Wednesday, July 4, 2018

365 24/7 MOM Scroll Saw Pattern.

Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US. As you celebrate Independence Day please be safe. Enjoy your travels, family, and friends. Throw a hamburger on the grill for me. Thanks. 

Mom's Love 365 24/7
A mothers love is 365 24/7. This scroll saw pattern represents that love.

Thumb Screw for DeWalt style scroll saws:

One very common question I receive is about blades slipping out of the clamps. I am going to especially address this to the DeWalt, Excalibur, Delta models of scroll saws that use the thumb screws pictured above. 

When a blade starts slipping out of either the upper or lower clamps it is tempting to just over tighten the thumb screw. This practice will lead to a bent clamp head and even more slipping. You will have to replace the clamp head once this happens. You only need two finger pressure to tighten the clamps if all the parts are good. 

The correct way to fix this problem is to repair or replace the thumb screws. These parts are wear items. They will not last forever. How often you have to do this depends on how you use your machine.

Repairing can be done in two ways. My recommendation is to replace the parts. Many people will use sandpaper to scratch up the surface of the tip. This does work and I have done it myself. I think this is appropriate for a temporary fix. My experience is that replacing the parts is easier and works better in the long run. You can ruin the thumb screw tip with sandpaper if you are not careful. 

One thing that many people do not know is that the tip of these thumbscrews can be removed and replaced. You can get what is called a renewal kit from Seyco for $6.30 + shipping of around $5.