Scroll Sawing – Getting Started
Deciding Which Scroll Saw To Buy
The first step is to purchase a scroll saw. You don’t want to ‘penny pinch’ as that will effect the quality of your work.
Nowadays most models have an inbuilt light, dust collector and have variable speed as standard.
The only feature you can’t add on is a variable speed control, so you must choose a model with this feature.
Also look for a saw with a throat depth of 16″ +
There is a further choice you have to make…..do you opt for a saw which takes pin end blades or flat end blades.
A scroller with many years experience says a flat end blade is preferable for the following reasons….
On tight turns a pin end blade will break more easily
A pin end blade will not fit through the small holes you drill when you are cutting out pieces within the body of the workpiece
There is a larger range of flat end blades available
Review of the Best Scroll Saws
Best Value For Money
WEN 16″ Two direction, variable speed
accepts blades in two directions
variable speed, 400 to 1600 strokes a minute
16″ throat depth
cuts wood upto 2″ deep
cast iron base ensures stability
air pump, flexible light, dust port
accepts pinned or flat blades
price around $120
You can buy directly from the manufacturer at
Recommended Scroll Saw
Shop Fox 16″ Variable Speed
Variable speed 550 to 1600 strokes a minute
Maximum cutting width 18″
Cuts wood upto 2″ thick
Cast iron base ensures stability
Pin blades (Pinless adaptor available)
Table tilt 15 to 45 degrees
Flexible light, dust port
Available from Home Depot in US. Equivalent in the UK is a Clarke CSS400C available from Machine Mart.
Best of the Best
DeWalt 20″ Variable Speed
Rapid blade change feature
Reduced vibration and noise
Variable speed 400 to 1750 strokes per minute
Flexible dust blower
Available from Home Depot in the US, but it maybe difficult to source in the UK
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You know what they say……. ‘a picture paints a thousand words’, so take a look at these two videos…….in the first one Elysia shows you how to make two signs.
The second video, which is called ’10 Fun Scroll Saw Woodworking Projects’, has been made by Steve Carmichael.
It shows you how to make a clock stand, a beer bottle carrier, a hammer head shark, a basket, a phone stand, a tablet stand, a bi-plane, a laptop stand and a lamp.
As you can see from Alysia’s video it is essential to have a good source of stencils. Here are a few suggestions…..
Open Pinterest and search for ‘scroll saw patterns’ and you will find links to lots of free patterns.
Visit Amazon, eBay or similar sites and search for ‘scroll saw pattern books’. I will be listing the best books I can find in my next post.
Design your own stencils using software like Inkscape and Canva. Inkscape have an excellent series of tutorials which you can find here.
Look out for my next post which reviews stencil pattern books and examples of completed scroll saw projects.
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