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    ok i have pin end blades. i dont know if its just the kind i have or if its how they are regular. but at the top and bottom there is like a little t, there are little pegs on them jutting out from the sides, does this make sense? anyways i started my first projects but i came to a problem the inside cuts are too small to drill a big whole to fit the top of the blades in. so what do i do???? i need help....

  • #2
    Girl : Sounds like to me you are going to have to buy some pinless blades , some of the scrollsaws out there will take the pin and pinless blades . I don;t know exactly what kind of saw you are trying to cut with , I never use the pin blades for the simple fact of having to drill a large hole - for in the real intricate cutting the pined blades will not work - { And I don't know weather your saw will except pinless blades } . I'm sorry it sounds like bad news , my two-cents worth ...........MB
    Usually busier than a cat in a sandbox !!!!!!!!!!! MB { Dewalt 788 only }

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    • #3
      yea i have pinless blades but they just keep popping out i have broke 1. i have a cheap saw, skil, this is depressing
      this is what saw i have Shop Skil 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw at Lowes.com

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      • #4
        That is the dilemma that you have when you use the pin end blades. The pin end blades and saw they are used on are good starter saws. But then you reach a point where you want to more intricate patterns. The only choice you have to do those is to graduate to the next saw. You will need to use plain end blades, and find a saw that accepts those. You really don't need to spend a ton of money to upgrade your saw. Here is where you have options. You can hunt the internet for a nice used saw, say an RBI or Hegner, etc, and get it at a good price.They show up on ebay regularly and craigslist. The problem is, you need to find one near you so you can pick up in person. The other option is to treat yourself to a nice new saw, depending on your budget, we can recommend something for you.
        But I will tell you this for a fact. The better your saw is, the better your work will turn out.

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        • #5
          i will have to save up to get one as i have no money to get one right now. thank you guys

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          • #6
            Originally posted by flagrl View Post
            i will have to save up to get one as i have no money to get one right now. thank you guys
            I used a so-called cheap Craftsman 16" scroll variable speed for almost 10 years - before the jaws wore out on it , and I didn't have to spend an arm and leg for it . You may want to the price for new jaws for your Skil - these are just a few ideas - that you may want to kick around ................MB
            Usually busier than a cat in a sandbox !!!!!!!!!!! MB { Dewalt 788 only }

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            • #7
              You can take a ball peen hammer or any hammer and knock the pin out of one end insert the blade through your smaller entry hole and insert the pin back through the blade and still use pin end blades. It will be time consuming but at this point in time you really do not have a choice.

              Don't give up, just work around the situation until you can afford a better saw. If your saw will accept pinless blades and they are slipping out of the holder try wiping them down with mineral spirits (the blades) and getting rid of the oil on them this may help alleviate them slipping.
              "Still Montana Mike"

              "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
              Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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              • #8
                where would i find the jaws for the scrollsaw? and i can tighten it up where it will fit but after a few minutes it pop's out. so i will try the mineral spirits but i dont know if that would help but i will try thank you guys soooo much

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by flagrl View Post
                  where would i find the jaws for the scrollsaw? and i can tighten it up where it will fit but after a few minutes it pop's out. so i will try the mineral spirits but i dont know if that would help but i will try thank you guys soooo much
                  You can get the model Number off you Skil Scrollsaw and Google it for replacement parts online and this should help you find it and the price - now after you price it - you may decide after you get the price that you;d be better just to buy a new saw also . I think I gave $125.OO for my 16" craftsman and I think they wanted $50.00 for new jaws - well my saw was 10 years old I decided to up-grade to a new scrollsaw - since I knew I was going todo mostly scroll-work . Good Luck in what ever your decision you make ..............MB
                  Usually busier than a cat in a sandbox !!!!!!!!!!! MB { Dewalt 788 only }

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                  • #10
                    Hi Flagirl,

                    I did exactly the same when I started scrolling - so don't feel too bad. This saw will allow you to learn some basics. It will also inform your choice on a new saw better than reading other people's opinions ever will.

                    You can still do stuff that needs a large internal cut e.g. Diane Thompson's compound ornaments can be quite fun.

                    Another possibility is an adaptor to take plain blades The Wooden Teddy Bear, Inc.: Accessories
                    When I first got this I thought it was great but you need an allen key each time you change blades. So if you look at a pattern and it's got 20 or so internal cuts .....

                    All the best and stick with it
                    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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                    • #11
                      I do feel sorry for you, I am sure we have all made mistakes in the past. I seem to remember when you first posted questions on here you were advised to use pinless blades for the very reason you have this problem with inside cuts. But as people have said, don't give up, there are lots of things you can still do like children's jig saw puzzles, name signs, oven pulls etc. If you can make these things and sell them at a craft fair or to friends then you will soon have enough money for a new scroll saw that takes plain end blades.

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                      • #12
                        yea i was advised but i saw it would take pin and i thought it was that as i didnt know. i am going to get that scroll saw conversion set right now i think and see how it goes.

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                        • #13
                          i looked at it. its says it fits most 16in scroll saws but then it gives only 2 or 3 that it is for. i have a 16in skil saw. do you guys think it would fit?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by flagrl View Post
                            i looked at it. its says it fits most 16in scroll saws but then it gives only 2 or 3 that it is for. i have a 16in skil saw. do you guys think it would fit?
                            That's a tricky one, unless anyone has the exact saw. You might e-mail the site, or if you look at the diagram of the adaptor, you'll see that what it will do is replace the two hooks that hold the pins with two clamps that will hold the plain blades. On the Wooden Teddy Bear one, these bolt to your saw arms, if you can see on your saw, that your existing blade hooks can unbolt then it should work.

                            Fingers crossed that the foregoing made some sort of sense.
                            Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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                            • #15
                              ok i will do that thank you.

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