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Hawgnutz

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2536 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: scroll_saw_blades

I just purchased a scroll saw to cut routing patterns, as well as the “stations” for the domino game, Mexican train. They will be cut from 1/4” plywood and luan. Which style of blades would you all reccomend?
I am thinking spiral blades, around 20-30 TPI, or 15TPI hook blades.

I am a rookie to this saw, and would appreciate any information from the “experts” here!

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards


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Sawdust2

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#1 posted 2536 days ago

Hawg,we all started as a rookie each time we got a new tool.

I don’t have lot’s of experience but I would stay away from the spiral because it is too easy to get off the line.
(I assume you follow the rookie rule of following lines),

If you have planned for the kerf in your drawing the bigger blades will work best until you get experienced. One of the problems with the thinner kerfed blades is that they tend to bow as you cut and then the blade is behind where your eyes are as you cut and the curves get all out of kilter.

The course I took in marquetry involved using the scroll saw.What took my partner and I an hour and a half to cut was done by the instructor in 20 minutes. That’s the difference between us rookies and those who have to make a living at it.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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brunob

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#2 posted 2536 days ago

I like Hawk and PS Wood. They both produce excellent blades. If you talk to them, they’ll give you good advice. The spiral blades give you a lot of side tearout. Standard blades do not.

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

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Buckskin

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#3 posted 2536 days ago

I would go with the standard blades until you get the hang of your saw. Like Sawdust2 suggested it is easy to get off track with the spirals. However, the spirals will certainly make detail cuts that you just can not do with the standard blades.

We all must crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run. I am still crawling myself.

How is that tailgate coming out?

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Sawdust2

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#4 posted 2536 days ago

You also should consider that your can, as is used in marquetry, get blades as thin as .02”. But that is using on really thin wood and leaves virtually no kerf.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Hawgnutz

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#5 posted 2531 days ago

Thanks, Sawdust. I certainly understand the difference between pros and my measly undertakings.

Buckskin, I plan to use teh scrollsaw to cut out the letters to make a patetrn for my router. I don;t trust my freehand skills…LOL

I will plan for a kerf in my plans. No detail work just yet. Like i said I am just cutting out teh letetrs of an old Ford tailgates. I got some epoxy for the finish and plan to cover that with poly. I will post it when finished.

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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