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03-12-2010 06:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scrollworking scroll saw

i am fairly new to scroll sawing. i need some help with blade selection. what blade should i use to cut 3/4 walnut i am making bracelets and 1/2 hickory and what speed should i use

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 08:14 PM

14 hours and no reply? Come on LJ’s! I don’t have an answer but I’m sure someone does.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 09:42 PM

Sorry, I missed this earlier. . .
I use a lot of Olson blades when I buy them at local stores (rockler and menards both carry them, and I like them better then the Delta brand at lowes) I also order Flying Dutchman blades from mike’s workshop online, and they are great blades if you can wait for delivery.
I have cut walnut a few times; I think I used a number 5 skip tooth. It is my default blade for a lot of the cutting that I do.
What type of bracelets are you cutting? I have made a few, they can be fun projects.

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 10:06 PM

it is a bracelet i saw in woodworking mag.

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 10:19 PM

I buy all of my scroll saw blades from Mike’s Workshop (

I don’t think you can beat his Flying Dutchman brand blades, and Mike’s customer service is top drawer.

Every order I have ever placed with him has arrived within 2-3 days via USPS (he is in South Dakota, I am in Wisconsin).

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 11:20 PM

Here is a great site for scrollers.

A lot of people there also recommend Mikes. The quality of the blade make a big difference.

Brian A

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 03:10 AM

you can not go wrong with flying dutchman blades, thats the only ones I use. call mikes workshop, he is great to work with. also try covering your wood with strapping tape. cuts smoother and does not burn the wood.

-- Dale

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#8 posted 03-13-2010 06:12 PM

I love Flying Dutchman. He has blade info on his site and sells sampler packs. I started with the sampler pack until I figured out what type of blade I liked best.

Here’s the Queen:

Google Judy Gayle Roberts and sign up for her newsletter. Lots of info. Google Steve Good, free pattern almost daily.

I’ve only used ply and pine, so I would suggest using a scrap/test piece to find your ideal spead.

Google Rick Hutchinson too. He has a great site with lots of free info.


-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 03-13-2010 07:10 PM

Checkout this blog, Steve Good lots of interesting patterns and Ideas for beginners. Incidentally I second the motion on Flying Dutchman and mikes workshop, fast and great service…...

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#10 posted 03-14-2010 02:48 AM

I will add one thing about Mikes Workshop. He is so confident with the blades he will send you a sample free of charge. He has a section on the site for ordering a free sample.


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#11 posted 05-13-2014 10:45 PM

As I get to using the scroll saw am thinking when I see all the blades what blades to use for what thickness of wood what blades to use for different kinds of wood Hardwood/softwood I want to put in an order for blades and want to have a good supply of different blades is there a chart that would show use say reverse # 5 bade for what thickness of hardwood or softwood
Thank you

-- woodnutbob

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#12 posted 05-14-2014 12:30 AM

I cut a lot of 3/4” to 1 3/4” hardwood and soft wood on my scroll saw and what works for me are Flying Dutchman blades from Mike’s workshop.. I have successfully used polar #5 and Polar #7 but I find that their Ultra reverse #5 work best and last longest for cutting this thick stock. About $32 a gross.

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#13 posted 05-14-2014 02:03 AM

I like this chart:

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#14 posted 05-14-2014 10:23 PM

Thanks everybody for your help

-- woodnutbob

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