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  • Great day yesterday!

    I've been at this for about 4 years now. I started with the Dremel 1630, named it "Shaky Jake". Replaced it with the Dremel 1830, which is a much better saw, and was all I could afford at the time. I'd love a DeWalt, but ...the $$$...

    Originally, I got the saw just for building model airplanes, but I got tired of that, and started wood carving, helping my grandson cut out his Pinewood Derby cars, and making revolver grips and knife handles. Not the most challenging of projects. I figured that was about all I'd use the saw for, as I was using (and breaking) the pin-end blades at an amazing rate, and couldn't begin to do even the simplest project in the magazine!

    Anyhoo, I had been using the blades that I got with the machine, and some I got at the corner Home Depot with little success...probably my fault, really.

    Ooo, LET ME SING the Praises of Flying Dutchman blades! I had just finished stack cutting about 15 Christmas Ornaments, with more than average destruction of the pin-end blades in the 1 1/4 in. basswood stacks, and really lousy, rough cuts. FRUSTRATION!

    I had several chunks of cut-off stack left, and I looked at the FD blades that I bought a couple years ago, and had been hanging on my shop wall, and thought...I wonder??

    I sanded the ends of the Universal 5R blade to keep it from slipping, and WOW! NIGHT AND DAY! No blade slip-out, back tear-out, little sanding, and the things I did I couldn't before!! Puzzle cuts, tiny little pointy cuts, smooth curves, and WONDER OF WONDERS....I could cut STRAIGHT LINES!! Who'd a thunk it? What started as a 15 minute "just to see" session ended about 2 hours later!

    Can you tell I am excited about using my saw again, and have several projects in mind. Hmmmm...there's that fretwork clock I have admired for years...

    It IS a Fine and Pleasant Madness!
    Last edited by flyboy; 04-20-2012, 12:10 PM.

  • #2
    That is exciting. Congrats on finally trying those FD blades and having great success. Share some pics once in awhile with the rest of the gang....
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC


    • #3
      They are great blades (in my opinion)!
      "All it Takes For the Forces of EVIL to Rule Is For Enough GOOD People To DO NOTHING!"

      Saws: Excaliber 30; Dewalt 788 'Twins', Makita SJ401 (Retired), Grizzly G1012 18" Bandsaw


      • #4
        The FD blades are night and day compared to most other blades.


        • #5
          I think it was Rolf who said it best: "There are other blades?"


          • #6
            Glad to see that new blades gave you a new outlook on scrolling.

            Getting away from hardware store blades gave me a big boost several years ago. Now, I think I would wait on a shipment and NOT cut if I had to use overpriced, under-performing blades.
            When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
            Too early to leave, too late to call in.


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