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Forum topic by bhack posted 05-11-2012 05:17 PM 1008 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2012 05:17 PM

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I am going to cut an apple in a piece of 1.5 inch thick Western Cedar. I will probably use a #7, .045x.017, 12tpi blade. So my question is what speed do I set my saw? My saw has a speed of 400 to 1600 strokes per minute. I also have some #9 and #12 blades. Should I go with #7, #9, or #12 blade.

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 05:36 PM

Have the saw speed high, and the feed rate slow. 1.5” thick is pretty thick for most scroll saws, but it should work. I would also probably use a #7, but the #9 might be better. You can try a short cut with each one and see what works better. Typically I use the smallest blade that gets the job done for the best control and quality of cut.

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 06:43 PM

I usually leave my Dewalt 788 set on the highest speed. I have found the trick is covering your pattern with clear packing tape, makes a HUGE difference! For some reason the tape lubricates the blade and pretty much eliminates burnt edges and extends blade life. Give it a try, it was a game changer for me!

PS I highly recomend Flying Dutchman blades!

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