So you are the proud owner of a new scroll saw. Welcome to the club ! Soon just about any drawing you see you'll be asking yourself,
"How can I cut that?"
Our intention here is to provide a starting point in using your scrollsaw. In time, as you become familiar with your new tool, you will develop your own techniques and preferences. We're here to get you started down that road.
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Care for your Saw
Above all else, follow the manufacturers recommendations for maintenance. By the best oils, greases and cleaners to do the preventative maintenance that is called for in your owners manual. Also, if the manual doesn't recommend it I will here. Buy some good furniture grade paste wax, some china bristle brushes, and a bulb (like for sucking boogers out of infants noses). These extras will make clean-up and maintenance a lot easier. The brushes make dusting off the saw dust easier and the bulb lets you blown out those tough to reach areas without hyperventilating or inhaling a fistful of sawdust. A few extra dollars now will save dollars and frustration in the future. Proper care will also allow your saw to retain more value for when you decide to "trade up".
Treat the table of your scroll saw with the same care and respect you would for that fine dining room table or coffee table. Do not,
- set liquids on it
- drop tools on it
- scratch it with nails (more on that later)
- use abrasives on it (i.e. sandpaper)(usually)
One of the first things you should do is wax your table. Use that paste wax I told you to buy and put a very thin coating on the table. Let it dry, then buff it out real good. Too much wax and you'll end up having it rub off on your projects which can make it difficult to finish later. You will get a feel for when it needs waxing again. The workpiece doesn't slide quite as easily as before; you will be able to feel the drag when it needs it and you will notice the difference after waxing. Also if you have a cast iron or aluminum table it will help inhibit oxidation.
If you should scratch the table with nails (more on that later) or drop something on it and ding it you will want to clean the table up. This can be with a finish sander with fine sandpaper (180 or higher) or with a sanding block ( a block of flat metal with the sandpaper wrapped around it). Which ever method you use the idea is to use finesse. You DO NOT want to attack the scratch or ding directly, excessive force directly applied will leave a hollow on the table. Do it often enough and you won't have a flat surface anymore. Apply ever so slight pressure to the entire area around and including the ding. Stop as soon as you can no longer feel a raised area with your fingernail. Immediately apply a protective coating of wax.
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