Scroll Saw

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Scroll Saw.


Best for: Detail work

A scroll saw is a small electric or pedal-operated saw used to cut intricate curves in wood, metal, or other materials. The fineness of its blade allows it to cut more delicately than a power jigsaw, and more easily than a hand coping saw or fretsaw.


Safety Considerations

  • Wear safety glasses at all times. Ear protection is recommended for extended sessions.
  • No accessories such as rings, bracelets, and watches. Sleeves must be rolled up past elbows. No dangling fabric such as scarves or hoodie strings.



Machine Details


The scroll saw is typically used to perform detail work.

Permitted Materials

The default blade on the Idea Shop's Scroll Saw can cut the following materials:

  • Cardboard, Chipboard, and Foam Core
  • Rigid Foam (EPS, XPS, Polymide, etc.)
  • MDF, Plywood
  • Soft Woods (Cedar, Pine, etc.)
  • Hard Woods (Walnut, Maple, etc.)


"Oh no! My material is not one of the ones specified above! What do I do???"

Fun fact: For cutting material not covered by the default blade, ask an Idea Shop staff member for assistance in selecting and changing the blade!

Safety Instructions


Preparation

  • Wear safety glasses at all times. Ear protection is recommended for extended sessions.
  • When using the scroll saw, be sure to never place fingers or hands in the path of the oscillating blade.
  • Before beginning, ensure teeth on the blade are pointing down and facing the user.


Active Use

  • Allow blade to come up to full speed before beginning cut.
  • Cut thorough material in a steady consistent motion.
  • If the blade breaks during your cut, you should turn off the machine and ask for assistance to replace the blade.
  • The blade teeth should always face downwards (as the saw cuts on the downstroke), and towards the user
  • To keep the blade from breaking, always advance your material at a moderate rate of speed, allowing the saw to do the work.
  • Turning your material in place (pivoting) without advancing through your material can snap the blade.

Clean Up

  • Vacuum up all debris after cutting.
  • If you changed the blade on the Scroll Saw, ask for assistance to reset to the default blade.
  • Lockout machine and return the key.

Best Practices

  • Always turn off and unplug saw when it is necessary to switch out blade or inspect for potential damage.

Required Personal Protection Equipment

  • Safety glasses
  • Long pants
  • Closed toe and closed heel shoes
  • No accessories such as rings, bracelets, and watches. Sleeves must be rolled up past elbows. No dangling fabric such as scarves or hoodie strings.