Scroll Saw Safety Rules
A scrollsaw is probably one of the safest tools we buy, but still
there are a few cautionary steps we should take!
Hold Down clamp:
I know, it was the first thing you removed from the scrollsaw, but
remember it does serve a purpose. It is recommended that you leave
it in place and lower it down as close to the wood as possible.
It does help in holding down your work. We understand that often
it is more in the way then of real help, especially on small project,
but that being said, recognize that it is also a great guard in
making sure you don't slip your fingers into the blade, sooooo .....
if you do remove it (which you shouldn't), make sure you recognize
the extra care you must take, as you push your scroll wood through
Scroll Wood Selection:
Always use flat bottomed wood unless it is mounted in an appropriate
jig. Cupped material will bind and be much more likely to snap the
blade prematurely, putting your fingers in harms way.
Always make sure the scroll saw is unplugged BEFORE attempting to
change the blade. Install the blade with the teeth facing down!
Use the best scroll saw
blades for the job.. one with too few teeth in relationship
to the thickness of the wood will jump around and offer little control.
Use a stick (you should have lots) to clear the path of the blade
when creating small cuts off.
Cleaning the Machine:
Always make sure the scroll saw is unplugged BEFORE removing the
covers and blowing the dust out of the wheels.
In situations where the pattern asks for either a tight inside or
outside cut it is always safer to make relief cuts before you start.
Cut just before the pattern line, to avoid a notch in the finished
path. This will allow you to break away wood as you go along and
prevent binding the scroll saw blade..another in the list of good
scroll saw safety rules to practice.
Cutting Small Pieces:
When scrolling small pieces of wood, use rubber cement or hot melt
glue to attach your wood to a piece of cardboard or thin plywood
to allow you to cut without getting excessively close to the blade.
The rubber cement is usually relatively easy to break the bond when
you're done. It may take a little longer but fingers are irreplaceable
OK this is scroll saw 101 and I hope it is obvious. In all woodworking,
you run the risk of dust or chips or particularly small knots flying
out of the machine. Safety glasses are an essential tool in protecting
your vision. Use them even when using a small tools like a scroll
Again, this is a given in any woodworking environment. Don't wear
any loose clothing that may get caught in the travel arm of the
saw. Tie back long hair. Watch for jewelry. Use common sense.
Be aware of any special consideration for every type of wood, scroll
wood or otherwise. Scrollsaws generate very fine dust. If your immune
system is sensitive, various wood dusts can cause a skin and/or
lung allergic reaction. We have a number of customers, with severe
allergies to red cedar dust, so bad that they must leave our store
if a new load of cedar has been brought inside. If you fit into
this category, work in short spurts and wear a good dust mask. Use
an air filtration system in your shop. Keep the floor vacuumed up
as much as possible so any new movement in the air flow, will have
little dust to move around.
For further information check out our page on wood
BE SAFE and use this information as a general guideline for use
of a Scroll Saw. Safety Rules serve a purpose and save fingers!