I bought a 25 dollar Craftsman scroll saw at a rummage
sale and spend a few hours last night making jigsaw
puzzles out of hardboard for a party. (Thanks for the
tip! The project worked out really well.)
I've never used one before, and I don't know a lot about
the tool. I have a couple of questions.
1) I bought Olson No.5 blades with the reverse teeth (even
though the manual said to use blades going one way) because
the package said it created a smoother cut on both sides.
Is this hype or are these blades a little better?
2) What is the purpose of using slower speeds? I cranked
it to the highest speed, worked for four hours. I broke
a couple of blades, but I figured that was par for the
3) (I know, I said a couple of questions) How do you tension
blades? I tightened until I could easily move the blade an
1/8 on an inch either way. Is that about right?
Thanks for the help.