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    Hi, My name is Mike. I bought a Dremel 1680 off craigslist today for $50. I know they've been discontinued but, I wanted to get in to this as cheaply as I could. It's in pretty good shape and the guy that owned it used it right up until yesterday. He replaced it with a Hitachi that has a more powerful motor. I've never used a scroll saw and the projects that I'm interested in are wooden gear clocks. I hope I have the patience and skill to make them. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Most forums that I'm on I at least know something about what's being discussed. This is totally uncharted territory.

    I'm looking forward to an enjoyable hobby and new friends
    Last edited by wood-n-things; 01-28-2012, 11:50 AM. Reason: Repaired font

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    Welcome A Board!! You will be hard pressed to find a friendlier or more knowledgeable group on the net re: woodworking. Share your knowledge and do not hesitate to ask questions. The only dumb question is the one that remains unasked.

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    Take a few minutes to read through them. They are chock full of great information.

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    "Still Montana Mike"

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    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


    • #3
      Hi Mike !
      Mike you should check out not to far from ya . Showcase 2011 Home

      hope to see ya there .
      Excalibur 21


      • #4
        Welcome! I lived in Rome for a couple of years 77-79.
        this is a great hobby and we look forward to your question and project photo's.
        Is thr Dremel a pined or pin less blade saw?
        RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
        Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
        Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
        And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association


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          by markdavd
          When a blade slips out, the tendency is to tighten it more. Make sure you haven't over-tightened the clamp forcing the sides apart. Most OEM clamps are made from soft aluminum so once it starts they will continue spreading and it will be near-impossible to keep the blades in place.

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        • Sandy Oaks
          Reply to Frustrated
          by Sandy Oaks
          Blade slippage is a function of the blade clamp holder and or the set screw and thumb screw with swivel.
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          Reply to Frustrated
          by NC Scroller
          Tricia what saw do you have? Does the blade slip or it just won’t tighten?
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          Reply to Frustrated
          by wjbclocks1
          Are yoou sure that your not puting the blades to far up in the top clamps,. ( l learned thst the hard way)...
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        • cwmagee
          Reply to Frustrated
          by cwmagee
          Have you tried to rough up the thumb screws tips? How old are the blade clamps? may be time to replaced them.
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