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    Yes, from time to time I must simply break down and vent.... I am sure some know how that feels.

    It was a simple task.... one I've done so many times before....
    changing the blade in my saw


    You know those pesky little wires that are wrapped around the new blades.... well perhaps it is the arthritis, perhaps it is the eyesight but this morning I wasted a good deal of time trying to get new blades undone.

    I had a little tantrum, giggle. If you want to call it that and for a moment thought of trying another BRAND (I know, I know.... don't go there!) Then.... when Sue came in the shop to see why I was ah, swearing.... she took less than a minute to open them. Laughed and left the room.

    Shaking my head here.....I am not aging well when someone who is years my senior can do it and I can't.

    So now I will mumble "bi-focals" as I head back in the shop.... thanks for listening. LOL.

    Take care
    Toni

  • #2
    I just cut them...mini wire cutters work great!

    Bob
    www.GrobetUSA.com

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    • #3
      Toni,

      I just did the same thing this past weekend. I bought some nifty plastic tubes to finally put my blades in (they were still in the little plastic baggie thingys). It was all I could do to keep from getting them and sometime me tangles in that little wire.

      I wanted to scream. Then I was having trouble keeping the blade in the saw. So I gave up and had lunch.
      Kelly
      "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dusty Buffalo
        Toni,

        I just did the same thing this past weekend. I bought some nifty plastic tubes to finally put my blades in (they were still in the little plastic baggie thingys). It was all I could do to keep from getting them and sometime me tangles in that little wire.

        I wanted to scream. Then I was having trouble keeping the blade in the saw. So I gave up and had lunch.
        Snap - I got little plastic tubes on sale at Lee Valley about a month ago. The other night I decided to be organised ( a rare occurrence) and actually put my blades inside them .. Got as far as unwinding 3 separate dozens from the copper then thought "S*d it!" and stuffed them in with the wires around them - I swear some of those wires are continuous loops
        Ian

        Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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        • #5
          Getting older can be frustrating, but it's better than the alternative!

          Gill
          There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
          (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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          • #6
            I just don't know what to think about you "old" people!!!! I'm 62 and still feel like 20.....(but only in my mind)!! LOL!!!
            If it don't fit, don't force it....get a bigger hammer!!

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            • #7
              I, of course, did a "happy dance" because I could do something that she couldn't (at that moment anyway LOL..it is not something that happens often)..of course my 'dance' probably just looked silly or like I had to run upstairs to the bathroom

              still smiling tho

              Sue Chrestensen

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              • #8
                I have a $ 2.00 tip for ya'll. Just like everything else, there is a right and a wrong way to unwire the packet of blades. On one end the wire is wound over itself, if you turn the packet over to the other end the wire should be loose enough to pull off. At least this is what I have found.

                But then again maybe Toni does need bi-focals
                Marsha
                LIFE'S SHORT, USE IT WELL

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                • #9
                  Don't ya just hate those da-m wires??
                  I use to unwind all my bundles when I put them in the neat little pvc tubes I made- stupid stunt- I had a doofer box I kept my blade holders in and was for ever knocking them over and they went everywhere-- after a long long time of doing the dumb way I got smart and decided to only open one bundle at a time- easier to pick up bundles than a zillion loose blades. Then I had a brain fart and made me a much needed blade tube holder for my "tubes" using a 2x4 and my drill press and air nailer I had one knocked out in no time- I can put all my blades in their own little house and just reach in and get one at a time ( after I unrap the little boogers.) I use a sharpend hat pin to get the thread started and have to admit that I go barefoot in the shop and would hate to get one in my foot. well dumb things do happen don't ya know.

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                  • #10
                    Some of you ladies don't carry a pocket knife in your slacks like most of us guys do .
                    I just use the smallest sharp blade in my Swiss army knife and slide it under the tiny brass wire to open it and then unroll the wire effortlessly without any frustration.
                    Works for me.
                    W.Y.
                    http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

                    The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

                    Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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                    • #11
                      A couple times I have had issues with getting the wires undone. One end is usually easier though. However I keep my blades in a "parts Cabinet", the chest with all the little drawers. I labeled them with the blade sizes. Since I knock things over a lot, I keep it across the room, and just pull the drawer for the size I am using over to the saw.
                      Mark Abbett
                      DW788

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                      • #12
                        I got me some scroll sawing glasses..

                        Originally posted by Toni Burghout
                        So now I will mumble "bi-focals" as I head back in the shop.....LOL.
                        I went to the eye doctor with the complaint that my bi-focals wasn't working for me anymore because I can't see the lines..
                        she laughed and said that my glasses are fine but bi-focals is the wrong kind eye glasses for doing scroll saw work so she fixed me up with some safety glasses that I can now see out of..

                        Those #2 blades looks "HUGE" now. the only problem is that I can't see anything further than 2 feet away from my nose with them..

                        Trout
                        Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
                        Fish are food, not friends!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Trout

                          Those #2 blades looks "HUGE" now. the only problem is that I can't see anything further than 2 feet away from my nose with them..

                          Trout
                          I'm glad it's not just me .. I only normally wear glasses for driving and sometimes watching TV but the last few years reading has been getting trickier ... it was getting to the point where I needed longer arms to be able to focus ...

                          So got reading glasses .. which I wear for scrolling too .. just can't see a bl**dy thing around me except the blade and workpiece!

                          Even the cat's blurred ..lol
                          Ian

                          Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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                          • #14
                            Whew! Well now I feel better! Giggle.

                            Good to know I am not the only one who fights the wire. These were NEVER a problem... glad one of the kids were not around.

                            Take care
                            Toni

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                            • #15
                              I use a magnifying light and don't need my glasses when I scroll just regular safety glasses. But I also have a pair of safety glasses with bifocals that I wear all the time in my shop instead of my glasses. Seems when I took my glasses off to place on the work bench they would either get lost, smashed under wood or dropped on the floor. Much cheaper to replace the safety glasses with bifocals at $18.00 a pair!! You can now also purchase vinyl stick on bifocals you can put on safety glasses! Ain't technology grand?

                              Betty
                              Betty

                              "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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