Scrollsaw Tips

Scroll sawing tips from our readers. If you have a tip you would like to share please email it to along with your name and we will add it to the list of tips.
  • When you sit at your saw relax and be comfortable.  If you feel your arms or back tensing up, take a break.
  • Your saw should be at a comfortable height where your elbows are at about 90 degree bend.
  • Ensure you have proper lighting above your saw and work piece.
  • Try and guide your work with your finger tips, not your arms or hands.
  • Concentrate on feeding your work straight into the blade. Watch your cutting line about 1/4" in front of the blade as you feed your work.  Any side movement will distort your cutting especially noticeable in thicker wood stock.
  • Ensure that your blade is tight.  If possible remove your hands from your work piece as you apply the blade tension, this will help ensure your blade is tight.  (Try this and watch your work piece move as the blade tension is applied.)  A loose blade will not track your lines and your cuts will not be a clean.  Listen to the sound of your saw as you are cutting, the sound will change when the blade tension loosens up.

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