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I've only done a few scroll saw projects but I enjoy them and want to do more. Recently, while aimlessly wandering around YouTube, I found a vid on making a bowel or basket with a scroll saw. I'm sure you regular scrollers have seen them. Anyway the guy applied the pattern with some spray adhesive and then covered the whole project with clear packing tape. He said, "this is to lubricate the blade". I've heard of using tape to help remove the pattern and to stabilize or support thin stock but I've never heard that it lubricated the blade. Can anyone comment?

And while I'm here any recommendations for free patterns.

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Hi Berry

I've used packing tape, and I'm not so sure about the lubrication factor of it. I guess you could do a google search for it.

As for free scroll patterns, I'm all about 'free', as I don't have the money to indulge in my addiction lol I have so many scroll patterns that I've gotten from a group I was a part of, but I've posted some links I have under my "Woodworking" folder in favorites.

Free Scroll Saw Patterns by Arpop
I know this one ^ personally from the group we both belonged to. Amazing talent. THe site also has a link to his Pattern Academy.

Honey's Free Scroll Saw Patterns
Another one I know...

What I should do is scan all mine and put them in a file for you to dl... I have a box the size of a carton of paper full of scroll saw patterns. Hmmm wonder if I still have them saved somewhere... all this thinking is gonna hurt my head lol

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What I do is apply a layer of Blue Painters Tape on the wood, then apply the pattern using 3M Super 77 spray adhesive, then apply a layer of clear packing tape. The clear packing tape supposedly lubricates the blade but the main reason I use it is it prevents smearing my pattern as all my patterns are printed on my computer. I will say my blades seem to stay sharp a long time. And the whole thing is so easy to remove and leaves no residue.
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I generally use print-outs from my inkjet printer for the gears and other patterns for my projects then I affix them to the wood with 3M spray glue. I used to have problems with the paper kind of futzing up as I cut and obscuring the lines. By adding a layer of clear packing tape all my lines stay crisp, clear and easy to see.

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I also use clear packing tape on the underside of my scrollwork, and I believe in the lubricating theory, as I seem to get an easier and smoother cut with it, than without it.
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For thicker wood such as 3d cutouts or other prone to burning hardwoods such as maple and cherry tape on the front and back and a sharp blade will eliminate burning because of the lubricating properties. Most other scrolling does not require tape.
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Hi Berry

I've used packing tape, and I'm not so sure about the lubrication factor of it. I guess you could do a google search for it.

As for free scroll patterns, I'm all about 'free', as I don't have the money to indulge in my addiction lol I have so many scroll patterns that I've gotten from a group I was a part of, but I've posted some links I have under my "Woodworking" folder in favorites.

Free Scroll Saw Patterns by Arpop
I know this one ^ personally from the group we both belonged to. Amazing talent. THe site also has a link to his Pattern Academy.

Honey's Free Scroll Saw Patterns
Another one I know...

What I should do is scan all mine and put them in a file for you to dl... I have a box the size of a carton of paper full of scroll saw patterns. Hmmm wonder if I still have them saved somewhere... all this thinking is gonna hurt my head lol
The site is a little difficult to navigate with all of his advertising but contains a multitude of patterns and you can subscribe to new patterns almost daily.

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Find it stops the wood burning for me.
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I frequently print my scroll saw patterns on a laser printer "mirror imaged". Then I lay the printed pattern face down on the wood and attach it with tape at the edges in several places to be certain that it won't move. I then use a hot iron like used for model building to iron the image onto the wood. The laser printer ink is really a hard black wax, so it melts easily and transfers to the wood. Only a temperature of about 175 deg F is necessary. When you think you have ironed all of the pattern, lift one edge and inspect the image. Only remove the tape on the other edge after you have verified that the whole image has been transferred because it is difficult to re-position the image for a second try. The transferred image will stay on the wood through the whole cutting process and then it can easily be removed the cutting has been completed by using alcohol or by just sanding the surface of the wood. I have also attached patterns with rubber cement commonly available at stationery supply stores. I apply a layer to the back of the pattern and then press it into place on the wood, holding it in place for a few seconds while it dries. The pattern and the rubber cement come off easily using alcohol or mineral spirits when the cutting has been completed.

Just a few more good options for you all to try. I use a block of wax or an old candle to lubricate the blade. Just a brief cut of a few strokes through the wax every few minutes is all that is necessary. I use a bit more when doing intricate work with very small blades.

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