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    i was wondering if most people scroll with flat blades or spiral blades only because a lot of patterns in the magazines say spiral blades . can most patterns be cut with a flat blade????????????????????

  • #2
    yes, any pattern can be cut using flat blades.the exception is the limitation caused by the saws throat, and for some applications that can be overcome by twisting the ends of a flat blade 90 degrees and moving your stool to the side of your saw table. spirals are good for some things, and flats are good for some things, but yes, they can be interchanged and used in place of one another. Dale
    Dale w/ yella saws

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    • #3
      I use flat blades most of the time, I only use spiral blades when the pattern is to large for my saw.

      Bob
      Delta P-20 & Q-3

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

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      • #4
        It largely comes down to a matter of personal preference. I cut virtually everything with flat blades. Dale pretty much covered it. I've seen terrific work cut with both types. I would say they're interchangeable for everything although I don't think spirals would work very well for segmentation.
        Kevin
        Scrollsaw Patterns Online
        Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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        • #5
          I like to cut out most of the pattern with flat blades. When there are veining cuts, I cut them with the flat blade and then recut the veining line with a 2/0 FD spiral blade. I do it this way because (1) It's easier and (2) I gives the project more of an impact if the veining is a little thicker
          Bob from Northwest Florida

          Delta P20

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          • #6
            spiral blades are great for cutting cheese. be sure to put wax paper down first though. I know it sounds funny, but I did this for a christmas party one time. I was making hats, trees, snowmen...it was amusing. The flat blades make the bottom of the cheese tear out, and that's not something you can sand out.
            Jeff Powell

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            • #7
              Scrolling cheese, now that's funny!
              Todd

              Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

              Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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              • #8
                Todd, when are you coming Home.

                Bob
                Delta P-20 & Q-3

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

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                • #9
                  Soon Bob, very soon.

                  The long journey back has already begun, they put us through alot of "un-winding" phases prior to us getting back, and once we hit stateside we go through a bit more prior to getting back home. I should see the states again around the 6th and be home by Thanksgiving.

                  A few more missions and I am officially mission complete here.
                  Todd

                  Hawk G4, Dremel 1800

                  Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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                  • #10
                    Todd good to hear that. Stay safe in the mean time.

                    Bob
                    Delta P-20 & Q-3

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

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