Category:Scroll Saws

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Scroll Saws

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required

Safe Operation

  • Always cut workpieces that are resting on the worktable – no ‘free hand’ cutting of work in air
  • Always adjust the workpiece foot to gently rest on the workpiece
  • DO NOT attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running. Only clear the blade and table of loose pieces of work after the blade has come to a complete stop
  • Push workpieces through the saw by applying even pressure on both sides of the workpiece
  • If the blade cannot cut a tight radius without bogging down, cut straight through the scrap material, remove the scrap, and try again from a clean cut
  • DO NOT push on the workpiece along the scrollsaw’s line of cut
  • Adjust the tilt of the table by loosening the table tilt lock, tilting the table to the desired angle, and tightening the table tilt lock

Common Maintenance Operations

  • If the blade needs to be replaced:
    1. unplug the saw
    2. loosen the blade tensioner as much as possible
    3. install a new blade with the teeth facing down (christmas tree-style)
    4. clamp the blade in the bottom, then top holder using thumbscrews
    5. retighten the blade tension handle. Wider blades need more tension. It should deflect slightly with light finger pressure. Breaking blades indicate too much tension. Wandering cuts and poor cutting performance indicate too little tension. A dull blade, excess feed rate or tight curves cause the same symptoms as incorrect tension.

Allowable Materials

  • Wood, foam, and plastics may be cut on the scrollsaw. No metals may be cut on the scrollsaw
  • Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • No moldy or wet wood o No treated/painted/finished wood
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions

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