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    I am starting on another project now that I finally finished the dome clock. This one uses 3/4" Maple. What blade do you suggest. I am used to much thinner wood. Thanks

  • #2
    Maybe this will help you:
    What Blade Should I Use?
    # 3 for 1/4 to 1/2", # 5 for 1/2 to 3/4", # 7 for 3/4".
    It all depends on how intricate the patterns is.
    FD Mike
    SD Mike


    • #3
      Mike provides excellent advice. Let me add to it ... While many suggest that a #5 will work for 1/2 to 3/4" stock, you should always test with the stock you are using. If the stock is really dense - like bloodwood - you will need to step up to the next blade.

      What I suggested to members of our scrolling interest group is always take the time and wood to test cut with the blade you have chosen. First, it verifies whether you have decided on the correct blade and second, it gives you a hint on how the blade is cutting.

      One of our members just cut 3/4" for the first time and went through a ton of blades because, in part, she was using too small a blade.

      So ... maybe there are a bunch of small areas where a #7 is too much - use a #5 there and switch back to the #7. All it means is planning your cutting when drilling your holes.

      Just my two cents.
      Proud user of Excalibur, RBI Hawk, & Delta


      • #4
        Hey, I'm in Baldwinsville too!


        • #5
          I really like the FD #5 polar blade. For me, it does a great job on thicker hardwoods. Your mileage may vary tho.
          Mtnman Jim

          taking life as it comes and trying to make the best of it


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