How to Properly Use a Scroll Saw

What You'll Need
Scroll saw
Scroll saw blades
Working surface
Dust mask
Protective eye glasses

A scroll saw is a very convenient tool to have in your workshop. The saw cuts different shapes and patterns on wood as well as other materials such as metal and hard plastic. Though it may seem complicated at first, it is quite simple to use a scroll saw guided by a number of simple instructions.

Step 1 - Wear Protective Gear

Before starting to use your scroll saw, put on your protective glasses and dust mask as well. Wear a hat to cover long hair or hold it back. Ensure also that your sleeves are not near the saw.

Step 2 – Prepare Wood

Cut the wood to the size you will require to make the pattern. Sand the wood along the rough edges then transfer the pattern you want to cut on the wood using the pencil. Make sure the marked lines are visible enough.

Step 3 – Prepare the Saw for Cutting

Clamp your scroll saw on the working surface. Install the right blade for the size and delicasy of the pattern you wish to cut and ensure that it firmly fits onto the saw. Thinner materials usually require blades with smaller teeth. Turn the saw on. Some scroll saws come with a light, you should turn it on too, as well as a dust blower to blow away dust, and clear your work surface as you cut your pattern out. Test the saw on an extra piece of wood to see that it works properly before starting on your main project.

Step 4 – Begin Cutting

Set the speed of the saw depending on the kind of material you are cutting. Thick materials and hardwoods require a higher speed while thinner materials require a slower speed. With your scroll saw on, direct the blade towards the first line. Use both hands to control the scroll saw along the marked lines on the wood as well as to position the piece of wood appropriately when you need to make turns. As you guide the wood, do not put your hands too close to the blade. Direct your pieces of wood slowly around the blade without rushing to complete cutting. Rushing is dangerous as your fingers could slip and touch the blade or you may miss the marked lines and come up with a crooked pattern.

Step 5 – Making a 90 Degree Turn

You do not have to turn off the scroll saw as you make 90-degree turns. At the point of making the turn, take the saw blade back through the cut line and remove the piece of wood from the saw. Insert the saw again on the adjacent line that meets the turn and cut to meet the angle.

Step 6 – Finishing up the Pattern.

After successfully cutting out the pattern, turn off the scroll saw. Sand the rough edges of the pattern. Remove the saw blade and unclamp the saw from the working table for storage.