Using a scroll saw doesn’t look like it would be dangerous, but it can be if you’re not careful. Here are some tips that will help you to be as safe as you can be while using a scroll saw.
Tip 1: After you have purchased a scroll saw read over the manual so that you learn how everything is supposed to work. This way if something does not seem right, you will already know how to take care of it, rather than fooling around with parts you are not sure of.
Tip 2: Do not wear any baggy clothes or jewelry while operating the scroll saw. These loose items may get caught in the machine and you could become seriously injured, or the scroll saw might ruin your clothing or jewelry.
Tip 3: Make sure the scroll saw is turned off if you need to move it around. Never pick up the saw by the arm. It may be picked up by the legs or at the base of the saw.
Tip 4: If you have long hair make sure it is tied back, and you must wear your dust mask and safety goggles whenever the saw is on.
Tip 5: Before you turn the saw on and start working, make sure it is stable and on an even surface.
Tip 6: Never use dull or bent blades, as they will cause uneven cuts and effect your delicate designs.
Tip 7: Be sure the blade is inserted correctly as described in the manual and that it is clamped down properly before use.
Tip 8: When cutting rounded material be sure to use a V-block to support your material so that it doesn’t roll into the blade and jam or break it.
Tip 9: If you need to make an adjustment underneath the table, then make sure the saw is turned off. This will help to avoid mishaps.
Tip 10: If using a foot switch, be sure it is tucked under the saw when you are away from the machine. Unplug the foot switch if you need to change blades or readjust settings, etc., so as not to accidentally step on it when working on something else.
Tip 11: You can use an eraser from a pencil to cut material that needs to be cut close to the blade instead of using your finger tip.
Tip 12: Make sure you have plenty of light over your working space. This way you are sure to see what you are doing and will not cut yourself.
Tip 13: Make sure when you are finished using the saw for the day or a long period of time you loosen the blade. This will help the blade to last longer, and reduce accidents.
I hope these tips help you to be safe while creating your wonderful designs.