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  • Buster

    Very new at this. Bought a delta p20 scroll approx 15 years ago. Now retired and want to have a go at this interesting medium. Have done a small amount of practising and want to understand the art and get some degree of proficiency. Am confused about the speeds involved and would like to get some info on speeds and blade types. Any suggestions on what and where I might purchase this info. Have got Patrick Spielman Scroll Saw Silhouette Patterns.
    Thanks for any help. Buster

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    • #3
      Hey Buster. the speed thing is something you will find varies with whatever your doing and blades you are using. Theres no need to purchase any of that info you are looking for, its all free right here in this message board! welcome aboard
      Dale w/ yella saws


      • #4
        Hi Buster and welcome to the forum. I just started under a year ago and I have "The New Scroll Saw Handbook" by Patrick and "Scroll Saw Pattern Book" by Patrick & Patricia Spielman.
        The speed of your saw will depend on the type of wood you choose and the size/type of blade. The harder and thicker the wood, the faster your speed. Also, the size of blade would be a larger number, probably #5,7,or 9.
        Just reading a lot first on the forum and the books on this info will help a great deal, and practice on some scrap peices of wood. Good luck and most of all, have fun because it is!!
        Also, watch the videos, I was confused at first, too, but it will come with patience and practice.



        • #5
          Hi Buster. I have an older Delta scroll saw. I don't remember the model number, so it might not be the same as yours, but I keep the speed dial set in the middle of the range for 99% of my scroll saw work. This includes 1/8" plywood and 1 1/2" pine. If the wood is extra hard or extra thick, I push it through a little slower.


          • #6
            The speed on the P-20 is set by moving a belt. It is easier than it sounds. I usually run it as fast as I can. Start smelling smoke I will slow it down. Real fragile pieces I just feed it slower. Good luck
            Chuck D

            When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
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            Hegner 18, Delta p-20, Griz 14 inch Band saw


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