The Scroll Saw is an invaluable tool for anyone serious about woodworking as a hobby. Its makes detailed crafts a breeze and you can use it for the most advanced freehand cuts. These are bench mounted saws that offer the versatility of extremely precise cuts in either wood, metal, or plastic. These saws can cut up to two inches of wood with ease.
Many people do not realize the versatility of the Scroll Saw. It can be used to cut virtually any craft that you mind can dream up. Some people even use them to make homemade wood jigsaw puzzles with ease. You can cut out patterns that are wonderfully intricate such as designs of animals or designs that offer depth and insight to fashion top of the line crafts from.
I remember the first time that I ever used a Scroll Saw. I was just a child being supervised by my father. I was around ten years old. I made a wonderful wood fish that I still have and value thirty years later. That love of woodworking has held with me for a lifetime.
Here are ten tips to consider when using a Scroll Saw.
1) Always consider safety. Scroll Saws are relatively safe but they are still extremely sharp. Always wear safety goggles when using this saw because a blade breaking could fly out and hit your eye.
2) Wear a dust mask because the Scroll Saw produces extremely fine dust that can be harmful to your lungs if you breath it in.
3) Always cut dry wood. Never cut wet wood. This will ultimately damage your saw over time.
4) Use a foot operated on and off switch. This will help you not take your hands off the project.
5) Make sure you have ample light to see your project. You can buy lights that mount onto the Scroll Saw to aid in your work.
6) Magnify your work. You can also buy actual magnifying glasses to look through while you operate your Scroll Saw. These mount easily onto the saw.
7) When you are cutting corners and you are new to using a scroll saw stop the feed rate so you can pull back on your work. Make your spin fast so you do not burn the wood. That is your biggest danger when using a scroll saw is burning the wood. Once you make your turn apply pressure and feed the wood again. Remember that some woods burn easier then others. Cherry wood will burn easily if you are not careful.
8) An excellent way to store your extra scroll saws is to cut a piece of PVC pike and stick a cork in each end. You can even label the PVC pipe with a permanent marker. They stand up on end and line up nicely on a shelf.
9) Always save your cutout pieces on intricate work. By doing this you can place them back in the work like a jigsaw puzzle so that the fragile work does not get destroyed until you can use it in a stable setting. This gives the intricate work a bit of stability by using the cutout pieces.
10) Always spray your blades with WD40. Scroll saw blades rust but if you coat them lightly with oil they will last a very long time.
These are a few tips that I have personally learned through the years or from my husband who enjoys using a Scroll Saw for his woodworking craft projects that he designs for our son and daughter.