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Posted on Equipment SAFETY tips: The Scroll Saw

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 08:14 PM

As with any power tool, quit using it when you’re tired or not focusing.

Even though the blade is tiny, it will still cut skin and cut it fast. It is a sharp power tool that needs to be respected.

Never try to grab the wood if the blade grabs it and bangs it up and down on the table—stop the saw first.

Even though I use a dead man foot switch, I turn the power off when I change blades. Call me anal, it doesn’t matter. I don’t want to accidentally turn the saw on with my foot when my fingers are at the blade.

Keep the table clear of any cut-offs or cut-outs. If you’re not using a zero-clearance insert, the tiny pieces of wood can get between the blade and the table and either fling themselves through the air, or they can mess up your cut.

Use adequate lighting. If you’re cutting for a long time, the lines seem to get blurry. Good lighting and even a good lighted magnifying lamp helps your accuracy on cutting on the line.

If it’s in your budget, try a dead man foot switch to turn the scrollsaw on and off. That way you can keep both hands on your wood to be able to control the wood better and safer.


-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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