Though you might already own this machine, you might be wondering, what’s the best wood for a scroll saw? This is a great question and one would certainly be thinking of this in any guide detailing this machine. The best wood that can be used here would be answering several very important questions about this major instrument itself. So, let us get started, shall we?
First, scroll saw blades come in several different types. There are the MDF types that make the blades stiffer. These are not exactly true wood but are more like plastic or rubber. The advantage of having such blades is that they are easier to work with since they do not warp too much even after extended use. However, the disadvantage is that the blade would be prone to breakage.
Second, there are scroll saw patterns that are cut by using crosscut blades. The usual way of doing this is to make a pass across the blade and then cut it once you reach the other side. When making a crosscut pattern, the angle of the cut has to be just right so that the result is as straight as possible. When you have used such types of scroll saw patterns, it’s best to use an MDF surface to help maintain the straightness of the pattern while you are still working on the motor.
Third, there are also other materials that can be used as scroll saw patterns. One example is switching from a hardwood blade to a softwood blade. A soft wood such as pine might be more appropriate for cutting hard materials such as laminates. But for woodworking enthusiasts, softwoods are the best because they are easy to work with during fine or intricate scroll work. Also, they are not as expensive as hardwoods and will usually come in affordable hardwood varieties.
Fourth, it’s important to make sure that the saw blade is sharp when you are cutting with a scroll saw. Dull blades won’t make for smooth cuts no matter how carefully you make them. It is best to sharpen the blade before you start using the scroll saw to make sure that it is sharp enough to get the best results. Remember, though, to sharpen the blade by making sure that it is at its proper filet.
Fifth, there are scroll saw art patterns that are specially made for cutting various kinds of hard objects. The two most common hard wearing patterns are flat and ribbed. Most woodworkers who are just starting to learn how to make scroll patterns also prefer flat cuts. But since a flat cut makes for nice straight lines, it is a good idea to practice cutting ribbons and flowers as well as other softer items in order to achieve good quality. This will also ensure that you get good quality cuts on the heavier items.
Sixth, there are two different types of wood that you should use when making scroll saw art patterns. The soft woods that are used for making scroll patterns include pine wood and ash wood. Hard wood on the other hand contains a higher moisture content and is preferred when cutting heavier items such as plates and bowls. Another option you have is a mixture of both hard and soft woods. This will produce a scroll that has a medium hardness but a medium density.
Seventh, there are two types of wood that can be used when making scroll saw art patterns. One is generally lower in density and harder than the other. The other is a high density harder wood but softer than the first one. Whichever you use, you should remember that the harder the wood, the more even the grains will be in the pattern. The softer the wood, the more uneven the grains will be in the pattern.