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    So, although my scrolling has been progressing nicely in the past week and a half that I've had my Dewalt, and I've been getting better at those quick turns and nice curves, something's been amiss.

    My hands were getting tired from holding the wood in place.

    Having never scrolled before, I thought this was normal. Then, today, after 3 hours of scrolling it struck me:

    My blade was upside down.


    I am not smart enough for scrolling.

    What do you all think? Shall I just give my scroll saw away to a more deserving scoller?

    Scrolling with a Dewalt 788 in a 50 degree workshop.

  • #2
    Don't give up that easily. At least you discovered the blade was upside down. Now the rest of it will be easier and you won't be likely to make that mistake again. We all learn more by our mistakes than by successes.

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    • #3
      Thanks, I appreciate.

      Not to worry, I was joking about giving up - I really enjoy scrolling so far.

      Has anyone else ever done this or something equally boneheaded?

      Scrolling with a Dewalt 788 in a 50 degree workshop.


      • #4
        Gee, I have been scrolling along time and I still put it in upside down every now and then. Don't let that make you want to give up.

        Delta P-20 & Q-3

        I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!


        • #5
          Packer, if you want to feel relieved, go back on this forum for a few months and you'll discover a number a new scrollers who have started threads under subjects like "too much vibration" or something similar....with nearly all of them realizing after reading the responses that they had the blade upside down. You discovered it before you got to the forum so you're way ahead.

          Have phun.....Carter


          • #6
            blade upside down

            I think all scrollers have done this at one time or another. It sure makes it more difficult especially when cutting solid thick wood!


            • #7
              I'm going to go so far as to say you're not a proper scroller until you *have* put the blade in upside down. It's one of our rites of passage...

              "If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg."

              Saws: AWSF18, Meccano Mk II


              • #8
                Gotta agree with Chris on that one personal " not-smart-enuff-for-scrolling " list is painfully long
                DW788 and Hawk 226

                " Please let me grow to be the man my dog thinks I am "


                • #9
                  Mistakes are what gives us scrollers character! You'll make more.

                  Craftsman 16" VS, Puros Indios and Sam Adams!
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                  • #10
                    Using a #1 FD blade I cut for 20 minutes and noticed the blade seemed to be getting dull, time to replace it. Noticed that it was upside down and still cut okay? I was surprised. Turned it rightside up, or toothside down as it would be, and continued cutting for another 45 minutes. Moral of the story - blade lasted longer.

                    Paul S.


                    • #11
                      Not only upside down but have put them in backwards .
                      Dewalt 788


                      • #12
                        Sorry, PS - as you can tell, it's been done so many times before by people who subsequently went on to become master scrollers that you don't get this week's award for a novel mistake. It's still funny, though .

                        Now, if it had been a pin-headed blade that you'd clamped upside down in a saw that only took flat-headed blades...

                        There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                        (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)


                        • #13
                          Actually, I think you should just give up. PM me your physical address and I'll pick up the saw the next time I'm in Plymouth. I can always use a spare.

                          Seriously, you will make this same mistake again. But next time, you'll realize what the problem is right away.

                          Ain't learning fun?

                          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.


                          • #14
                            People who never make mistakes , never do anything .
                            you just have to have fun!----Frank-------


                            • #15
                              wait till you put one in backwards and try to cut with it lol think every now and than i still put one in teeth up instead of teeth down


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