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Mustache Mike's Corner #3: Everything you ever wanted to know about scroll saw blades

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 07-30-2013 10:35 PM 1401 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A Cheapie, an Oldie and a Pricey Scroll Saw Part 3 of Mustache Mike's Corner series Part 4: Scroll saw blade tension, alignment and more... »

Mustache Mike is back in his corner of the workshop and today it’s all about scroll saw blades. Who knew there were so many styles? Some of the most exciting woodworking video footage since the time Stumpy nearly took his nose off with a router.

Mustache Mike is normally Stumpy’s loyal sidekick on Blue Collar Woodworking. But as an avid scroller and turner, he’s going to be taking his unique talents prime time with a monthly show of his own! New episodes will be posted here, and at Stumpynubs.com!

“After watching this one, visit the greatest woodworking “info-tainment site on the internet!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com



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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 11:56 PM

Fine job Mike, very informative…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 12:13 AM

Nice video! Blades are a complex issue. I believe that is because the scroll saw is such a versatile tool. It can do a huge range of cutting from delicate, lacy fretwork to cutting 2” stock for gingerbread fretwork used in architecture. Thanks, Mike for giving a great overview of the different types of blades. You are right – Keith and I use approximately 4-5 different blades for about 95% of all the scrolling we do. We ‘settled’ on our favorites for our designs, and while we have other sizes handy, those few sizes are our ‘go to’ blades for most of our work. Personal preference, type of wood, thickness of wood, intricacy of design and even what scroll saw you are using play a factor.

I really enjoyed the video and look forward to the next part.

Keep the saw dust flying! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 12:17 AM

Now that I know all that I need to know about scroll saw blades….

Does the mustache help to filter saw dust???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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nomercadies

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 01:35 AM

Even though there is quite a bit of “corn” in the stash, the old “bean” is still fresh. Can’t wait for the next “scroll salad.”

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Dave

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 01:53 AM

Mike I loved it.
Great show and good information.
Keep em coming.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 02:05 AM

I was wondering when your next show would happen.

Lots and lots of information! Flashbacks hey! LOL! do you listen to Lead Zeppelin while your cutting?

Innovative storage for the blades. Looks like your earning your keep. Two aprons and three shirts! The educational props were excellent.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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steliart

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#7 posted 07-31-2013 10:49 AM

nice vid Mike, good info there
thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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MustacheMike

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 12:21 AM

Thanks for the kind words! Sorry it has been a while since the last video. Stumpy and I have been putting a lot of time into his show. Updating the format, set, cameras etc. Mine will be more regular now. We never realized the amount of time these shows would take. Looks so easy on PBS!!!!!

-- You can trust Mike -" because I will never pull your stash!" See my show weekly at Stumpynubs.com

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MustacheMike

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 12:24 AM

Just noticed your post Sheila. Thanks for your words of support as well. Especially coming from some one with your scrolling and pattern making talent’s.

-- You can trust Mike -" because I will never pull your stash!" See my show weekly at Stumpynubs.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 12:32 AM

I get asked about blades all the time. I certainly have my own preferences, as I am sure you do – but I find that everyone doesn’t work in the same way and some blades ‘fit’ people better than others. I think it is good that you don’t try to steer anyone in one direction or another as far as blade companies. There are many good companies that make great blades and I have seen one scroller LOVING a certain blade and the scroller by their side DESPISING that same blade! I know there are some that I don’t feel I do my best scrolling with that others swear by and I don’t understand for the likes of me how that happens. Go figure!

I think that your advice for them to TRY some samples from several different companies is the best idea. I would hate to see someone quit scrolling because they are working with blades that aren’t what they are comfortable with. It’s like shoes – if one pair isn’t comfortable, try on another until you find one that fits right!

Again – great video and information! I look forward to the next part! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#11 posted 08-01-2013 11:53 AM

Way ta go, Mike. Gr8 info. I like the radio face. Look forward to your upcoming vids.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 08-01-2013 02:30 PM

Good show Mike, very informal and interesting.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#13 posted 08-02-2013 10:01 AM

Well done….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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eddie

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#14 posted 08-15-2013 01:43 PM

great video mike ,very informative , picked up a lot thanks

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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