Tips Before Investing in Scroll Saws
One of the things that you want to know before getting started with scrolling either as a job or hobby is the type of saw to get. No matter if you plan to buy your first scroll saw or wish to upgrade to a better model, there are several things that have to be taken into account.
As you read the next paragraphs, you will be learning valuable tips that can help you ensure that you’ll have a wise decision.
Blade holders and blade changing – pinless blades have a standard 5 inches size and the saw should accept it. There are a lot of scrollwork that couldn’t be done with saws which have pinned blades. While the pinned blades have few benefits, they have one drawback and that is the fact that it is impossible to cut any detail inside since you need to drill a big hole to get the pin of the blade through.
Apart from that, it is essential that you learn how difficult or easy it is to change the blade and what tool is needed to get it done. There are scroll saw projects that have hundreds of holes and what is meant by this is, you should remove one end of the blade from the holder and thread it through the wood. Once done, you will need to remount it to the holder.
Variable speed – regardless of the cost of the saw you are planning to buy, make it a point that it provides you with variable speed. Sometimes, you might want to slow down the blade’s speed to cut slower and then, you want to slow it down to prevent its blade burn the wood edges while you cut.
Vibration – vibration needs to be kept to the very least due to the fact that this is a big disturbance when performing cuts. Then again, some saws inherently vibrate mainly because of the design. As a matter of fact, this is mostly because of the cost of the saw. Fortunately, this issue can be easily dealt with by just mounting the saw to a stand. Sturdily mounted saw and heavier saws are reducing vibration.
Size specifications – most of the time, manufacturers list the maximum cutting thickness of saws. And due to the fact that this is always thicker than 2 inches, simply ignore it as you don’t want to cut thicker than that. If you think that you will be working on bigger projects down the road, then consider the throat’s depth. It is because the smaller throats might inhibit you from swinging pieces while you are cutting.