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Positioning Your Hands When Cutting

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 9th September 2008

Hand position is one of the most critical aspect of controlling your workpiece. If your hand position is correct and you’re working on a good-quality saw, you will not tire as quickly and you’ll enjoy what you’re doing.

All you need is a light touch to hold the wood in place– a white knuckle hold will only tire you out and makes the wood more difficult to turn. (Note: Thick wood needs to be held down much more firmly than thin wood otherwise you may get bouncing wood.)

My hands are constantly turning and moving to new positions as I push my project through the saw. Watch your hand movements. If you find yourself turning your body instead of your hands to control the movements of the wood, stop and reposition yourself.  Always stand square in front of the machine for best control. Once you’re aware of your hand movements, you can cut anything.

If at any time you don’t feel comfortable where you have your hands, stop immediately and turn off the scroll saw.  You will do no harm to the work piece.  Reposition yourself and start again.  Same thing, if the blade gets caught in one of your turns and starts bouncing up and down, do not panic, just turn off the scroll saw, reposition your work piece, take a deep breath and start again!

Happy Scroll Sawing!

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