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    Hi I'm Tony in Arkansas and I've been a wood worker for years but I've just got started Scrolling. Until now I've used a band saw for almost everything. Now I wish to broaden my ability by scrolling. I'm retired and spend most of my free time woodworking. I've had a scrollsaw for a long time and just started to use it but I mess up a lot. I don't know what blades to use or anything. So I'm here for help.

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      Welcome to the forum. You're going to have a lot of fun......
      My best suggestion for learning about blades is to check in with Mike at Mike's Workshop English featuring: my life story, a cancer survivor, scrollsawing samples and tips, community service, list of favorite sites and Flying Dutchman fretsaw blades for sale.. He knows more about blades than anybody and will put together a sample pack for you to try.

      Jan

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        Welcome to the group. There are many talented people here that are willing to help if you have problems and expect you to help if they have problems. We can all learn from each other. I know I have.


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          Welcome!

          Generally speaking, smallest blades are for the thinnest material and/or finest detail. Largest blades are for the thickest material and/or less detail. Blades are identified by a numbering system. The smaller the number, the smaller the blade. There are all sorts of different tooth configurations, but most folks like to use a reverse tooth blade for general scrolling. Even with reverse tooth there are differences as some have reverse teeth only on the bottom 1" or so and others space them throughout the length of the blade.

          Most of the blades you can buy off the shelf at the Big Box stores or hardware stores are overpriced and of dubious quality. Just about everyone I know orders their blades from an internet/mail order source. Flying Dutchman blades are widely recommended by folks on the forum. Olson blades are well regarded too. Try a few different ones, but keep in mind that they are somewhat application specific, so there really isn't a "one kind fits all" blade.
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