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Old 01-06-2008, 05:37 PM   #1
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whats the best flat end blade to use for intricat patterns?
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I use a #3 for all my stack cuts up to about 5/8". It depends on the thickness of the material. If I'm cutting 3/8" mahogany, I'll use a #1, 1/4" or less I use a 2/0. Always skip-reverse tooth.
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That depends on thickness and material your cutting.If I cut anything less than 3/8th thick, I use a #1 flying dutchman two-way cut blade.I prefer a #3 FDTC or a #5 FDTC blade for anything up to 3/4th inch thick, the #3 for more intricate things, the #5 for not to tough designs. What are you cutting, and how thick? Dale
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My personal favorites are the Olsen "Crown tooth" blades. They cut on the up and down stroke and leave a very smooth finish on both the top and bottom of the work peice. Translated to- no fuzzies to worry about with the "intricat patterns" your asking about.

I usually use the smaller blades 2/0 and a 2 for the majority of my work but will use a larger size for the less complex cut outs.

Another nice thing about the Crown Tooth is when the blade becomes dull I will often flip the blade over and use the other end since with anything less then 1/2" thick work peice the top half of the blade does not make contact with the work and now I have a fresh set of teeth on the blade. This is possable cause the blade will cut on both the up and down stroke.

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For me it depends on the type of wood and thickness. I mainly use #2/0 and #2. I have used #2/0 on 3/4", pine, poplar, walnut, cedar and oak(depending on how intricate the pattern). I like the FD blades. The new ultimate reverse is a fantastic blade.
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thanks for the info. bob
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thanks for all the feed back i'll try every ones ideas and see which 1 fits my cutting
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I love using the 2/0 skip tooth, I probably should use a reverse to help with the "fuzzies"
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