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How to use a scroll saw

How to use a scroll saw

It’s easy and absolutely a breeze to use, once you get the hang of it. And getting the hang of using a scroll saw isn’t difficult at all, if you put your heart and mind into it. All you need to do is pick out a good web link providing detailed, step-by-step directions, which you then have to stringently follow at all times. So here’s what you should do to use a scroll saw properly and effectively.

  • Switch on the scroll saw (use the type you need to cut through the material at hand) after checking it for the right scroll saw blade, and then cut a rough pattern as desired.
  • If the mode you’re using is of variable speed, then the next step is to adjust the speed according to the requirements. You need to keep the speed slow for hard wood or material, and fast for the softer varieties.
  • The actual cutting process begins now, and you have to keep the scroll scroll saw blade aligned to the first line that you need to cut through. Once that’s done, with both your hands, gently direct the wood into the scroll saw blade for cutting.
  • Keeping the forefingers of both your hands, as well as the thumb of one, firmly on the wood as you guide it through the scroll saw blade, push it gently along the first line to be cut, without raising more than one finger away from it at a time. Mind you, raising more than one finger will cause the wood to jump away, ruining all your efforts.
  • As you cut through the first line, keep adjusting the feed rate as per your requirements. It’s something you’ll be able to figure out by default after some practice, and you’ll begin to know, more from your sixth sense, when you need to slow down or hurry up.
  • Once you reach the turning point of the first line, remove the wood from the table and turn it around to align the next line along the scroll saw blade. Take the scroll saw blade slowly through to the first cut, and then gently withdraw it before turning the wood again for the next line cutting. Just keep making gradual turns of the wood as needed.
  • Repeat the process with all the edges till you have all the external lines neatly cut, using sandpaper to soften the edges where needed.

How to use a scroll saw

Other aspects of using a scroll saw

While the above is a step-by-step guide to the process of cutting wood, metal or even hard plastic with a scroll saw, there are other things you should keep in mind when actually taking on a cutting task.

One of these important things is the need to wear protective gear, including glasses to shield your eyes from flying debris, and possibly even a dust mask to protect yourself from inhaling the dust generated in the process. If you have somewhat longish hair, remember to keep it tied so that it doesn’t get in the way while cutting with a scroll saw. The same holds for the sleeves of your shirt, which should be tucked in such a way as to keep them safely away from the work station.

Then there’s the preparation part too, which you need to work on before starting the actual cutting process. Depending on what you wish to create, you should first cut the wood to the required size and clearly mark the design pattern with a pencil.

The preparation extends not just to the material to be cut but also to the saw itself. You need to be sure of fitting the right scroll saw blade firmly and properly on to the saw, checking it by switching the saw on and then trying it out on a waste piece of wood or other material that you need to cut.

As far as precautions go, just be careful how you guide the wood with your hands/fingers—after all you don’t want to end up with chopped fingers. Also, remember that you don’t need to switch the saw off every time you want to make a 90° turn; all you have to do is to slide the saw back through the cut line and then gently remove the wood from it.

Finally, good finishing is as important as good cutting. Once you’re done with cutting the pattern, do what you can to smoothen the rough edges and let your creativity shine through the wood or whatever you’re working on.

Hot to use a scrollsaw


No need to reiterate, of course, that using a scroll saw is quite a simple affair, as long as you don’t try to experiment with the process. Caution is an essential part of cutting with a scroll saw, which can otherwise cause injury, especially if you’re a beginner.

But then, when all is said and done, this saw is ideal for beginners, given the ease of its use. So just check out the step-by-step instructions on the links shared above, or any other resource you find convenient, and then follow them stringently.

Take your time grasping the intricacies of the process, and practice as much as you can. Practice will make you perfect, just as it does in any other task you’re beginning to learn. Remember, once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll find the end result worth every bit of your effort, and you’ll also find others reveling in your successes.

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