To end the frustration of trying to thread pin-end scrollsaw blades through small starter holes, I knock out the factory-set pin and insert my own removable pin.

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Pop-out pins end blade-change hassles

To end the frustration of trying to thread pin-end scrollsaw blades through small starter holes, I knock out the factory-set pin and insert my own removable pin. To pop out the factory-set pin without damaging the blade, I first drill a 116 " hole in a piece of heavy-gauge steel. Then, I place the blade flat on the steel with the pin centered over the hole and tap the pin through the blade with a hammer and punch. A safety pin, as shown, secures the blade in the upper blade holder and makes rethreading the blade a snap. I keep a few spares handy in case I happen to drop the pin.
—Wendell Fox, Debary, Fla.