Scrollsaws excel at cutting small pieces.

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Throat plate prevents small- part losses
Scrollsaws excel at cutting small pieces. But the smallest of these wooden parts have an annoying tendency of falling through the opening in the throat plate of the saw. To prevent this problem, build your own zero-clearance throat insert plates for your scrollsaw.Cut your auxiliary throat plate from a piece of 1⁄8" acrylic to the exact outline of your saw's standard throat plate. If the 1⁄8" acrylic plate does not sit flush with your table, try a different thickness of acrylic or shim the plate from below. Now, drill a 3⁄32" hole centered in the acrylic plate for the blade to go through. Then, scrollsaw a line from the edge of the acrylic plate up to the hole, and you're ready to go. —Tony Lammers, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Scrollsaws excel at cutting small pieces. But the smallest of these wooden parts have an annoying tendency of falling through the opening in the throat plate of the saw. To prevent this problem, build your own zero-clearance throat insert plates for your scrollsaw.Cut your auxiliary throat plate from a piece of 18 " acrylic to the exact outline of your saw's standard throat plate. If the 18 " acrylic plate does not sit flush with your table, try a different thickness of acrylic or shim the plate from below. Now, drill a 332 " hole centered in the acrylic plate for the blade to go through. Then, scrollsaw a line from the edge of the acrylic plate up to the hole, and you're ready to go.
—Tony Lammers, Grand Rapids, Mich.