How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade

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How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade
(Photos by KK Lowell)

Scroll sawing has become a popular hobby. Patterns are available for wooden toys, puzzles, signs and decorative items. Many of these patterns require the blade to be removed and passed through a drilled hole many times, sometimes hundreds of times, before the project is complete. This article will show the steps that must be taken to change a plain-end scroll saw blade. Pin lock blades are still available also, but most saws cannot use them, so their use isn't covered here.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Scroll saw
  • Scroll saw blade
  • Allen wrench

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Instructions

    How to Change a Scroll Saw Blade

  1. 1

    Release the blade tension by turning the knob.

    How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade
  2. 2

    Loosen the top blade clamp and slide out the blade.

    How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade
  3. 3

    Loosen the screw on the bottom blade clamp and remove the blade.

    How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade
  4. 4

    Insert the new blade in the bottom clamp first. Ensure it is fully seated and tighten the clamp screw.

  5. 5

    Insert the blade in to the top clamp, being sure all tension is released. Keep pressure on the tension adjuster with a finger while aligning the blade in the clamp. Tighten the screw to close the clamp on the blade.

    How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade
  6. 6

    Adjust the blade tension by turning the knob on the adjuster.

    How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade
  7. 7

    Check the tension on the blade by pushing on the blade. When properly adjusted, the blade will deflect only slightly.

    How to Install a Scroll Saw Blade

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