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.
there are a great group of folks at Scrollsawer.com hosted by Fox Chapel
publishing the forum has members from all over the world with tons of
knowledge here is the link http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/index.php you
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On Fri, 8 Aug 2008 20:46:14 -0400, "Daryl Walters"
Reverse fret blades do work better, giving less splintering on the
bottom. I use them almost exclusively.
I use Flying Dutchman blades from Mikes workshop. They are the best
blades that I have tried. Except for some heavy duty blades which I
think had a defect, the other blades almost never break. I tighten
the blades as tight as I can get them. It makes for better control
and straighter cuts. With 1/8" deflection the blades will bow on
thicker wood. You slow the speed down for better control.
Some of my scroll saw work is at
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