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Scroll Sawing Tips
Perform intricate power sanding with your Scrollsaw or Jigsaw.
Trim an ordinary fingernail emery board to the approximate width of your Scrollsaw or Jigsaw blade and glue it to the side of the blade with epoxy.
Improving the cutting efficiency of sabre saw blades.
Since most sabre saw blades are merely stamped out of flat metal stock and not sharpened, their splinter-free cutting properties can usually be improved dramatically by taking a few brief minutes to sharpen their teeth with a small file prior to use.
Improved control when cutting thin stock
Because the new scroll saws cut so quickly, you can easily ruin a thin workpiece (1/8" thick or less) before you know it by losing your concentration and ZOOMING past your intended stopping point! If you're making several copies of the same piece, just use the pad sawing technique to cut a stack of pieces at the same time for improved control. However, if you only need one piece, try double-stick taping or rubber-cementing your workpiece to the top of a piece of 1/2" pine (or other scrap). In either case, increasing the thickness of your workpiece will make a big difference.
Extending the usable life of dull scrollsaw blades
Most people cut primarily thin stock on their scrollsaws. As a result, the majority of the blade wear is restricted to a small area ... only as long as your scrollsaw's stroke. But, by attaching a piece of 3/4" plywood (or similar material) over the top of your scrollsaw's table, you'll effectively move your cutting position to a different location, where the blade is new and sharp.
Convenient Blade Storage
Scroll Saw & Jigsaw blades can be conveniently stored in short lengths of small diameter PVC pipe. Seal one end with a PVC cap and the other with a removable cork. Use a marker to write blade sizes, etc. on the outsides of your pipes.
Make-it-yourself keyhole saw
Just grind down the back side of an old hacksaw blade and wrap the remainder with friction tape or duct tape to make a "handle".
Make an indexing head from a worn-out saw blade
The next time you need an indexing head for a reeding, fluting or similar operation, just use an old sawblade with evenly spaced teeth. Attach the blade firmly to one end of your workpiece, along with a shop-made pointer of some sort that will touch the edge of a tooth when rotated. Count the number of teeth on your blade and divide that number by 360 to determine how many degrees per tooth. For example, a 40-tooth blade equals 9 degrees per tooth.