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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 09-16-2015 01:49 AM 500 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2015 01:49 AM

Hello all, Im looking to do a small project with a scroll saw with an intricate design.

What type of blade would be suitable for this with a good finish left behind?

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 02:51 AM

You want Flying Dutchman blades, available at If you’re not sure what size/type to get (which kind of depends on your wood thickness/species what have you) drop Mike an email at, he’s very knowledgeable and great to deal with. He’ll even send you sample blades (scroll all the way down on the page linked to find out how – he only wants a dollar.)

Some quick info on selecting blades is here –

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 03:16 AM

Well Sir, based on your post, & limited details, its hard to say. Every scroller will have a different opinion. Off hand, I would suggest #1, #3, or #5 blades. There are skip tooth blades, reverse cut blades, & polar blades. Depending on the dimensions of your work piece, & your project, how detailed its going to be, etc., I would also suggest a couple of smaller sizes of spiral blades as well. The reverse cut blades will give about the best inside finish cut, but depending on blade speed, you’ll have some cleanup on the back. The spirals will have fuzzies also, but will be easier to cut out tiny spots where its pointless to try to work a flat blade around in. Might I ask what type of wood you’re planning to use, & what type of saw you own? Feel free to pm me if I can be of help to ya in any way. I’ll be happy to help you where I can.

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 10:15 AM

Im gonna be cutting some bloodwood. 9/16” thick.

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 11:23 AM

The bloodwood is kind of tough. I use Flying Dutchman blades and would try either #3 UR Ultra Reverse or #3 Polar Skip tooth. Those would give good detail but you may have breakage problems but go slow. You could also try #5 in both those styles.

Good Luck

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#5 posted 09-16-2015 12:44 PM

I cut 3/4” stock and use #5 blades doing double bevel inlay. Slow feed rate is required for these thicker woods.

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#6 posted 09-16-2015 02:04 PM

Lat, Thanks for starting this! I need blades now…will try Dutchman!

I only saw misc tiny parts stuff with the scrollsaw, but after realizing the 5” blades fit this Knew Concepts saw, I was happy as pig in fresh mud!

Size 3’s and 5’s work well for me.

BTW, the fret saw is so responsive it’s worth the asking price. IMO, a very few tools really improve the quality of workmanship…technique and skill cannot be faked. This saw is one of those tools that made me scream WOW the first time I removed DT waste! Not a paid endorsement. Unfortunately! :)

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#7 posted 09-16-2015 09:53 PM

Thank god I got a band saw!

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