The Dremel Scroll Station has been in the Toolmonger shop almost since the beginning of Toolmonger. It sits on a shelf, quietly minding its business until we come up with some strange call for it and drag it out from its slumber to cut funky shapes. Without really thinking about it, we’ve never even reviewed another scroll saw because it became the standard by which we judged other saws — a judgment that left many others lacking.
It is true that the mention of cutting something with a Dremel often sends images of rotary tools springing to mind. In our case, it’s a knowing nod that the Scroll Station was involved. The 18″ throat handles most projects (including some headboard cutout work I just cranked out on it) with relative ease.
Other than the air puffer snapping off in the first week, the Dremel has been the junkyard dog in the shop since it arrived: it gets no respect, no glam, no gentle treatment — just the expectation that it’ll do its job to earn its keep, and for just shy of five years the Scroll Station has been doing just that. The controls are still tight and right where they should be. The table’s still flat (even after being used as a step-stool during busy days) and, besides the occasional snapping blade, it has required no maintenance.
Unexpectedly hardcore, the Scroll Station has survived in a shop that doesn’t always treat it very well. After several years of that, even we must take our hats off in salute.