Using a scroll saw is relatively simple. Before starting, use the bevel scale under the saw table to adjust the saw to the angle you need for accurate cutting. Also, check the blade tension knob to make sure it’s right for your project. Too little tension can cause the blade to bend, and too much tension can cause the blade to break. Put the workpiece foot lock in place to prevent the workpiece from lifting during sawing and adjust the speed adjustment knob so it’s on the right setting for the project you’re working on.
Always wear your safety equipment when using a scroll saw. Use safety goggles and a dust mask to prevent dust and small wood pieces from getting in the eyes and lungs. Keep both hands firmly pressed on the piece of wood, and always keep fingers far away to the side of the blade, never in front of it.
You can free saw or use pattern designs for your scroll sawing. Pattern designs can either be bought or ordered online, or, if you’re feeling savvy, you can also make them yourself.
To start, turn on the saw and trim way any excessive wood material around the outside of your pattern or design. Adjust the speed to cut patterns or details from the inside. To do this, first drill a hole in the center of the piece, thread the saw blade through the hole, securely clamp down everything, and then begin carefully sawing the pattern from the inside. For outside cuts, simply cut in along the patterns from the outside so the extra material falls away as you cut. Use both hands to carefully guide the workpiece along the pattern guidelines, adjusting the blade speed as needed.
When you’re finished, use a sander or piece of sandpaper to smooth out any parts of the workpiece or any edges or surfaces that feel rough or frayed. Wipe off excess dust, unplug the saw, and you’re all done!