Using a Scroll Saw to Cut a Spiral

What You'll Need
Scroll saw
Spiral blades
Tape measure
Protective clothing
Hand gloves
Eye protection
Dust mask

A scroll saw is an electric tabletop saw, used for cutting a wide range of wood patterns. The saw has blades, which cut thin wood. The wood patterns are useful for decorations. Spiral blades facilitate intricate wood designs. They enable the cutting of wood that requires a lot of turning. The blades allow a 360-degree movement of your project while cutting.

Step 1- Wear Protective Gear

Safety is the first step. Ensure that your clothes are fitting properly and proceed to put on safety goggles, a dust mask and hand gloves.

Step 2- Prepare the Scroll Saw

Before embarking on using your saw, ensure that it is in perfect working condition. Verify that all screws are in place and are secure on the spiral blade, in preparation for your project. Fasten the scroll saw onto the working surface.

Step 3- Set up the Project

Place the wood on the working surface and use your pencil to mark the lines along which to cut. Secure the project under the saw’s clamp mechanism, to be certain that the wood remains firm as you cut.

Step 4- Start the Project

Turn on the scroll saw, including any light buttons and the sawdust blower. Check to see if the blades are working properly and if so, start cutting your project. The speed you set on the saw will depend on the type of wood you are cutting. Softwoods will require a slower speed than hardwoods. Guide the saw slowly with very little pressure to ensure that you are cutting along the pattern lines. Since you are cutting a spiral, you do not need to turn the wood at all.

Step 5- Turn off the Saw

After successfully finishing your project, turn off your scroll saw immediately as a safety measure. You should also turn off your saw whenever you take breaks in the course of completing your project.

Step 6- Inspect Your Finished Project

After you are done with cutting, check whether your project has produced the desired results. Mistakes are bound to happen and often times you may make wrong cuts. You can salvage your project by redrawing new lines using your pencil, and then cutting along the new lines. This will leave you with a smaller project than you first intended.

Step 7- Finishing up the Project

Once you are satisfied with the outcome of your project, smooth out all the sides using sandpaper. Unclamp the scroll saw and unplug it from the electricity source. Clean up the working area of all the wood pieces and saw dust. Gather up all your working tools and return them to their right storage. Leave the work surface tidy for next time’s use.