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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 12:41 AM

Jewelers blades are metal cutting blades, so they have exceedingly fine teeth and the blade material is extremely tough. They are generally much smaller than even an “00” blade, so the line between pieces in marquetry are nearly invisible. The tooth configuration is different, similar to the difference between bandsaw blades for wood and metal. Scroll work is more often done in thick wood compared to the veneer thicknesses measured in thousandths, even if the veneers are stacked.
So, with that understanding, I still can’t recommend because you haven’t indicated what you intend to do with the blade. If you are scrolling, I wouldn’t use the jeweler’s blade because of heat build up due to not clearing the saw dust. The wider spacing of the teeth on wood cutting blades clears the dust better in thicker woods. If you are scrolling sheet metal, then the jewelers blade works better.
Size is selected for kerf width and minimum radius needed. In my case minimum radius is the primary criteria. Smoothness of cut depends a lot on size and tooth spacing, but also on the operator’s skill in maintaining a steady cut.
Did that wordy response answer your question?

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