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    Finally I have time to play with my 1998 scroll saw, but over the years, I have lost the blade clamps. I contacted the manufacturer and they don't have replacement parts (too old). Has my poor saw become a paperweight? I have so many projects pinned on Pinterest and am desperate. Is it possible to "create" blade clamps that are safe? My saw isn't the pin kind, and I do have blades, just nothing to hold them in. Any assistance appreciated!
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    Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

    Originally posted by NoraVincent View Post
    Finally I have time to play with my 1998 scroll saw, but over the years, I have lost the blade clamps. I contacted the manufacturer and they don't have replacement parts (too old). Has my poor saw become a paperweight? I have so many projects pinned on Pinterest and am desperate. Is it possible to "create" blade clamps that are safe? My saw isn't the pin kind, and I do have blades, just nothing to hold them in. Any assistance appreciated!
    Maybe if you post a few photos with some clamp and machine detail or at the least give us a make and model, someone here will be able to advise a course of action or a source for the parts.

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    • #3

      Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

      Try one of the band saw suppliers like R&D.

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        Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

        I have tried the manufacturer already, any ideas greatly appreciated! The second photo shows what the original clamps looked like and the last photo is underneath (where bottom clamp goes).

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          Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

          Would it be possible to make them yourself?

          Either wood or metal?

          Just went downstairs and looked at mine. I do believe one could be made with a piece of flat steel, several bolts & nuts, hacksaw file and metal drill. Bear in mind that mine might be quite different than yours.
          Last edited by Egon; 11-18-2018, 08:28 AM.
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          Egon
          from
          The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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            Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

            Hello NoraVincent,

            Im surprised that BusyBee tools was not able to help you!! however!!

            Here is a link to a site that you will be able to get replacement holders from...
            http://www.pozsgaidesigns.com/page0007.htm
            Scroll about 3/4 of the way down the page till you get to "Standard Blade Holder Set" These holders should would fine in your saw

            Cheers, Hope this helps you!
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              Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

              Thanks for the suggestions! I would like to try and make something however am more crafty than I am mechanically inclined. I was hoping someone would have some ideas on how to do that.
              As far as purchasing, it is going to be over $20 to replace online for which I can put towards a newer model on buy and sell.
              If I can make something rather inexpensively and anyone has ideas, that would be awesome!

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              • #8

                Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

                Can you post a picture of your jig saw?

                Perhaps google ( scroll saw blade clamps ). There should be lots of pictures.
                Last edited by Egon; 11-19-2018, 07:23 PM.
                Egon
                from
                The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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                  Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

                  Hi Nora, did you ever find a solution? I'm in the same boat as you, I have one of the original blade clamps, but not the other. I might pick up the Olson Scroll Saw Conversion Kit off amazon, but I figured I'd see if you did something that worked.

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                    Re: Blade Clamps Alternative

                    I have a Delta scroll saw that looks identical to your pics. I have to position the straight blade in the clamps and then tension the blade. If the blade is not in the exact centre of the clamp block it will put a strain on the blade and it will fail quickly. If it is of any help I can take a picture of the clamp and give you a model number of the saw. Maybe that part at Delta may still be available.

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