The skill of cutting out letters in a scroll saw pattern correctly is an important step in learning how to cut out letters in a scroll saw. This is also the first and most important step in learning how to cut out basic shapes and patterns. The basic steps involved in learning how to cut out basic woodworking patterns are similar for most other woodworking projects. The main difference is the level of detail that is involved. Learning how to cut out letters in a scroll saw pattern properly means using a finer and more detailed blade.
When learning how to cut out letters in a scroll saw pattern, the basic idea is to trace the lines of a regular or cross-shaped piece of wood. A regular or cross-shaped piece of wood can be any basic shape. The basic idea is to trace these lines while maintaining accuracy on the width and height of each line. This is a difficult skill to learn, but a fun skill to master. Many scroll saw patterns require accurate and precise cuts to achieve an accurate level of detailing.
Most scroll saw patterns use a very fine, detailed blade. They can be difficult to cut safely and maintain. It is important to know how to safely use a scroll saw because there are far greater dangers involved when cutting with a scroll saw that there are with a regular or cross-cut machine. Because of this danger, the proper precautions must be taken to ensure safety. Learning how to cut out letters in a scroll saw pattern correctly starts by knowing the risks involved in the actual cutting process.
Most scroll saw patterns involve wood being perfectly straight, even at the end. Any wood that is not perfectly straight is going to have a slight curvature to it. The best way to ensure a perfectly straight cut is to hold the scroll saw blade at the correct angle, lean it slightly forward and then simply use the scroll saw’s backlip to cut the wood. Depending on the scroll saw, this may mean holding the scroll saw blade at a 90 degree angle to the saw’s back, or a degree and a half off the ground.
The next step in the process is to start with a clean, smooth cutting surface. Cleaning the surface before starting the process means that the dust will be removed from the surface, making it much easier to cut on. It also means that the surface will be much easier to keep clean and free of burrs. A clean cutting surface ensures that all the particles that might damage the material are removed from the cutting area. This makes the cutting process much more efficient and less prone to damage.
The next thing to know about how to cut out letters in a scroll saw pattern is how to lay the wood down flatly. Most scroll saw patterns have a series of steps or cuts, each of which should be made on a flat surface. To make the first cut, the piece of wood to be cut needs to be centered, with the scroll blade right underneath it. The piece of wood to be cut needs to be lifted from the saw’s table and brought to the front, then it needs to be centered correctly with the blade right below it, and finally it needs to be brought down to the table and aligned properly with the saw’s cutting edge. In order to make the second cut, the piece of wood needs to be positioned back at the front of the table, but this time it needs to be centered with the blade. The piece of wood to be cut should then be lifted from the saw’s table and brought back down to the front, and lastly it needs to be centered and cut along the line made by the first cut.
When learning how to cut out letters in a scroll saw pattern, you also need to know how to hold the scroll. To do this, place the scroll on the table and slide one of the scroll saw’s scroll wheels underneath it. Then, using one of your hands, make an upside-down U shape with your pinky fingers and thumb. Fold the fingers in half, hold the rolled over finger in the other half and pull the cutout wheel out of the way. The raised portion of the wheel will then rest against the inside edge of the saw’s table and will be flush up against the scroll.
This step is important, because it tells the saw what direction to cut, and how far to make the cut. Next, it is time to set the height of the scroll. Setting the height too high can make the letter too hard to read, and too low can cause the scroll to skim along the table. You want the scroll to be about even with the top of the table, or the lettering will look like it is offset from the wood.