Don't get your Niquas in a twist!

20 February 2014 by Rod Carruthers
Hobbies has long been associated with Fretsaws from its humble beginnings in 1887 selling treadle fretsaws and lathes to the present day electrical fretsaw and scrollsaw machines. Todays Fretsaws & Scrollsaws are easy to use and produce incredible results in a short time. Modern machines incorporate special enhancements and safety features such as quick release blade clamps, hold-down arms, lights and magnifiers etc. Some machines take pin-end blades, some take pinless blades and a small selection will accept both types. A great idea of 'what to buy' and 'projects to make' can be found in the book Success with Scrollsaws In our opinion, Niqua fretsaw pin-less blades are amongst the best on the market. They are strong, sharp and long-lasting. They measure 130mm long to fit handframes, treadle fretsaws and power-driven fret machines and scrollsaws. Great for cutting wood, hardboard, plastic and most other materials. Niqua Scroll Saw / Fretsaw Blades Guide REF GRADE TPI 00F 00 27 TPI for fine overlay work 0F 0 26 TPI for fine overlay work 1F 1 25 TPI for 1/8" (3mm) wood 2F 2 20 TPI for 3/16" (4.5mm) wood 3M 3 19 TPI for 1/4" (6mm) wood 4M 4 18 TPI for...
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Hobbies Original Fretwork Plans for a Coronation Coach

13 February 2014 by Rod Carruthers
This model of the Coronation Coach was one of the most popular produced by Hobbies at the time of the coronation of King George VI. Although the wonderful carving and intricate parts cannot be accurately reproduced, the general lines are there so that one can recognise the symbols and figures of the prototype. The original coach itself is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship built in wood by our forebears as long ago as 1761. The beauty of the coach must be seen to be believed for the paintings on the side are alone works of art indicative of Industry, History, Peace, Royal Arms, the Liberal Arts and Sciences etc. all of which were executed by Cypriani. It is interesting to note, the original coach weighed 4 tons Hobbies' customer John Bugler wrote to us recently with a photograph of an impressive model of the Coronation coach he built himself : "Dear Hobbies, I am 77 and have been dealing with Hobbies since 1965. Fretwork has given me much pleasure over almost 50 years. A few items have been given as presents, but the majority have been used to raise money for various charities. I have kept very few items myself,...
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