There was a great idea posted in this thread about making a list of tips and tricks for scrollers. Having them in one place would be a great resource for new scrollers, and a fun place for seasoned scrollers to find new ideas.
So post your favorite tips here and I'll add it to the list. Please keep the tips short and sweet so it's easy to read and add to the list.
Let the sharing begin!
I am a "bottom feeder." After drilling a few holes, I take an awl and enlarge the bottom of the holes. This creates a funnel shape to put the blade in. On a large piece, if you have trouble seeing the hole, lay a CD on the saw table. It reflects A LOT of light up.
Take a pencil #2 rotate in hole makes it very visible.
If you have a small grinder ,taper your blades like an arrow .
I keep a push pin by the saw. Push it through the pilot hole and it works for me.
1. small engineer's square for getting the 90 degree angle which is critical for puzzles
2. packaging tape for blade lubrication.
3. paste wax for the table
4. band aids for those inevitable nicks on the fingers.
5. Magnifying light.
6. Good quality blades
7. Dust mask or central vac system with good pick-up.
8. Adjustable height chair with back support (drafting stool)
9. Subscription to "ScrollSaw Workshop and crafts"
10 3M sanding wheels (for use with drill, drill press, or lathe)
11 3M "77" adhesive spray for permanent bond or Elmer's spray adhesive for temporary bond.
[For Squaring The Blade] - I cut into a scrap. Stop the saw, spin the wood around to the back of the blade. If the blade goes into the cut, you're good. Low tech, but accurate.
For projects due to be repeated; I use a thin stable materiel (hardboard-- plastic etc.) and cut the template to re-use along with the original cuts!
I also use an additional blade lube of old WHITE preferred candles ran right into the blade-- even between cuts. I have fantastic blade life.
I like having an air compressor with spray nozzle to blow all of the dust off my work when its finished.
I always spray a clear coat over fretwork before I frame it to keep any stray sawdust off the inside of the plexiglass.
[Replacement Dust Blower] - I went and purchased an aquarium air pump and hooked it to the saw. Very powerful, and no more problems with saw dust on the project.
Use a sacrificial board under your piece with the pattern when drilling holes to avoid push out and after drilling sand the back with 220 grit so the surface on the saw table is smooth
For really intricate cutting (especially 1/8"), I usually put a sacrifice luan ply above and below the piece. Saw all 3 pieces the same size and wrap with blue tape. Often put a dab of glue in the 4 corners also.
I keep a very small, cheap, shop vac next to my saw and use it constantly. I have also installed a ceiling mounted dust collector. Just blowing off the dust with the compressor is spreading it around the shop and it will end up in your finely sanded, oiled finish, not to mention your nose and lungs.
I have a cardboard box that I place over items I have applied a finish to. It protects the finish from any dust I happen to blow around while working on other projects.
I have an $8 hair dryer blowing the dust off of my work as I saw.
To use more of your blade teeth you can cut off the bottom 3/4" of a dulled blade reinstall, and you will then be using the unused teeth. Not sure all saws will accommodate the shorter blade but all mine will.
- Apr 12, 2016 05:06 PM
- by Travis