A scroll saw is a miniature electric or pedal-powered saw that is used to cut ornate, intricate patterns in wood, metal or other solid materials. The thickness of its blade enables it to cut much more intricately than even a standard power saw and even more easily than a tiny hand coping saw or fretting saw. These saws are sometimes also called scroll saws. They are ideal for detailed crafts such as furniture making, gun crafting, sheet metal work, etc. Some scroll saw patterns can be very difficult and time-consuming for even the most experienced woodworkers to achieve, and this is where the scroll saw machines come in.
A scroll saw has a blade (or teeth) that is adjustable so that the user can cut along both the top and bottom of a pattern, which makes it particularly useful for crosscutting large pieces of wood or metal. The teeth are generally made from brass, but may be made of steel or aluminum. Some scroll saws will have one or two teeth, while others will have as many as nine. The actual size and depth of the teeth will depend on the model of saw that you buy. Most scroll saw patterns will require that the teeth are slightly misaligned in order to create a deep cut, and some saws will make deeper cuts using only one tooth.
A typical scroll saw blade consists of a number of steel cutting teeth arranged in a vertical shape, with each tooth being perpendicular to the rest. On most scroll saw blades, the teeth are arranged in a straight line. However, certain designs will allow the teeth to be closer together and angled downward, which can make the scroll a more effective cut. In addition, some scroll saw patterns will require that the teeth are staggered, which narrows the tooth cut depth and increases the cutting efficiency.
One feature that some scroll saws will have is a trigger. This allows you to automatically increase the saw’s speed when the blade is placed in the appropriate position. Although this sounds convenient, it can sometimes be frustrating because it takes a little time to bring the saw to full speed. If you want to speed up the process, all you have to do is press down on the trigger, which disengages the blade. To manually increase the saw’s speed, you will either have to stop the motor to let the blade cool down, or adjust the trigger itself. Many scroll saws come with an adjustment wrench that allows you to fine-tune the trigger.
One of the main reasons scroll saws are used is because they can cut very deep and wide pieces of wood or metal. Some scroll saws will also have a depth option, which lets the scroll saw adjust the depth of the cut at different points on the scroll. Some scroll saws will also have an option for variable-speed motors, which allows the scroll saw to operate at different speeds depending on the job at hand. This can give the user more control and accuracy, but it can also be expensive to run these motors.
Another commonly used scroll saw is the band saw. Band saws use a sliding mechanism that allows the scroll to follow a path as the wood or metal is passed along. The band saw works in a similar fashion to a scroll saw, except the teeth of the scroll are in a line instead of a spiral pattern. Because of the different construction of band saws, some band saws will need a lot of maintenance to keep them running properly. A lot of scroll saws will need to have their teeth ground and filed, which can make the saw expensive to maintain. If you do not have this type of scroll saw, it may be more practical to pay the extra money and purchase a more reliable machine.
There are also hand held scroll saws that can be purchased for home use. These saws are much smaller than stand alone scroll saws, making them easier to transport and more portable. Handheld scroll saws will also typically be less expensive than their standalone counterparts. If you decide to purchase a handheld scroll saw, make sure that it is capable of cutting on both wood and metal.
There are many types of scroll saws available on the market today. The most important thing to consider when purchasing a scroll saw is what you will be using it for most. A large contractor may find it necessary to own several scroll saws in order to complete projects on a large scale. If you need a scroll saw for a small home project, it may be more cost effective to purchase a smaller saw that is not as powerful as the larger machines. No matter what type of scroll saw you purchase, you will find that it cuts much easier and faster than the traditional machine.