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    I've previously made collapsible baskets using the bandsaw with a 1/8" blade, with good results. However, I was uncomfortable ending up so close to the blade at the end of the angled basket portion, so I decided to switch to the scroll saw. I have no problem scrolling the frame, but I seem to need a steeper angle than recommended for the folding basket part, even without enlarging the pattern. I'm also finding the concentric circles fidgety to do, so I'm currently using a #12 blade for greater stability. So far I'm gaining ground, but I'd hate to have to do a sample insert for every basket. Also, I'd like to use a roundover bit on some of the frames, using a Dremel or regular router table, and wonder if anyone has any experience with this.

    I'll probably be teaching a class on doing these baskets this fall, so I want to be sure to get my act together first. Any suggestions would be more than welcome.

    Carole
    Carole

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  • #2
    To set your blade you may want to check out this article.
    http://www.scrollsawer.com/articles/...ting-gauge.php
    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
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    • #3
      Once you get a blade your happy with, then experiment on some wood with diffrent angles on the saw until you find the right one, and make note of it. Most people cut the collapsible baskets on a scrollsaw, so you shouldnt have much trouble once you get the right blade and angle.A few books that might help you are available from fox chapel --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Collapsible Basket Patterns
      Author: Karen Longabaugh
      Product Code: 0876
      ISBN: 1-56523-087-6
      Pages: 128
      Size: 8.5 X 11
      Availability: In stock.
      Price: $12.95

      and --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Multi-Use Collapsible Basket Patterns: Over 100 Designs for the Scroll Saw
      Author: Karen Longabaugh
      Product Code: 0884
      ISBN: 1-56523-088-4
      Pages: 128
      Size: 8.5 X 11
      Availability: In stock.
      Price: $12.95

      ------------------------------------- There is a couple! As for routing, I dont see where it would be a problem, just remember, be safe!!!! Dale
      Dale w/ yella saws

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      • #4
        Do test sample for each blade and wood thickness that you plan on using.
        Keep a record, you sholdn't have to do a test piece each time.
        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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        • #5
          Scroll saw baskets

          Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions. I was wondering, since books vary on their recommendations, (from #5 to #9) what size blade people use for the spiral basket part. Since I've used a band saw for this, and can cut fairly small spirals with an 1/8" blade, I find a thicker blade (#12) easier to use than thinner one.

          Carole
          Carole

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