Scroll Saw Safety By: Scott Scarbrough Ontario HS Woodshop Rev. 2-2010 The Scroll Saw is one of the safest power saws in the woodshop. Why is it Safer? The reason is that the blade is captured. You can back out of the cut, go forward and in circles without the blade coming off or causing a “Kick Back” Unlike other power saws that can only be used in one direction (forward, never Back) The Scroll Saw produces smoother cuts. Scroll Saws use a finer toothed blade, producing smoother cuts compared to other saws. Also: Finer toothed blades allow you to cut metal, plastic, wood and other materials Intarsia Project cut with the Scroll Saw Inlayed Veneer Antique French Table Scroll Saw Box Veneered Longhorn Table Scroll Saw Dragon Clock Patterns and Ideas Parts of the Scroll Saw Safety Rules 1) Round stock such as dowels and broom handles are not to be cut on the scroll saw unless you clamp the wood in a “V-Block” V-Block and Drill Vise 2) If the saw has a “Hold- down Foot”, it must be adjusted to just. rest on the work to hold it down, DUH If the saw has a blade guard it is to be adjusted to be just ABOVE the work. 3) Install the blade so that the blade teeth are pointing DOWN and that the blade clamps are tight. 4) If the blade is not kept under tension, it will break. * If the blade breaks: turn off the saw and notify the instructor. 5) Keep your fingers at least 3 inches away from the blade and do not line up your fingers with the blade, keep them to the sides. 6) Do not rush or force the work, let the blade do the work. Allow the blade to cool off between cuts. 7) The thickest material to cut on the scroll saw is 1 inch ( ¾” actual size.) stock. Do Not Forget To: 8) When done cutting, throw away your scraps , turn off the saw.