Choosing The Best Scroll Saw For Your Needs

Choosing The Best Scroll Saw For Your Needs

There are a lot of things to think about when you are considering either the purchase of your very first scroll saw or upgrading to a new one.

Let’s take a look at what you need to bear in mind so that you can get this right first time.  I will try to cover everything that you need to think about in order to get this right first time.

Scroll Saw Blades

It is just not possible to carry out a great deal of scrollwork with a saw that needs pinned blades.

Although pinned blades definitely have their advantages they also have a very large downside; you are unable to go into smaller inside detail cutting.  This is due to the fact that in order to get the blade’s pin through you are obliged to go through the blade’s pin.

 

Another question is how easy is it to change the blade?  Also, do you require a special tool to do so? There are some scroll saw projects which have literally dozens or hundreds of holes.

So, you will have to take away from the holder one end of the blade and then go on to thread it through the wood. After that, you need to remount it again into the holder. And you will need to do all of that endlessly.

So you need to make certain that the whole process is simple and easy to carry out. Tool – less blade holders and a saw which allows the arm to be raised and can be held in such a position will be the more desirable.

See Some Of The Best Scroll Saw Blades Here

There are a wide range of saws offering variable speed and at all price points so you should easily be able to find one which provides this benefit. There are certain times when you will need to slow down the blade. This may be to prevent the blade from harming the edge of the wood or maybe when you want to slow down the cutting.

A belt may need to be changed in order to change speed on some designs of certain scroll saws. The most beneficial approach would be to get a saw which has some sort of electronic speed control, if possible.

 

You need to keep vibration to as little as possible because it is highly distracting.

Unfortunately, certain types of saws are inherently more susceptible to vibration due to their design. It normally comes down to price of the saw.

My favourite scroll saw for virtually no vibration is the Dewalt DW788 Scroll Saw – See Here

Placing your saw into a stand can be one method of reducing vibration. The more sturdy the saw is mounted and the greater mass of the combined saw and stand will further reduce the effect of vibration.

You should look for a saw that has specially designed stand that accompanies it.

 

You will find that saws always have their maximum cutting thickness displayed but you can pretty much pay no attention to this because it is nearly always greater than 2″ and you will be highly unlikely to ever want to saw anything as thick as that on a scroll saw.

 

However, you should think carefully if you are looking at cutting very large projects – especially at the depth of the saw’s throat.

This is because too small a throat will mean that you are unable to swing round a big section on a table for you to cut.

This will not be an issue for many people because they do not wish to be involved cutting such a large piece. One idea is to use spiral blades because they can carry out the work without any need to for rotation.

My favourite scroll saw for working in a limited space is the Dremel MS 20 – Ten inch scroll Saw ( see below):

See A Comparison Table Of Some Of The Best Scroll Saws Here

 

You will find it difficult to work on any piece of wood if it has large sections of it overhanging the table, so you should remember to consider the size of your table, too.

 

Take a good look at the way that all of the controls on the saw are laid out. You want to be able to have the speed control, power switch and tension lever all easily in reach at the end of the saw’s arm.

Having the tension and the power button close to the upper blade holders will help a great deal as there will be a need to stop and then feed the blade the hole many times on the majority of scroll jobs. Some people find it easiest to undo the blade from the bottom holder but the majority of users do so from the upper blade holder.

They will be occasions when you wish to adjust the tension during a cut.  You may also want to adjust the speed whilst cutting, too.  So, it makes for these controls to be readily accessible as you need them.

Scroll Saw Foot Pedal

There is also the option of using a foot pedal to control the power and tis can be very convenient.

However, you have to be careful not to damage the motor which can happen if you choose a pedal that offers variable speed. Go for a foot pedal that is a simple power on or power off selector.

See The Billy Foot Pedal Safety Switch Here

There is always the question of your budget.

How much do you have to spend on your scroll saw? You can have a hunt around for a quality, second hand saw which may be better value than an inexpensive brand new one.

Inevitably, you do not get the benefit of a guarantee when going for a used item. So, consider where the saw was made.  Find out if spare parts are readily available and at what price? Look for how much the saw has previously been used and have a chat with the current owner about how it has been used.

Carry out s little research to see what the second hand prices are for the item that you are considering.  You should only go for a used item if the saw is in fine condition and the price is considerably less than a similar saw brand new.

 

Remember the old adage “You get what you pay for” – this applies to scroll saws! It really is not much fun owning a scroll saw where you are almost having to fight with it the whole time. The idea is that you are getting yourself an enjoyable past time, here!

 

After sales support is very important. 

Will you be able to get help and service from the manufacturer? How far will you need to go to get after sales support? Being able to get it services locally will be a real advantage.

Take a look at the guarantee.

How long is it for and what does it cover?

Research the manufacturer?

Is it held in high regard by existing customers?

Some saws come with some nice extra benefits which could make all the difference to you.

There are dust blowers, magnifiers, lamps and stands to consider.  They may make a useful investment to you. Most users would out the dust blower at the top of the list.  It really is very useful.

Some of the above points are obvious whilst some are less so.  You can use the above points to form a check list so that you make the best purchase possible.  Enjoy your hobby and be safe.

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Free Scroll Saw Intarsia Patterns

Free Scroll Saw Intarsia Patterns

Before I go in to a bit more detail about scroll saw patterns – I think it is a good to mention that your work will benefit immensely from using a good scroll saw blade.

There is more information on choosing a good scroll blade saw HERE.

I have just found this website on Pinterest that allows you do download free intarsia patterns

Also well worth a look is :

http://www.freeintarsiapatterns.com/

Please See Also:

Free Scroll Saw Patterns And Templates

Best Scroll Saws Index Page

3 Best Dewalt Scroll Saw Videos

Best Scroll Saws Under $200

Download Free Scroll Saw Patterns to your desktop HERE

Or Here:

http://bestscrollsaws.com/FreeScrollSawPatterns.zip

 

 

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Free Scroll Saw Patterns And Templates

Free Scroll Saw Patterns And Templates

A scroll saw pattern is where every scroll saw project starts.

Before I go in to a bit more detail about scroll saw patterns – I think it is a good to mention that your work will benefit immensely from using a good scroll saw blade.

There is more information on choosing a good scroll blade saw HERE.

O.K. so back to the free scroll saw patterns and templates:

Some of these can cost a few dollars – and I think you will find they are well worth the money as it is always good to have something to refer to when you are working on a project.

Its not much fun being half way through a job and not being quite sure what to do next – so from my own experience I always like to have a nice clear plan in front of me before I start my scroll saw project.

Here are two sites that I have found very useful and they all have free scroll saw projects listed which will help to save you money.

http://absolutelyfreeplans.com/scrollsaw.htm

and

http://fssp-arpop.blogspot.co.uk

Both these sites have animals, clocks, birds figures and plenty of other templates and plans that will help you.

Both these sites have animals, clocks, birds figures and plenty of other templates and plans that will help you.

The sites above are brilliant for finding patterns and templates on a wide range of subjects.

Another site I have found even more useful is Steve Good’s website, if you look here you will find the templates he kindly makes available:

http://www.stevedgood.com/catalog/index.php

What I particularly like about Steve’s site is that he gives you very clear instructions on how to make your project from the template once you have printed it out (about four or five pages of instructions) with a nice photo of the finished item.

Steve’s website includes the largest collection of scroll saw templates I have seen with about forty different categories and probably ten to twenty different templates in each category – so a total of around eight hundred patterns and template – completely free!

http://www.stevedgood.com/catalog/index.php

See Also:

Best Scroll Saws Under $150

Best Scroll Saw Blades

Dewalt-dw788 20 Inch Versus Delta 20 Inch Scroll Saw

Best Scroll Saws Index Page

Download Free Scroll Patterns to your desktop HERE

Or Here:

http://bestscrollsaws.com/FreeScrollSawPatterns.zip

 

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Overcoming The Problem Of Fogging Glasses With Dust Masks

Overcoming The Problem Of Fogging Glasses With Dust Masks

When we want to keep our lungs free of dust and choose to wear a dust mask we want something that is also comfortable.

Some of the cheap ones have a metal piece that holds the mask on to your nose and a piece of elastic to hold it in place, but this lets some of the dust in and also causes glasses to fog up so they are not very effective.

A solution to this is to have a dust mask with a safety valve that lets air in and stops very small particles from getting in such as the 3M 8511PB1-A-PS Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack

This dust mask will allow you to breathe without fogging any safety goggles or glasses and it’s light and comfortable so you can wear it for long periods without it being a nuisance.

Comfy Mask – Elastic Strap Dust Mask – Elastic Strap Dust Mask is also a good choice as it has lots of very small holes that enable you go breathe without fogging your glasses and fits quite loosely over your face.

3M(TM) Half Facepiece Respirator also overcomes this problem by having a couple of renewable filters beneath each nostril.

Although these will prevent goggles from fogging up, they will not prevent it 100 percent so you may need to wipe a solution on to your goggles to help.

I use a solution on my safety goggles that I also use on swimming goggles:

Jaws Quick Spit Antifog Spray and find it keeps my goggles clear of fog for about thirty to forty five minutes, which is usually long enough.

 

See Also:

Comparison Tables For Scroll Saws & Dust Masks

 

 

 

 

 

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Comparison Tables For Scroll Saws & Dust Masks

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Bosch js470e Top Handle Jigsaw – Some Of Your Questions Answered.

Bosch js470e Top Handle Jigsaw – Some Of Your Questions Answered.

People love this jigsaw as it does not wander at all and you can cut through the toughest materials. One user even managed to cut through cast iron, although only mild steel is recommended.

Click Here To See Why More Than 200 People Like The Bosch JS470E

The tool weighs in at just over ten pounds so its quite heavy but this does prevent it from wandering when you are making a cut that can happen with some of the lighter tools.

It comes with a generous twelve foot long cord so you don’t have to be right next to a socket to be able to use it.

Changing the blade is a doddle, you just pull the blade change lever to the side and the blade pops out ready for you to install the new one.

There is an allen wrench housed in the base for adjusting the bevel angle with.

It comes with a light, hard plastic carry case for transporting that has a space for spare blades.

It only comes with one blade so it is advisable to purchase a few extra ones:

These are the most popular blades for this jigsaw

There are also four orbital setting for different blade actions from a very smooth for soft materials, to a much more rugged action for harder materials.

There is an easy to use dial that allows you to set a maximum speed and an accelerator trigger controlling the speed.

People often ask where this machine was made and the answer is Switzerland.

The thing that really makes this such a quality tool is the finely machined plunging system and low vibration of the machine that allows for much more accuracy with this jigsaw than with most others.

There is a thirty money back guarantee and a one year warranty. A three of four year warranty can be purchased separately.

Click Here To See Why More Than 200 People Like The Bosch JS470E

 

 

 

See Also:

Bosch JS470E Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comparison Tables For Scroll Saws & Dust Masks

Comparison tables are a great visual way to quickly compare items that you are interested in.

The Comparison Table For Dust Masks here has proved popular:

Dust MaskEffectivenessCustomer RatingCustomer ReviewsBuy On Amazon
3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with ValveExtremely effective at keeping small particles out and does not fog goggles because of the respirator.AAA3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve, 10-Pack
3M(TM) Half Facepiece Respirator Very effective, helps you breath clean air.AAA3M(TM) Half Facepiece Respirator
Comfy Mask - Elastic Strap Dust Mask Popular Because it is so light. Can also be used for gardening, grass cutting etc.AAAComfy Mask - Elastic Strap Dust Mask
Dust Bee Gone MaskPopular with users because it is very comfortable and can be cleaned and reused many timesAALARGE DUST BEE GONE MASK

This comparison table for the best scroll saws from the user’s point of view is also helpful:

Scroll SawDimensions
And Throat Depth
Customer ReviewsBuy On Amazon
Dewalt DW 788 20 Inch29.5 x 19.5 x 12.1 inches.
65.6 pounds.
Throat depth 20 Inch.
DEWALT DW788 20 Inch Scroll Saw
HEGNER 22 InchDimensions not mentioned.
Weight 72 pounds
Comes With Stand.
Throat Depth 22 Inch.
HEGNER 22" Scroll Saw
Excalibur Scroll Saw 16 inch 31.5 x 19.2 x 19.2 inches.
Weight 64.5 pounds.
Throat Depth 16 Inch
Excalibur Scroll Saw 16 inch
Delta Power Tools 40-694 20 In30 x 20 x 13 inches.
Weight 60 pounds.
Throat Depth 20 Inch.
Delta Power Tools 40-694 20 In. Scroll Saw
WEN 3920 16-inch 24 x 11 x 13 inches.
26.9 pounds.
Throat Depth 16 Inch
WEN 3920 16-inch Scroll Saw With Flexible LED Light
Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch 26.4 x 15.9 x 12.8 inches.
35.3 pounds.
Throat Depth 16 Inch
Shop Fox W1713 16-Inch Scroll Saw
Central Machinery 16-Inch24 x 11 x 14 inches.
Weight 25 pounds.
Throat Depth 16 Inch
16in Scroll Saw
Rockwell RK7315 16-Inch26 x 16 x 26 inches.
Weight 28.9 pounds.
Throat Depth 16 Inch
Rockwell RK7315 16-Inch Scroll Saw
Proxxon 37090 DSH/E
16 Inch
24 x 15 x 13.3 inches
Weight 38.5 pounds
Throat Depth 16 Inch
Proxxon 37090 DSH/E Scroll Saw
Dremel MS20-01 10-Inch18.5 x 14.5 x 4.8 inches.
Weight 4.7 pounds.
Throat Depth 10 Inch
Dremel MS20-01 Moto-Saw Compact Scroll Saw Kit

Here is a comparison table for scroll saws under $150:

Scroll SawDimensionsCustomer RatingCustomer ReviewsBuy On Amazon
WEN 3920 16" Scroll Saw24 x 11 x 13 inches
26.9 pounds
2 Year Guarantee
AAAWEN 3920
Proxon 37088 Scroll Saw13.3 x 8.6 x 5 inches
7.4 pounds
AAProxxon 37088 Scroll Saw
General International
Power Products Scroll Saw
15 x 12 x 13 inches
24 pounds
AAGeneral Intl. Power Products 16" Scroll Saw
16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw24 x 11 x 14 inches
25 pounds

AAA16 in.Scroll Saw from TNM
Ryobi 16 " Corded Scroll Saw27.1 pounds
26 x 14 x 13 inches
AAARyobi 16 in. Corded Scroll Saw

See Also:

Overcoming The Of Fogging Glasses With Dust Masks

 

 

Best Scrollsaws Homepage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black & Decker Workmate Swivel Grip Peg 4-Pack Review

Black & Decker Workmate Swivel Grip Peg 4-Pack Review

This is useful for holding your work in place on a Black & Decker Workmate Work Bench. 

Click Here To See Why 332 People Like This Product

It is compatible with all Workmate models and is easy to use. 

Particularly useful for those difficult and unusual shaped pieces that a conventional vice etc. won’t hold.

Enables you to be more versatile with your hand tools and get more out of them and they are a lot cheaper than alternatives such as Festool bench dogs that can cost over $100. 

As they are made of plastic you can cut them to custom fit any project you are working on.

Click Here To See Why 332 People Like This Product

 

 

 

 

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Bosch T5002 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank JigSaw Blade Set Review

Bosch T5002 10-Piece Assorted T-Shank JigSaw Blade Set Review

These are the most popular Jigsaw blades on Amazon

People that own jigsaws that are not even made by Bosch have found that their work has improved immensely since they have started using these blades. 

They are compatible with most other makes of jigsaw other than Bosch. 

They are much stronger and last longer than a lot of other makes. 

Each set of ten blades has two of each size: 

There are All Purpose blades that cut through thin and thick material quickly. 

Speciality blades that make precision cuts in glass ceramic tile, cement board, cardboard and more.

 

Blades for wood for tear-free cutting of wood. 

Blades for metal great cutting speed and very durable. 

Blades for plastic enabling clean finish cuts in plastic and PVC. 

They cut through hard wood and even plastic with ease. 

Click here to see why 278 people like these jigsaw blades

See Also:

Bosch JS470e Top Handle Jigsaw Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bosch js470e Top Handle Jigsaw Review

Bosch JS470e Top Handle Jigsaw Review

Jigsaws are popular as they can cut curves and even holes with great precision.

A scrollsaw can cut more detailed curves and tighter angles but the advantage with a jigsaw is that you can move it around more easily as it is not fixed.

Jigsaws usually come with variable speed settings.  This allows you to slow the speed down and avoid burning.

Jigsaws are amongst the safest of electrical saws as the blade is beneath the wood and so your fingers are out of the way.

The bosch js470e jigsaw has a powerful 7 amp motor that enables you to cut through wood and even aluminium.

This tool is made is Switzerland renowned for its quality of workmanship.

You can also bevel up to 45 degrees which is helpful if you want to chamfer edges of wood.

This also comes with a handy plastic overshoe so that you can protect surfaces.

Internal precision control is designed to keep vibration very low.

It weighs about eleven pounds and has a twelve foot cable, that gives you plenty of room for maneuvering.

People like it because it is powerful and allows you to cut in a straight line with ease.

Click Here To See Why Over 200 People Like This Jigsaw

With jigsaws as the bottom of the blade is not secured it is easy to break them, so it is important to have Good Quality Jigsaw Blades

See Also:

Bosch T5002 10 Piece Assorted T Shank Jigsaw Blade Set Review

Bosch JS470e Top Handle Jigsaw – Some Of Your Questions Answered

For more on the jigsaw please see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigsaw_(power_tool)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why 1453 People Like the 3M N95 Respirator With Valve

Why 1453 People Like the 3M N95 Respirator With Valve

Keeping dust out of your nose and respiratory system is important at all times and especially when you are using your scroll saw.

This respirator is very adaptable that can be used in many different scenarios.

Here are some reasons people like this respirator:

Excellent from DIY and woodworking, to travelling abroad where the air quality can be poor such as Beijing.

• The valve stops glasses from fogging up
• Keeps pollen out whilst you can walk for hours without suffering from hay fever.
• 10 Per Pack
• Each mask can be usually be used several times depending on the nature of the work you are doing or how polluted the area.

 

This is the best selling respirator in the “Safety Respirators” section on Amazon.

Click Here To See More Reasons 1453 People Like The 3M N95 Respirator With Valve

 

See Also:

Dust Mask Comparison Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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