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Blog entry by jerrells posted 02-23-2011 10:04 PM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK Jocks – I have a blade question. I have a Porter Cable 16” scrollsaw (like you get at the big hardware stores) and I am starting to have problems with the lower blade holder. When using PLAIN END blades (loike a #2) seems like the lower clamp lets go most of the time. It is getting fuustrating. I tighten it as hard as I can and make sure it is in the center of the screw. What else cai/should I be doing. This is no fun at all.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Alan S

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 10:13 PM

If you can take apart the blade clamp and rough up the surfaces that come in contact with the blade with some sandpaper, that might help. The surfaces can get pretty smooth after a while so a little roughness should help keep a grip on the blade.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 10:27 PM

I was going to type the same as Alan. Also, you may want to remove the piece completely and rub it on a flat surface to make sure it is completely flat, as that portion can sometimes become rounded a bit. Making sure it is flat will help ensure maximum contact of the holder with the blade.

Sheila :)

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

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 10:30 PM

Ditto Alan and Sheila. Rough up the holder a bit.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 03:38 PM

I have tried all three of these to some success and I thank each of you for possting. I read a blog, last night on the scrollsaw I have, that said to sand (or rough up) the ends of the blade a little. Seems that on this scrollsaw, if you don’t get the blade centered on the lower screw you may have this problem. I looked on Olsen’s (the blade I use the most) WEB Site and found no information about the coating on the baldes. However, they do coat them to protect the teeth, provide a little lub. and to perserve during shipping and storage. In use this coating serves no purpose (in the clamp areas) so I will try this procedure next time I get in the shop, not today things to do.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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