A scroll saw is an excellent addition to a woodworking shop. In addition to its great size and capability to cut multiple pieces of wood at a time, it can also be used for precision detailed work on individual items. This is especially helpful when cutting large pieces of wood that require a lot of detail such as an intricate design for a chair or small tables. For most woodworkers, a scroll saw is one of the best tools to have in a woodworking shop.
Many woodworking shops only have a basic level of functionality when it comes to their scroll saw. Some woodworkers choose to purchase an off the shelf or a pre-packaged scroll saw, but most end up buying one of the many variations of this popular machine. These machines come in a variety of different sizes and offer various options and features, so it is important to determine what specifications you are looking for before shopping for one.
The first factor to consider when purchasing a scroll saw is the size of the cutting surface. Most models will be able to handle cutting on both wood thin and wide grain. However, it is a good idea to test the depth of a cut to make sure your machine can handle the task. Most scroll saws will allow a variable speed setting. The higher the setting, the slower the machine will move, which is ideal for doing detailed work with less effort.
The second thing to consider when purchasing a scroll saw is whether or not the blade is adjustable. Having a blade that is adjustable will allow you to fine tune the depth of a particular scroll project. Many woodworkers like to have the option of adjusting the width of the blade, which will cut the project more accurately and prevent it from cutting too much. For most home woodturners the need for a variable speed scroll saw outweighs the need to have a blade that can be adjusted.
Once you’ve determined the type of scroll saw you need, it is time to consider the make and model. It is always better to shop for a saw at a professional supplier’s store or internet site, where you can view all the available models side-by-side. The same can be done when purchasing a benchtop saw as well. By comparing several different saws, you can determine which ones will work best for your needs. If possible, bring your saw to a woodturning shop and have a look at the different styles available.
A scroll saw can come in different depths. If you want to reduce your risk of ripping a project, then you should purchase a depth finder, which will determine the depth of the scroll saw. Many saws feature a removable table that will allow you to change the depth without having to remove the bench top. Table top scroll saws are sometimes also referred to as “cantilevel” scroll saws.
Some laws, such as the Nissen whether scroll saw, feature a V-groove in their cutting edge. These saws are ideal for ripping carpet but because they require that you remove the bench, they can also damage other surfaces on your workbench. Many saws, such as the Pfaffler saw also feature V-grooves, but these saws can also damage nearby surfaces, such as cabinets. The cost of a saw, including the cost of the scroll and its accessories, can add up quickly.
When shopping for a new saw, consider whether your saw needs a deeper or lighter scroll. Many saws now come with both a light and deep scroll. A heavy duty saw with a deep scroll can cut through wood, granite, and other hard materials better than a lighter saw designed for lighter cuts. Also, keep in mind that saws with larger cutting spaces require more muscles to move the saw. For heavy-duty tasks, a saw with multiple speed and angle options is best.