does anyone manufacture a bandsaw blade that can give the tight curves that a scrollsaw can? I am wanting to get back into making jigsaw puzzles [for xmas gifts] and i find using a scrollsaw to be tedious. Plus, I've never had much luck cutting several layers at a time.
I have a Timber Wolf scroll saw blade for my bandsaw for a couple of years now. My second one works fine, first one went down in flames when I pushed too hard on one of my decoy blanks, hadn't paid much attention to setting up my guides properly. You could go slow however I put a Carter Stabilizer system when I decided I liked the blade enough to keep using it.
I got a carter stabilizer with my bandsaw when I bought it used... had never seen one and didn't know what to make of it, but I can vouch that it is GREAT for detailed cuts. I use it with a 3/16" blade and I can turn very tight radii, probably a minimum of 1/2" if I really push it. It's not truly scrollsaw tightness, but it's good.
Pegas does make scroll saw sized blades, I believe they are as small as a #5 scroll blade, and that's mighty small! I covet both the Pegas Scroll Band Saw and the Pegas Scroll Saw. Only problem is by the time I save up the money for both, I'll be too decrepit to use them. There may be a Pegas scroll saw in my future though, as long as the future isn't too far in the future.
My scrollsaw/ bandsaw is a 11 in. Shopsmith on a custom made stand. My #1 supplier does not make a 1/8 in. blade which is the recommended size for the Carter Stabilizer. I go to Woodcraft for that blade. I just took a break from this post to search Goggle for 1/16 in. bandsaw blades. Nothing! It seems that we're gonna have to be happy with a 1/8 in. I also round the backs of my blades. This seems to allow sharper turns.