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Old 12-02-2013, 06:01 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to this forum and I just ordered a Excalibur 21, and need advise on which blades I need.
Presently I work on Chippendale mirrors and cutting out whirligigs. Most wood is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. I have been using a Porter-Cable and a Dremal saws and have been using pin end blades. Any advise on size and type of blades would be appreciated. Have a good day Jim_n_Texas
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Blades are readily available in a wide variety of types, sizes, tooth configurations and manufacturers. Probably the two most popular are Flying Dutchman and Olson blades.

Links to the blade suppliers can be found over in the left margin of this page, under Scroll Saw Resources > Retailers. Most folks will tell you that Mike's Workshop is the best place for the Flying Dutchman blades and Sloan's Woodshop is a good source for Olson blades. Call either one of them and you will talk to a real person who can give you first hand advice on their blades and they both offer great customer service.
Personally I prefer Mikes blades...No relation BTW.
Here are links to both sites mentioned.

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Ditto to what Mike said. If you are making inside cuts (frets) in your Chippendale frames, you will want to go to a plain end blade. The quality of cut is much better. You can get a smooth, almost polished edge in hardwoods with no sanding. However, being smaller and less aggressive, plain end blades will cut slower. The up side is that you get better control and a smoother cut. Depending on the level of detail, you should be able to do well with a #3 reverse tooth blade for the 1/4" stock and a #5 or #7 for the 1/2" stock. Get a few different types and sizes and try them out to see which ones work best for you. As Mike said, you can contact either suppler he linked and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.
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Welcome to the forum from TN.

I agree with both Mike and Bill, except I use the thinnest blade possible. Usually #1 on 1/4" and #3 on 1/2".
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Welcome! I am Tony,aka,Toneman from Paris, Texas. I use FD-UR #1 on 1/4" and FD-UR#3 on 1/2", but, choose the blade that makes the cut easier for you.

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