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Old 10-29-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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Hi I'm new to scrolling and this site. I've just ordered my saw but I wanted to know if you can cut conch shell pieces with the scroll saw. If yes what type blade do I use?

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Welcome to the forum! I tried cutting sea shells with regular wood blades and didn't have much success. I ordered some jewelers and polar flying dutchman blades, but have yet to try them. I found the shells to sensitive and broke easily. I collected some thicker shells to cut but other things have been occupying my time. So much to cut... so little time

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Hi, Shoj. I think the jewelers blade would be the best for those shells. The Flying Dutchman blades are exceptional for just about everything. I just got some jeweler blades & they are so very small. You may have to look twice to see them , HA. They also have a metal blade called the Iron Man, but it may not be right for that brittle material. Good Luck -- Perk
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Welcome Shoj , wish I knew about the shells but don't . But stick with the Flying Duchman blades > the only one's I use ............
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions....will give those blades a try
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Shoj, after 30 years of rock cutting, I just have to add my two cents. I wouldn't attempt to cut shell with a scroll saw. Shell dust is very abrasive and is like breathing little sharp knives. Some shells are very toxic to boot. To cut shell, most rock hounds use rock saws that have a water drip system to contain dust. If you must cut shell, then along with the jewelers blades get a jewelers saw and hand cut the shell spraying it often with water.
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Oh, and wear a HEPA mask! Please keep the kids and pets out of the dust as well.
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Hi I'm new to scrolling and this site. I've just ordered my saw but I wanted to know if you can cut conch shell pieces with the scroll saw. If yes what type blade do I use?

Thanks for your help.

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As they say, there's only one way to find out!

I've seen so many diversified things cut here, from wood to acrylic to metal coins. I'm sure there's a way to do shells, also. You'll just have to experiment with different blades and speeds, I'm guessing.

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PS: Sappy's advise about the dust sounds pretty sound as well. I pobably wouldn't want to be breathing that in either!
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