My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #450: The Mystery Blades are Surprisingly Good

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-03-2011 12:05 PM 1280 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was very pleased that yesterday I was able to pretty much finish up the next set of skaters that have to go out on Tuesday. Between the saw and the new blades that I am trying out, everything worked out perfectly and was actually a lot of fun.

Once again, I am quite impressed with the unknown blades that I am trying out for one of my wholesale companies. Not only are they sharp and accurate, but they last a really long time too. One blade lasted through three sets of 20 figures with little effort. I probably could have kept cutting with them, but at that point when I stopped and turned the pieces, there was slight burning in the corners. I decided that three sets was enough and changed the blade at that point, although it was still quite sharp and went through four layers of 1/8” birch pretty much effortlessly.

I don’t think I have ever used blades that performed that well. I am quite anxious to find out what they are. Not only do they last long, but they track right on the spot, and I find that there is no drift whatsoever with them. They turn very accurately and tightly too, and got around those tiny skate blades with little effort at all.

One other bonus that I discovered is that the back edge is near perfect. They are reverse-tooth blades, which means that on the bottom inch of the blade, the teeth are pointed upwards so that there is no tear-out on the bottom of the piece you are cutting. In theory this is great, but I still find that even if I use reverse-tooth blades, most of them still leave a definite ridge on the back of the piece. Although it is much less than with regular blades, it still requires some sanding and you can tell the back from the front.

That is not the case with these blades. The bottom edge is nearly as perfect as the top edge. And even though there may be a slight ridge there, it is far less than what I am used to and a great improvement. That means a lot when I am cutting several hundred pieces like I am now. It will really make a difference in the amount of time I am going to need to sand to clean up the backs.

I was given about five or six types of blades to try out, and these are the first ones I have done so. I can’t wait to see if the other sizes perform equally. If they do, I think that they have a winner on their hands. It will be interesting to see who makes these blades and how they will be marketed. So far, so good.

While cutting in the afternoon, we had some company stop over. This was unusual because as you probably can tell, I am not quite the social butterfly. Besides family gatherings, we are pretty much homebodies, with most of our focus on work. I am not complaining at all, as I like it that way. I enjoy what I do so that most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work, as you know. But every once in a while we have friends drop over to see what we are up to.

This time a friend of my partners came and he brought his wife and seven year old son. They only stayed a bit, as I was in the middle of cutting and Keith was in the middle of making a pen. They were quite interested in what we were up to and enjoyed seeing us in our work environment. Their son was intrigued with the cats, and they with him.

After a bit, they invited us to dinner at their camp on nearby Eel lake. We never realized that they had a place there, as we frequently take walks on the vary road to their place. It is a nice and quiet place where once in a while we would even slip in between the camps and go swimming.

We gladly accepted the invitation and after finishing up our work here at home, headed out for the evening. I wish I had brought my camera, because their spot was very pretty. Their cabin was simple, but cozy and we had an easy dinner of barbeque hamburgers along with a macaroni salad that I brought and some fresh strawberries for dessert. The weather was perfect and calm and I played frisbee with their son while Isabel took a swim (I hadn’t brought my suit)

After supper we made a bonfire on the beach and watched the sun go down and just sat and talked for a bit. Isabel was originally from Quebec. She met Timon when he was there attending university and they came back here to Nova Scotia over 10 years ago. She said she very much preferred it here to there, even though most of her family lived in Quebec. When she came here, she did not even speak English and when she was telling stories, she was very animated and would slip back into French from time to time. I could mostly understand though, as living where I do here, most people are bi-lingual and I am beginning to pick some phrases up. In any case, she was friendly and fun and we had a nice time. I feel as if I made some new friends.

Today I have a variety of tasks to complete. I still need to cut the ponds, but I probably won’t do that until tomorrow. I want to do them on the table saw and that will require me heading over to Keith’s parents to do so. I need to print out the pattern packets and do a light sanding and inspection on all the pieces I have cut. I also want to work on the birds.

All in all, it was a good day. I accomplished a great deal, and took some time in the evening to relax and unwind and enjoy the beautiful place where I live. It is good to find that balance in life. I realize it isn’t always possible, but when it does, it shows us how good life can be. I am very fortunate to have such a good life.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

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

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

Good morning Sheila,
The way I look at it, those sample blades are really specially made because they make the best for those first run of production. I hope they would not change when business got bigger. Like most of your work, they become better and better because it is handcrafted but those whose business is going for a mass production, they give priority on higher profit by more production rather than quality.
Today was a fine day for me… I have done the newest challenge in me…. veneering.
Hope you can do the best and shorten the list of those orders. Just be careful. Yesterday, I was reading your blog and I am glad your car is done and good again. Your are very productived these days.

God bless,

-- Bert

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 02:57 PM

Make sure you let us know what brand those blades are when you find out!

I have a funny feeling whose blades they are, but am going to keep it to myself until I find out. ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 04:12 PM

Howdy there ! REF; blades: I’m with bob be looking forward to seeing what kind they are . Got to love a nice fire But I didn’t hear about any smores or cresent rolls being made .

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 09-03-2011 04:44 PM

Yes, I will certainly share the information with everyone when I find out.

Bert – I don’t know if they are from an established company or a new one. I also don’t know if these blades are already on the market, or if they are a totally new process which would support your thoughts on being the first run series. I suppose I will find out later on. :)

Bob – I am also guessing to myself what they may be, but they are really better than most if not all the others I tried so I don’t think I could make a good guess. You will have to get back to me also when we all find out what they really are. :)

And David – We had a simple dinner and not too much in the line of food. That was OK though because what we did eat was good and certainly enough. They did pass the can of Pringles around the fire later on, but I wasn’t too hungry yet. All in all though it was a great spur of the moment evening. Sometimes those are the best!

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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 09-03-2011 04:55 PM

Sounds like a fun day, Sheila. You have to stop to smell the roses on occassion.

I’m curious to hear what the blades are.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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