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lumberjoe

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346 days ago

So I’ve had a scroll saw for about 8 months and I finally decided to give it a shot tonight. No matter what I do, I cannot follow a line. It seems when I put pressure on the blade, it wanders. I’ve tried speed, more tension (bad idea) less tension (bad idea) and different blades. I practiced on a piece of cherry – about 3/8 thick with a No2 Olson plain end blade.

Any good places to look for the basics? I’d really like to start scrolling as I have a few projects in mind that would benefit from some fretwork

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#1 posted 345 days ago

I never used a scroll saw in my life, did you check YouTube or other videos?

https://www.google.com/#bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=9e2c13b57a36ff47&q=how+to+use+scroll+saw+video

-- Bert

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 345 days ago

ASK LJ Sheila Landry! She’s the real McCoy. Go to blogs or Jocks, find her and drop her a PM. She’ll be glad to stop her busy chores of the day of painting, pattern making and scrolling solve your problem. Keep us advised, Please.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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CFrye

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#3 posted 345 days ago

I’m no expert either. Here are a few who are…
Sheila Landry (Scrollgirl) did a LJ series of classes here.
Steve Good explains cutting a straight line on a scrollsaw here.
Helped me understand.
As with anything it takes practice. Your first inlay cutting board wasn’t perfect…keep trying!

-- God bless, Candy

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americancanuck

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#4 posted 345 days ago

Go to the classes section here on lumber jocks and find Sheila Landrys series on scroll sawing. It was invaluable to me when I started and I still go back and look at it all the time.

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Handtooler

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#5 posted 345 days ago

Candy, Thanks for Steve Good’s video It’s invaluable knowedge

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 345 days ago

Since no one has mentioned “feed rate”, I will. Scroll saws are small scale cutters and NOT like BSs and TSs. You need to slow down… a lot. Also note that some woods with coarse grain will cause the blade to jump/follow the grain. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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scrollsaw

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#7 posted 345 days ago

Make sure your blade is not loose and take your time.The more you scroll the better you will get

-- Todd

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kepy

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#8 posted 345 days ago

You might want to try a softer wood to get you started. The main thing is to let the saw do the work without forcing. A little larger blade for beginning might also help (maybe a #5 or 7).

-- Kepy

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lumberjoe

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#9 posted 345 days ago

Thanks guys. Candy, that’s what I was looking for.

Mike, you are correct. I think my major problem problem is balancing stroke speed and feed rate. I need to find a good combo that works. If I feed slow I find I have to use more pressure than I like and the blade really wanders/deflects. Too fast of a feed and the tracking is waaaay off.

From my experience with other tools (routers, bandsaws, jigsaws), the results I was getting indicated a major tool setup issue since no matter what I did I could not get a proper cut. After looking at some of the stuff mentioned here, technique plays a very large role.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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distrbd

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#10 posted 345 days ago

I am a total newbie with a scroll saw(and woodworking in general).For me ,in order to cut straight ,I always sit to the right of the blade and feed the piece I’m cutting towards the left(slightly) and forward.
Another tip I learned from an old timer is: it is alright to go back and forth ever so slightly ,to cut on the line.

I hope this helped,there’s a great scroll saw you can check out,great members and lots and lots of info:
http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/

-- Ken from Ontario

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RolfBe

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#11 posted 336 days ago

I have been scrolling for about 8+ years and have learned a few thing in that time.
First all blades tend to cut to one side (with a few exceptions) that is because of how they are manufactured. There is a burr that will cause them to cut to your right as you face the saw. You learn to compensate for that.
The main thing is to use quality blades Olson, Flying Dutchman, Pegas to name a few. The next thing is blade tension. Judy Gale Roberts had a great audio file on her site that gives you an idea on how the blade should sound. Another thing is to look where you are going not where you have been like when you drive.
Once you remove the pattern no one will know that you wandered off the line.

-- "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can" Hawk G4 ss, New Nova 16-24 DVR XP

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DKV

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#12 posted 190 days ago

Lumberjoe, is your problem completely solved. Any revelations you care to share? Thanks,

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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lanwater

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#13 posted 190 days ago

lumberjoe, I have mine for 3 over 3 years and I only used it a handful of time.
I cant cut strait or make an angle. I am also rushing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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lumberjoe

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#14 posted 190 days ago

Yeah. 1 word – DRIFT. I’m able to do some pretty acceptable scrolling now that I figured out the drift angle of my saw. That was the biggest thing setting me back. it gets tricky when the piece changes directions. I have to remember what side of the line/pattern to keep the blade on so I am working against the drift instead of letting it wander.

I’m not sure if this is normal, but instead of trying to fight with it, I made friends with it. Also playing with FPM and feed rate was a big help. I tend to speed things up (both) when doing long sweeping curves or straight portions, then slow things down when it’s about to get intricate – not unlike driving a high performance vehicle at it’s edge.

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DKV

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#15 posted 190 days ago

Thanks lumberjoe. Every little bit of feedback helps.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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