I have a Clarke inter CSS16VB scroll saw and have tried to make a chess piece. It took 12 hours in total. On the advice of some one who is experienced, I changed blades to use a pegas skip #3 blade 19.5 tpi on a squared piece of pine wood 1 1/2 inch. This time it took me about 4 hours to make another chess piece. This still seems to be rather slow. I am a beginner so I really would appreciate any advice.