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Scroll Saw Clubs

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 21st October 2008

A great way to learn more about scroll sawing is by joining a scroll saw club.  There are many great chapters of scroll saw clubs across the USA.  Try a google search for scroll saw clubs or associations and you should be able to find one in your area.

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Air Quality In Your Shop

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 3rd October 2008

Believe it or not there is a lot of very fine dust generated by the scrollsaw. After cutting for awhile you will see the fine layer of dust on everything in the area. Just imagine now all of that dust you are breathing in!

And, remember that many of the wood species create a dust that can is toxic. The easiest way to protect yourself is to wear a dust mask. Make sure that it is a mask rated for sanding and woodworking.

Some people are allergic to even the dust of certain species of woods with just skin contact, so be careful around wood until you know if you are allergic to it or not.

Your scroll saw has a blower on it to clear the dust from the cutting line so you can see the line, but it blows that dust into the air. If you don’t like the idea of wearing a mask there are other ways to keep your breathing air clean.

One solution that I feel works best is to use a filter on a box fan.  Use any pleated furnace filter, on the incoming air flow side of your box fan, and put it behind your scrollsaw. It pulls the air away from you, into the fan behind the scrollsaw. This catches just about all the dust generated by the scrollsaw.

I am sure you can come up with other ways to filter the air you breathe, I would just suggest that you use something.  No sense risking your health when you can take some very simple steps to make your shop safer.

Happy Scrolling.

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Store Blades Near Your Scroll Saw

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 2nd October 2008

I use a strip magnet mounted somewhere on the scroll saw, or stand to hold extra blades, so that they are easily available. Find a convenient location and mount two pieces of strip magnet about 4″ apart to hold the top and bottom area of the blade. I also find it nice to mount the magnets on riser blocks about 1/2″ off the surface, this gives your fingers room to pick up the blades.

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Removing Patterns From Project

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 1st October 2008

I have talked about ways to attach your patterns to your wood but I never told you the best ways to remove those patterns when you are done.

If you have been working on a project for awhile the pattern can become very hard to get off, or it could be ready to fall of.  If the pattern is very hard to get off, try dampening it with mineral spirits, this usual will loosen up the glue and make it easier to remove.  If you have any glue reminants on your wood again, adding a little mineral spirits to it should make it easy to just wipe away.

Another trick I use if you have stubborn glue problems, get out the hair dryer!  Heating up the glue will make it gooie (my word, leave me alone), so you can peel off the pattern and then if glue remains on the wood, grab the mineral spirits and lightly wipe the glue away.

Happy Scroll Sawing!

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Scroll Saw Tips

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 12th September 2008

Found a great article I thought I would share, give you someone elses view on tips for scroll sawing.  As a teacher, I know that everybody learns in a different way, and how I say it maybe totally different how someone else says it and you may just understand them better!

Scroll Saw Tips
By Shirley Atkinson Platinum Quality Author

I have learned all of these scroll saw tips by trial and error. I would have loved to find a place like this when I first started scrolling (that is the word for people who do scroll work). When I first started out I didn’t have the slightest idea what I was doing. After a lot of practice it turned into a lot of fun.

There are many scroll saw crafts that you can start as a beginner or even for more advanced scrollers. There are some great books you can also learn from.

The first scroll saw tip you need to do is position your pattern.

You can either make a copy of your pattern on your computer or else take it down and have it copied. You can copy the outline onto a piece of transfer paper which works quite well unless your have cutouts in the middle. Then it is best to have a copy made. Apply the pattern to the wood with rubber cement, spray adhesive, or repositionable spray glue. I usually use rubber cement. It comes off easy and doesn’t leave glue on the wood. Remember to dust your wood before you apply the pattern. Always apply the glue to the pattern and not the wood. I have found when I used repositionable spray glue that if I have a lot of cutouts the pattern starts to come off. You don’t have that problem with rubber cement.

Preparing the wood for inside cuts.

(The napkin holder on the left has many intricate cutouts and is a great seller at craft shows.) After you have your pattern on the wood you can now prepare for inside cuts. I use a drill press but you can use a regular drill. Use the smallest drill bit that will let you get your blade through. Drill through the wood in the center of each of your inside cuts. You may want to lightly sand the back of the wood after you have drilled because bits can leave little hairs and you want it nice and smooth.

Should I sit down or stand up?

I have had a lot of people ask me this question. The best scroll saw tip I can give you is when you first start out it is best to stand directly in front of your saw. It is easier to feed the work straight into the blade, so don’t stand off to the side. I got to a point that I bought a high stool so that I could work for longer periods of time. Most scroll saws have a light but it is best if you have a fluorescent light on one side of your saw. The light will help prevent shadows on your cutting area. Please wear a dust mask especially if you are working with exotic woods.

The importance of using the right blade.

My best scroll saw tip is finding the best blades. Most of my work is with 3/4″ wood. I use a double-tooth #4 blade size. If you want to work with thinner wood a #3 double-tooth blade works best. Double-tooth blades will produce less chip out on your wood and will last longer than other blades. Make sure when you install your blade that the teeth face front and point down. A blade installed backwards won’t cut wood, and an upside-down blade will pick your wood up off the table bed and slap it back down again (this scares the heck out of you).

You must have proper blade tension.

Insert the blade and turn the tension knob three-quarters of a turn past the point of resistance. A blade that’s too loose won’t cut a straight pattern line, and a blade that’s too tight can break and possibly damage your saw. Remember to always keep your blade moving when you are cutting curves. A lot of people have a tendency to stop and this will cause the wood to pick up and slap back down on your table. Just let the wood pivot by keeping your finger close to the blade (no closer than an inch). When you’re cutting out a circle, keep the feeding speed constant. If you continually stop and start as you make the turn, the finished edge will be choppy.

Shirley Atkinson
Crafters Love Crafts

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