Like many power tools, scroll saw blades are designed for easy, circular cuts that cut wood both accurately and quickly. Unlike other power tools, scroll saw blades are usually the best choice for creating intricate woodworking patterns, intricate floral images, woodturning patterns, or beveled edges on a variety of projects. The main advantage of scroll saw blades is that they are so versatile, they can cut almost any kind of wood. A scroll saw blade is designed especially for cutting small patterns and it has a deep, rounded “V” shaped slot that holds the blade in place and a large number of teeth to cut various woodworking sizes.
The basic design of most scroll saw blades is a single V-shaped slot that runs the length of the blade. In addition to being deep, the slot is wide enough to hold an unsharpened edge and a small but strong bevel. The slot runs up the inside of the blade as well as along the outside edge of the blade. When you’re cutting with a scroll saw, it’s important that you have a clean, dry cutting surface. The outside edge should be completely clean and free of all debris, because a smooth, wet cutting surface will prevent cleanliness and even wear of the wood you’re cutting on.
Many scroll saws come with a standard blade, which fits the general make and model of the saw. However, there are a number of different models of scroll saws on the market today and finding the best one for your unique woodworking project requires some careful shopping. For example, the cheapest scroll saws usually won’t hold up to very aggressive use and can’t cut wood as quickly as more expensive saws. Some scroll saw models also have replaceable blades, while other models are fixed. To help you decide which blade is right for your project, here are a few features to look for.
Most scroll saw blades have tapered edges, which cut the wood at a 45-degree angle. This ensures that the cuts are clean, even and very accurate. These edges make it possible for the blade to catch the wood as it cuts and result in clean, even cuts with little wasted material.
Intarsia designs involve creating a pattern using various teeth cutting shapes. To achieve the best results, it’s important that the saw blades you use have flat teeth that cut the wood with a smooth and consistent pattern line. The flat teeth are also parallel to the pattern line, so when the teeth are set into the wood at an angle, the pattern line is perfectly even. When the teeth are set perpendicular to the pattern line, the result can be very uneven and not nearly as clean as with flat teeth cutting in a uniform direction.
The best scroll saw blades for intarsia will have large teeth that are square to rectangular. The flat top of the blade can catch the wood as it cuts and create a clean finish that looks great when cut. They’re also ideal because they’re easier to see when the saw is in use. Some models will have additional tools on the end that allows it to cut crosscutting, which cuts the wood at angles to the other side. You’ll need these when you want to make long cuts, as in the case of making a picture frame or a canopy. However, the angle of the blade and the length of the crosscutting teeth can make it difficult to see when the saw is in use, so this feature may not be worth the extra investment.
Some scroll saw blades for intarsia can also come with angled teeth. This can make it easier to achieve a clean cut on very large pieces of wood or on tapered boards. It can also be useful when the wood you’re cutting isn’t straight but close to straight. As the angle of the saw’s cutting edge is still square to the piece being cut, you can more easily use a more narrow cut angle and still get a clean finish.
For something more compact and portable, consider investing in a cordless dremel scroll saw. Many cordless saws come with rechargeable batteries, allowing you to have continuous work even when your home or office is on the blink. With scroll saw blades for intarsia, you can create intricate curves on light stock without having to worry about the difficulty of using a standard straight blade. The result is a beautiful piece of wood that has been cut precisely and professionally. When you’re done, you’ll be left with a piece of wood that feels more like wood itself than plastic or metal.