How to Replace a Scroll Saw Blade on a Craftsman

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Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench

  • Replacement blade

A scroll saw is the tool to use if you want to make wooden puzzles, fancy clocks or intarsia artwork. Any of these projects may require multiple blade changes. A popular saw for this work would be any of the various scroll saws made by Craftsman.

Step 1

Locate the blade tension knob on the top of the upper blade clamp. Turn the knob in a counterclockwise direction to remove all tension on the blade.

Step 2

Loosen the lower blade clamp on the end of the bottom saw arm. It is loosened by turning the Allen head screw in a counterclockwise direction.

Step 3

Loosen the upper blade clamp screw in the same manner as the lower clamp screw.

Step 4

Insert the new blade in the lower clamp and tighten the clamping screw. Be sure to have the points of the saw teeth pointed down.

Step 5

Insert the other end of the blade as far as it will go in the top clamp and tighten the clamping screw.

Step 6

Turn the blade tension knob clockwise until the blade is tight. Test blade tension by attempting to push the blade off to the side with your finger. When properly tensioned, it should barely deflect.

Step 7

Check the blade clamp screws again to make certain they are tight.

K.K. Lowell

K.K. Lowell is a freelance writer who has been writing professionally since June 2008, with articles appearing on various websites. A mechanic and truck driver for more than 40 years, Lowell is able to write knowledgeably on many automotive and mechanical subjects. He is currently pursuing a degree in English.