to Make Perfectly Straight Cuts Using a Scroll Saw
I am fairly obsessive about the quality of my work. Even though I
can cut an acceptably straight line with a scroll saw, it always bothered me
that the line was never perfectly straight.
I tried a few ways to improve the cut including making a fence, but they
were tedious to set up and ultimately didn't work.
For example, to cut a straight line, the work needs to be fed through the
blade at a slight angle to the blade due to the way the blades are milled.
The teeth have a set which requires the work to
be fed into the blade at an angle to the actual cut. Each blade requires a slightly different angle which made
setting up a fence difficult.
Eventually I tried this method and have had great success with it.
It does have its drawbacks unfortunately.
Most importantly, this cutting method can potentially
break the scroll saw blade and send pieces flying everywhere to include
penetration into parts of your body such as your eyes and skull or other. If you choose to attempt this you do so at
your own risk!
Always wear safety goggles whenever you use a scroll saw and especially when
using this technique.
The other hazard is that a scroll saw blade can cut stainless steel. I have ruined a couple of
rules using this method.