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    I do a lot of fret work. My patterns are printed on 20# bond, mounted to my
    wood with spray adhesive and then covered with clear packing tape.

    My problem occurs only when using spiral blades. The fibre from the paper
    is pulled up thru the cut, effectively "blocking" my line of sight.
    Since the fibre is not loose, the blower is not effective.

    Would appreciate any suggestions & advice.

  • #2
    I moved your thread to a more appropriate forum to maximize traffic and get you more responses to your request/question.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
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    • #3
      Marty: Make sure that you have the blade installed in your saw in the correct direction. If spiral blades are installed upside down, they will do this. In fact, if you see sawdust coming out on the top surface, your blade needs to be reversed. When installing spiral blades, hold the blade between your thumb and forefinger and run your fingers up and down; you will be able to tell which direction the teeth are pointing. Install them in the clamps with the teeth pointing down. Dick
      Dick Miraglia


      • #4
        What Dick said.... lol
        I didn't realize for a long time that spirals could be put in upside down.


        • #5
          In addition to whtat was already mentioned, what thickness is the material you are cutting. Spirals all leave a much rougher surface that flat blades, causing your pattern to shread a bit instead of a crisp clean cut.Even if your spiral is installed right side up, if it is one with reversed teeth, and your material isnt very thick, it can still cause you some grief.
          Dale w/ yella saws


          • #6
            I bet on Dick's answer.
            M.V.B. Carl
            "Home Of The Dust Free Scroll Saw"
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            • #7
              I don't like using the clear packing tape for just that reason.
              I prefer the blue tape under the pattern,
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              • #8
                Thank you all for your input. Dick, I just learned something. I had no idea
                that spiral's had a "direction". That just might solve my problem.


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