scroll saw issues

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Blog entry by Blozo posted 03-02-2011 09:01 PM 1265 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working on a project, where I am going to need to use those real thin scroll saw blades that do not have the pins at the top and bottoms. I am having difficulty getting those type secure in my saw. normally i have only used the scroll saw blades with the pins. any suggestions on using these type of blades would be helpful…

another issue I have is my scroll saw seems to make alot of nices and seems to shake exessively… It is a craftsman, not sure of the model, but it is also a few years old….

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 09:20 PM

Craftsman make’s a conversion kit so you can hold those type of blades think it’s 25$ .For the shaking you might want to put some foam floor mats under it an mount it to a bench or stand.

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 09:27 PM

Not sure if your scrollsaw is like my old Craftsman or not, mine is a few years old as well. It would vibrate badly. Some of this was remedied by bolting the saw to a thick piece of plywood that I would clamp to the bench. The saw is light and the table is aluminum so any unsteady surface would make it rock badly. The plywood helped give it some stability. If the saw is knocking, check your blade guard height. Sometimes the armature will hit the blade guard when it is on. Lowering it will eliminate this. If the sound is like a loud sewing machine, that was pretty much normal for mine.

On blade changes, takes a bit to get the hang of pinless blades. I thread and install on the bottom first. Make sure the metal is as far back as it can go in the blade clamp. Tighten the knob and then pull the armature down and do the same on the top clamp. Rotate the tightening mechanism until plucking it makes almost a musical sound. If the blade pulls loose, the clamps are not tight enough, the blade is not deep enough in the clamp, or the clamp threads have become somewhat stripped and cannot be tightened enough to hold the blade.

Hope this helps,


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John Stegall

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 12:15 AM

For the vibrations you might consider making a plywood box, fill it with sand, then bolt your saw to the top of it. The sand will absorb a lot of vibration. The deeper the box, the more sand it will hold. I think my box was 10” x 18” x 10” deep.

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 04:48 AM

I think i am loving these pinless blades…... so more manuverable.. as for the vibrations, i just use some clamps on my work station and slow down the saw the hose that blows air on the work piece to remove saw dust broke…. ugh so now i just blow on my wood lol

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