Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Valentine Roses Scroll Saw Pattern

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Just ten days left until Valentine's Day. 

This Valentine is 10.5 inches wide. There are some small cuts in the fretwork. I checked to makes sure that all the interior holes could be drilled with a 1/16" drill bit.

Scroll saw blades slipping out of their clamps on your DeWalt scroll saw?

This is a question I get several times a year. "How do I prevent the blade from slipping out of the clamp on my DeWalt scroll saw?"

Let me start out by telling you what not to do. Do not try to tighten the thumbscrew more to prevent the blade from slipping. That will only make the problem worse.

If you look closely at the photo above you will see the front of the clamp. Look even closer and you will see that the set screw and the thumbscrew are not meeting square. There is a small gap. This gap was caused by over-tightening the thumbscrew and bending the clamp. 

Once the clamp is bent it will not reliably hold the blade. The clamp needs to be replaced. They are not very expensive. $15.38 at this link

When everything is working correctly you only need to tighten the thumbscrew finger tight. Don't crank down on it. 

Before you do anything else make sure the clamp is not bent. It probably is.

After you make sure the clamp is okay then we need to take a look at what started the problem. If you look closely at your thumb screws you will notice that the tips rotate. That rotation prevents the blades from twisting as you tighten the thumbscrew. 

The tip is easily removable. Just pul it out. It is held in place by a rubber o-ring. These tips wear smooth and will not hold the blade as well as when they are new. They are a wear item and need to be replaced regularly.

You can order the tips and the opposite set screw in kits. You want to replace all four parts at the same time. 

Some people will try to rejuvenate the tip by lightly roughing them up with sandpaper. That is okay for a short term fix but won't last long and you have the potential of ruining the tips with uneven sanding.

You can get the renewal kits from Bear Woods or Seyco

These renewal parts work on the Excalibur, King, Pegas, and Delta 40-694 scroll saws. 

One last but not a common problem that causes slipping is contaminated blades. Every once in a while you may receive new blades that have some small amount of machine oil on them. This oil will transfer to the clamps and cause slipping. Use alcohol to clean the blades and the clamps. You probably won't see any oil but if cleaning helps then that may be the problem. 

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