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Get a grip for faster scrollsawing

I sell scrollsawn animals and puzzles at craft shows. Such projects require many tight turns that take a lot of time. To speed up your scrollsaw work, simply attach wooden door pulls to the waste corners of the cutting blank using a drywall screw and washer, as shown. Then back the screw out slightly so that the pulls turn freely.

Using the handles while cutting gives more leverage and makes cutting tight corners fluid and blade-mark-free. For me, the time-savings was significant enough that I could reduce the price of my puzzles.

Take care when passing the knob under the scrollsaw to avoid bruised knuckles from the saw arm. Also save the cuts near the handles for last, leaving them useful for the maximum number of cuts.
—James Mielke, Center City, Minn.


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