Tools for Beginners

Product Review: The Best Beginner Saw

Product Review: The Best Beginner Saw

We broke blades, burned wood, and said a few bad words. But we still think this scroll saw is the best on the market in the under $200 category By Jon Deck, Bob Duncan, Mindy Kinsey, and Kaylee Schofield Widely available, reasonably priced, and tricked out with a stand and […]

Sanders for Scrollers

Sanders for Scrollers

Basic tools to create smooth wood by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 54 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. When you work with wood, chances are good that you’re going to need to do some sanding. In general, any sander you use on a woodworking project will […]

Respirators and Dust Masks

Respirators and Dust Masks

Wear a mask to prevent illness and disease caused by dust by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 53 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Cutting and sanding scroll saw projects produces a lot of dust. In addition to posing a fire hazard, dust can cause health problems […]

Workshop Dust Collection

Workshop Dust Collection

by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 46 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. The tools used to create most wooden projects make dust. The scroll saw makes fine sawdust. Sanders make even finer sanding dust. Routers, band saws, and table saws all create dust. None of it […]

by September 27, 2017 Get Started Scrolling, Tools for Beginners
Blades

Blades

Always pick the right blade for your project   Choosing the Right Teeth Use skip tooth blades when you need a fast cut and are not concerned about splintering on the bottom. Use reverse-tooth blades when you need a relatively fast cut that leaves a smoother surface on the bottom. […]

Choosing the Right Blade

Choosing the Right Blade

Simple guidelines for matching the blade to the pattern and wood by Bob Duncan You can feel your blood pressure rising as the blades keep snapping while you cut. It’s equally frustrating when you try to make tight turns in a small fret, but the blade won’t turn fast enough. […]

by September 6, 2017 Get Started Scrolling, Tools for Beginners
Never Fail Blade Chart

Never Fail Blade Chart

Suffering blade bewilderment? Use this chart to choose the right blade every time! Choosing the right blade can make the difference between smooth, easy cutting and a ragged, poorly cut mess. But there are lots of different types of projects plus tons of blades on the market, multiplied by infinite wood possibilities. How do you choose […]

by April 19, 2013 Shop Tips, Tools for Beginners
2013 Scroll Saw Buyer’s Guide

2013 Scroll Saw Buyer’s Guide

An updated guide to today’s most popular scroll saws Scroll saws vary in price almost as much as they vary in features. The most inexpensive models cost about $100, while the most expensive can cost $2,000 or more. Choosing the right saw depends on what you expect to get out […]

by January 3, 2013 Product Reviews, Tools for Beginners