If you want to learn more about the scroll saw, the best delta model for woodturners is the Delta Swivel Scroll Sawing. This saw is both a great addition to your workshop, and a good buy for the value you get. This saw is especially useful because of its scroll saw patterns. These saw designs are extremely versatile and allow woodturners to cut a wide variety of materials without a lot of hassle or time involved. It also is especially useful when you are cutting large pieces of stock from multiple pieces of wood, as it allows you to make more precisely angled cuts, which results in less waste.
The Delta Swivel Scroll saw is what is known as “self-tilting.” This means that when you turn the saw on and set it to the top position, the blade will tilt and then extend itself up and into the work while remaining in one place. This high-performance delta model has a custom-designed arm unit that will minimize its chatter and vibration output while cutting and allowing you to increase its length on the fly to increase the blade length on the turn. The result is very precise cuts that are both smooth and clean.
One of the most innovative features of this saw is the scroll feature that allows you to tilt the blade and extend the whole blade much further than is usually possible. To adjust the length of the blade, all you have to do is set the saw to the appropriate height. Most models come with a rubber blade guard, which is great at reducing friction, but you can also use a foam blade guard, which is designed specifically to reduce the amount of wear and tear it experiences. You can even find some models with an aluminum or acrylic shield, which works well at both reducing friction and protecting your investment from chips, scratches, and gouges.
Another nice addition is the Adjustable Blade Ramps. These are great for beginners because they give you much more versatility in adjusting blade position when making blade changes. The reason is that there are two separate bars on each side of the scroll saw, allowing you to slide the blade out or in depending on the need of the project. You can adjust the height of the two ramps by rotating the bar counterclockwise. They are conveniently placed on the side of the upper arm, which makes them easy to access and use.
Adjustable Speed Settings: Because this saw has so many useful features, it’s always come equipped with variable speed settings. By simply turning a knob, you can easily vary the amount of speed that the scroll saw goes through its operation. These variable speed settings are especially useful for those new to woodturning and turning small projects. No matter what your level of expertise is, you’ll always come away satisfied with the smooth operation of this popular scroll saw.
Other helpful add-ons include adjustable tension, fence locking, and fence lifting. Tension is adjusted with the help of a tension knob, which is also used to set the length of the scroll blades. Fence lifting is done with the use of a hydraulic lift. Other helpful add-ons include fence locking mechanisms that prevent the opening and closing of the fence during the process of making several different patterns or cuts.
Two inches and under are a common standard thickness for woodturning scroll saws. However, no matter what your particular needs may be, this depth is certainly perfect for creating accurate cuts and creating smooth, flat surfaces. Two inches is just right for ripping material, while two and a half inches and under is good for woodturning smaller pieces of wood or plastic. Shorter lengths, usually two and a half inches and under, are great for woodturning just a few pieces of stock. The two and a half inch depth are perfect if you want to create detailed woodturning patterns or squares.
Finally, it is important to consider the scroll saw arm. While you should get a strong, sturdy scroll saw arm to support the heavy blade, you should also get one with a lower profile. Ideally, the scroll saw arm should not exceed the height of the blade. If your scroll saw arm extends beyond the height of the blade and above the surface that the blade will be touching, it will cause vibration and cause your woodturning project to become unsteady, which results in poor cuts and overall poor performance.