Choosing and Using a Scroll Saw
Midrange models offer a wide range of capabilities
Synopsis: Scroll saws are not just for hobbyists who make fretwork, bookends, and knickknacks. Professional furniture maker Paul Schürch uses his to rough out dovetails, cut mortise-and-tenon templates, make furniture mock-ups, and for specialized inlay and marquetry cuts. In this product overview, he explains how to set up and use a scroll saw. He also reviews five midrange saws: The Delta 40-680, DeWalt DW788, Dremel 1800 Scroll Station, Grizzly G0537, and PS Wood Machines 21-in. saw.
The scroll saw holds extremely fine blades under tension, allowing it to do jobs that no other motorized saw can do. Unfortunately, many woodworkers think that a scroll saw is only for hobbyists who make fretwork, bookends, whirligigs, and knickknacks. As a professional furniture maker, I’ve found the machine much more useful than that, and I believe it makes a valuable addition to any woodworking shop.
I use a scroll saw to rough…