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ways, the scroll saw is the ultimate piece of equipment for
fancy woodworking. It can make straight or very
complex curved cuts in a variety of materials including hard
or soft woods, plastics, non-ferrous metals, ivory and mother-of-pearl.
It's also one of the only machines which can make piercing
cuts--like a donut hole-in the center of a workpiece.
capabilities make the scroll saw ideal for cutting intricate
scrollwork or making tiny models and miniatures. It's perfect
for inlay, marquetry (inlaid veneer) and intarsia (wood mosaic).
And with the proper blade installed, it even cuts finely enough
for ornamentation or jewelry making.
are confused about the difference between a jigsaw and a scroll
saw because the terms are often used almost interchangeably.
In fact, the scroll saw can do just about anything a jigsaw
can do, but it does it better! That's because of differences
in the way the two machines operate.
jigsaw powers the blade down through the cut and uses a spring
to pull it back up. Since the spring is seldom fast enough
to keep pace with the lower power cylinder, the blade tends
to bend in the middle which produces a rough cut and leads
to premature blade breakage.
scroll saw, however, the blade is suspended between two parallel
arms. These arms move up and down with the blade, so the blade
is under constant tension during both the up and down stroke.
This reduces blade bending and breakage-and the slight forward
and backward motion of the blade allows the teeth to cut smoothly,
so sanding is often completely unnecessary.
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