Scroll Saw Forum #5: How To Align Your Scroll Saw Blade (Video)

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Blog entry by TripleB posted 02-06-2013 04:29 AM 5749 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a discussion with a friend today about easy ways to align your scroll saw blade to the table. Surprisingly, It was a lot more difficult to explain than I thought it would be, so I figured I’d just make a quick video and show the process instead. This process is nothing new, but I’m sure there are a few out there that might not know how to do it this way so I wanted to show you as well, just in case!

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 07:11 AM

Great tip Bob, especially saving a dead on block as a reference.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 07:29 AM

Nice video and tip…...thanks…..............

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 12:53 PM

Good tip. Thanks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 02:03 PM

Great information. Thank you for sharing!
Chris Mobley

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 11:42 PM

Very neat tip! Now if I can ever learn how to get the proper tension on the blade I will be set…lol

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 11:53 PM

I’ve been using the “cut on one side of a high piece then turn it around to check the fit” method for a while now. But, I would just grab a piece of scrap here and there to do that, duplicating my efforts each time I’d check for 90 degree alignment. Your idea of keeping a gauge block once it’s properly aligned is simple yet brilliant. I just made a permanent alignment block out of a scrap of hardwood flooring and countersunk 2 holes and CA glued in some rare earth magnets on the reverse side of it and now it is attached to my scroll saw stand.

Great enhancement to a technique I had been using inefficiently. Thanks Bob!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 01:48 AM

THANKS everybody for the comments!

My method of blade tensioning is “If you think it tight enough, make it tighter” but there is actually a better way. Steve Goods Blog has a application that will let you know what a properly tensioned blade should sound like. It’s in the left column under “Free Software” a little ways down the page. Heres the link to his blog. I hope this helps.

That’s a great idea! Wish I would have thought of it, if I ever remake the video I will include your “brilliance” in it! Someone else also pointed out to me that the same block and cut line could be used to check the front to back blade alignment as well, it’s really cool when you have a forum where other people can add thoughts to help create a more perfect piece of wooden block! Gotta love Lumberjocks.


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