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  • #2
    Hi Jim and welcome. This subject came up just a couple of months ago - I know because I was having the same problem you're having ...

    Have a look at this thread .. http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/sho...cutting+square

    and there is also Jeff's recent posting about squaring the blade that might help

    http://www.scrollsawer.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7911

    If you're table is definitely square it is most likely to be caused by pushing the blade sideways slightly when cutting.
    Ian

    Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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    • #3
      One more thing to watch, Jim is to let the blade do the cutting. If you push a little too hard the blade starts to cut with a bevel.

      Mike M
      SD Mike

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      • #4
        Hi Jim & welcome to the board. Any relation to Dennis?

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        • #5
          I'd like to add cutting teqnique to your list of try's. It's really easy to push sideways into the blade when making turns, especially tight turns. It takes self training to learn how to spin the wood into the front of the blade and not the side of the blade. There's not really any pushing going on while turning. Here's a self training idea to teach you how to turn the wood and not the blade. Use a drill press and drill a hole slightly larger than the blade into a scrap of wood that's about the size of your hand or a bit larger. Thread the blade through the hole. Now turn on the saw and practice spinning the wood without the blade ever touching wood. This is much harder than it may sound, but this is the way you have to cut with a scroll saw. Teach yourself to spin mostly in the direction that you are most comfortable with, because your goal is to make as many cuts as you can in the same direction...not too many of us are ambedextorous (nor good spellers). The blade is the axis, no matter where you are on a line while cutting, your still in the center of the circle...use the force luke.
          With 3/4 pine I'd run, well I always run big hogging #9 skips, but for puzzles perhaps #4 would be good. Tighten the tension so you can only push back on the front of the blade about 1/8 inch. Set speed about half way or a bit less.
          Jeff Powell

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          • #6
            Jim......

            Here's an alternative which would not involve the difficulties you've encountered: a regular children's jigsaw puzzle from 1/4" Baltic Birch. The picture is lifted from a 2007 calendar. It's just over 60 pieces and I cut it freehand in about 45 minutes. It's for a couple of grandchildren, both boys, ages 4 and 7 (the former is the better puzzle maker).

            These kinds of puzzles can provide lots of entertainment for kids who enjoy them. I've included photos of the front and the back, both enhanced for sharpness so you can discern the pieces.

            Have phun.......Carter



            Last edited by Carter-Johnson; 11-26-2006, 12:05 PM.

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            • #7
              Carter IS THE puzzle wizard. I got a present in the mail the other day, it was a 10 piece puzzle cut in a 1 cent stamp. It is an amazing piece of work.
              Thank you Carter.

              Where do you find the match boxes?
              Rolf
              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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              • #8
                yea, using thinnner wood sure makes it easier for a square cut. That one cent puzzle sounds cool. Show us what he sent you...puleeeze.
                Jeff Powell

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                • #9
                  I've posted this before, but not for some time. This little puzzle is kind of my calling card. I give them out wherever I want to be remembered. They take only around six minutes to cut and I always have a couple in my pocket. The container is a matchbox......Carter

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                  • #10
                    Hi, Jim--

                    You've received many good pointers so far.

                    To reinforce Jeff's point about cutting in a particular direction, most scrollers like to cut clockwise around a shape. Every once in a while I go the wrong direction and am a very unhappy fellow until the cut is done.

                    Rick Hutcheson has a wealth of instructional material about scrolling on his site, and I recommend it highly:

                    http://www.scrollsaws.com/

                    Pete

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PeteB
                      Hi, Jim--

                      You've received many good pointers so far.

                      To reinforce Jeff's point about cutting in a particular direction, most scrollers like to cut clockwise around a shape. Every once in a while I go the wrong direction and am a very unhappy fellow until the cut is done.

                      Rick Hutcheson has a wealth of instructional material about scrolling on his site, and I recommend it highly:

                      http://www.scrollsaws.com/

                      Pete
                      interesting...my wife always said I was @ss backwards, and now your proving it !
                      Jeff Powell

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by workin for wood
                        interesting...my wife always said I was @ss backwards, and now your proving it !
                        After I made that comment, I hoped I got the generalization right. There are probably many exceptions.

                        So, Jeff, are you a lefty? Born south of the Equator?

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                        • #13
                          No, I'm a righty born in upper canada. I just find i like my left hand behind the blade and my right hand steering. But, if Chris Angel is on TV while I'm scrolling, then I use my feet to steer and watch the show...oh, that would be the right foot to steer, the left foot on the volume button, left hand with a marlboro and right hand with a beer.
                          Jeff Powell

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by workin for wood
                            left hand with a marlboro and right hand with a beer.
                            Cigarettes? Beer? .. and you always came across as such a clean living guy, Jeff ..lol
                            Ian

                            Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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