Frank from http://www.pozsgaidesigns.com/gallery.htm had told me to try a clear packing tape to use to just hold patterns to wood; as I sawed it. He claimed it also helped the saw to work better.
I had always just used candle wax on my blades from stubs— It helped a lot too.
Well I finally tried it today!
If you have not tried it; you do not realize how much it helps! It outdoes the candle wax!
I had some letters to cut from oak faced plywood that is 3/4” thick with some very tight turns. I had already drawn around my patterns with a fine RED marker. I thought what the heck—try it! I totally cover the pieces with cheap clear packing tape. I pulled it tight and started sawing. Marvelous difference from the ones that I had cut a few days ago from the same piece!
-- just rjR