The Scroll Saw Lady

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Keep Work Area Clean

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on October 4th, 2008

Keeping your work area clean is not always the first thing on your mind when you go out tot scroll saw, but it should be.

When I go out scrolling, there  tends to be a lot of scrap wood everywhere.  I have a  large trash can is behind me or to the side of the saw, so I have a place other than the floor to throw the scrap.

After some of the long sessions of scrolling you will probably need to sweep the sawdust off the floor or if you have a vacuum, it is time to vacuum too.

Remember your scrollsaw is a power tool and all of the safety precautions you use with other tools in the shop , should be followed on the scrollsaw too. Scrollsawing can be very relaxing, and it becomes easy to get careless unless you really think about what you are doing.  

Keep your work area clean so you can keep on scrolling for years to come.  Happy Scrolling!

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Air Quality In Your Shop

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on October 3rd, 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 October 2nd, 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 October 1st, 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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Ask Questions

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on September 30th, 2008

If you want to start scroll sawing but aren’t sure where to start, come here check things out and write me with any questions you have.

I am always here to help in any way I can.  IF you have done a scroll saw project and would like to put it on the bragging page email the picture and I will put it on my blog.

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