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Expert advice for scrollsaws

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  • Wear safety glasses to guard against flying wood chips or the pieces of a broken blade.
  • Control dust with a nearby dust filter or, better yet, take it right off the table with a collector. Some new models include attachments that accept a shop vacuum hose.
  • Don't wear loose sleeves or any jewelry that could get tangled in the blade. If you have long hair, tie it back. Stock up on these.
  • A small assortment of blades will handle any situation. Rick relies on very thin #2/0, #2, and #5 blades for most of his work, usually in a skip-tooth configuration. The skip-tooth style features a long, flat gullet between the teeth.
  • Baltic birch plywood serves as a great material for most scrollsawing projects. The edges look good, and you won't run into voids, as you do with some plywood.
  • Patterns can come from downloadable Web sites, from computer software, or simply from children's coloring books. To make a permanent pattern, cut it out in plastic laminate.
  • A magnifier light helps you follow fine details, but can be tricky to use, so try it before you buy it. Rick recommends the kind with a fluorescent ring.

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Comments (5)
fasfixit4u wrote:

I've had at least four machines in my time. But I've found that the most high priced machines are not alwasy the best, I've had a few as I said, but the best machine I've ever owned is a old craftsman 16" w/ 2" cut. and trust me I've had the high priced machine. ( my wife still reminds me all the time ) but the best machine is the one you feel good with.

5/13/2010 10:46:17 AM Report Abuse
denis_muras wrote:

What I suggest to people who ask, start with the medium priced saws. A number of my scrollsaw friends and I started with the low-end saws and were frustrated more that hooked. Even a minor upgrade to a better saw and blades changed our scrollsaw session from frustration to enjoyment.

5/13/2010 10:37:54 AM Report Abuse
rodneye wrote:

My advice to beginners is to "TAKE YOUR TIME" !! Start out with an affordable machine, then, if you're hooked, after a while move up to a nicer more precise machine !

2/20/2010 08:57:55 PM Report Abuse
217green wrote:

The advice is great, however, what scroll saws would you look at.

2/20/2010 11:46:38 AM Report Abuse
philmariotti1 wrote:

As a beginner with a scroll saw, any advice is good to have. Thank you.

2/18/2010 04:04:36 PM Report Abuse

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