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    Hello everyone, I have been reading the forum for a little over a year now and have enjoyed all the great advice that all everyone has for each other.

    My handle is big foot b/c that's my nick name at work. Probably has to do with my size 13's. LOL

    I am NOT skilled at this whole typing / computer thing so it will take me awhile to ask or answer anyone with my 2 finger skills.

    I discovered scrollsawing by accident a year ago when I saw the Scroll Saw Workshop magazine at the book store & picked it up to have a look.

    I have worked with & enjoyed working with wood for quite a few years now but wanted to start doing smaller projects due to lack of space.
    I started on a Sears 16 inch saw - which I had to convert to pinless - & once I realized how much I enjoyed it, bought a 20 inch Dewalt DW788. Unfortunately, it's in the repair shop b/c I have had some trouble with it.
    I think it might be the tension b/c the blade looses tension when I am sawing.
    Anyone had a similar problem or any suggestions?

    I am still a novice but have been pleased with most of the work I've done so far. I get my blades from Mikes Workshop and that is again thanks to the great advice on this forum.

    I am looking forward to chating with & learning from you all.

    Big Foot

  • #2
    Welcome Bigfoot!
    Scrolling is an awesome hobby.

    There are many users of Dewalt here. I am sure you will get the advice you need.

    It is always great to see fellow Canadians join the site. Its a small world after all.
    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


    • #3
      Are you sure your blade wasnt just sliding out of the holder. It dont take much to become loose. Perhaps just an emery board dragged across the blade holders would have cured it.
      Dale w/ yella saws


      • #4

        Big foot-

        Welcome to the forum. I just sent my DeWalt 788 to the shop for the same reason. You can go to the 'General Scroll Saw' section of this forum and see '788 has lose tension' thread.

        You will get the best advice on this forum that for sure. I started about the same way. Now I really love scrolling.


        My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


        • #5
          HI Big foot. and Welcome . you will meet many friends here. with some great advice. I only had the blade slipping proleam 1 time. thought it was my quick clamp. so bought a new one. but found it was only some oil on my blades . I was cutting 1" oak at the time. and cranked it down. kept slipping out. but now i know the reason for me. wipping the tips of my blades with alcohole, before putting them in, done the trick. you may have a differant probleam . changing from pin blades to straight end blades was a new lesson for me. but would'nt change back now. thats what happend to me. your new friend , in calif. Evie


          • #6

            Thanks for the welcome.
            I sanded the clamps and the ends of the blades, which I learned from this forum. It doesn't appear that the blades are slipping out of the clamps so.. b/c my saw is still covered by it's 1 year warranty, I took it to the repair shop to see if they could help.
            I am waiting to see what they say.
            minowevie, I will certainly try your suggestions as well once I get the saw back-thanks

            big foot


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