Getting the Most from a Scroll Saw
These versatile saws cut everything from abalone to zinc
Synopsis: A scroll saw is good for a lot more than making knickknacks for the county fair. Spider Johnson uses his to cut a wide range of materials. He explains what a scroll saw is and details five factors for making smooth, clean cuts. He also includes a detailed blade selection guide.
If you’re considering a scroll saw or if you already have one that sits unused and dust-covered in the corner of your shop, you’re missing out on an extremely versatile tool. A scroll saw is good for a lot more than making knickknacks for the county fair. It can handle fretwork, inlay and marquetry. Scroll saws cut a fine kerf with excellent control in a wide range of materials including wood (up to 2 in. thick), paper, metal, plastic, rubber, wax, leather, glass, ceramic tile, plastic laminate, bone and abalone.
Basically, a scroll saw is a motorized…