If you are a member of the staff that works in the crafts department at your local home improvement center or woodworking shop, or even if you just happen to own a scroll saw of your own, there is a very good chance that you have come across some scroll saw patterns. No matter if you have not seen a saw in many years or if you are new to woodworking, the chances are good that you will be able to recognize the basic design and features of a scroll saw. If you can recognize them at all, the chances are even greater that you will know how to use a dremel in particular.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when learning how to use a Dremel as a scroll saw is to make sure the scroll saw blade is actually straight and not at an angle. It may seem very easy to adjust the height of the blades but many scroll saws actually have an option to lock the blades. Some scroll saws will release a bar if they are crooked. If you find the bar is in place, it can be turned to the right or left to loosen it so it will fall freely.
There are two ways to adjust the height of the scroll saw blade. The first way is to stand directly under the scroll saw as it spins. By grabbing the scroll up tight against the table, it can be seen that the blade is slightly off line. By raising the scroll a few degrees, it will be much more precise and you will be able to make straight cuts.
Another important tip on how to use a dremel as a scroll saw is to always hold the scroll saw with both hands while running it. This helps to minimize the chance that you will cut yourself while your saw is in use. Most of the commercially available scroll saws come with separate left and right handles but if they do not you can easily purchase a clasp to use on both sides. You also want to remember to always hold the scroll saw in your non-dominant hand. This will take some getting used to but it will make the whole process much easier.
One more thing to keep in mind on how to use a dremel as a scroll saw is to make sure the teeth are straight and at an angle. Some scroll saws have teeth that are extremely curved which can catch your fingers when you are running them. Since a scroll saw runs very close to the surface, it is especially important that the teeth are straight. If they are not they can catch on things and cause a lot of damage. Just make sure you pay attention to this important detail when learning how to use a dremel as a scroll saw.
The last tip on how to use a dremel as a scroll saw is to remember to have plenty of patience. As you can imagine learning how to use a dremel is not always easy so make sure you are not frustrated by anything when you are just starting out. It may take some time but you will get the hang of using one of these small power tools. I have personally learned how to use a dremel by reading a number of books. The one I would highly recommend is “How to Buy, Use and Maintenance a DeWalt Dremel, scroll saw, router metal blade and more” by Rich Dorman.