Scroll Saw (jig Saw)


1. Proper eye protection must be worn when using the Scroll Saw.
EXPLANATION: This protects the eyes from danger created by flying particles and accidental moves by others.

2. Get permission from the teacher each time before using the Scroll Saw.
EXPLANATION: This creates order and keeps unqualified students from operating power tools.

3.  Cut only stock with a flat surface on the bottom.
EXPLANATION: This will prevent the materials from rocking and twisting, witch can cause the blade to brake or your fingers to go into the blade and be severely cut.

4. Make adjustments only when the machine is at a complete stop.
EXPLANATION: This insures safety of the operator and can avoid damaging the machine.

5. Select the correct machine speed.
EXPLANATION: Improper speed for the thickness of the material and the size of blade may cause damage to the machine.

6. Make sure the saw blade is the proper size for the job and that the teeth are pointing DOWN.
EXPLANATION: This causes the saw to pull the material down against the table where it is supported.

7. Check blade for correct tension.
EXPLANATION: This prevents bending and breaking of the blade, and possible damage to the machine when the power is turned on.

8. Adjust hold-down foot so it rests lightly on the material to be cut.
EXPLANATION: This gives the blade the best support and helps keep the work from chattering.

9. Before turning on the power, turn the machine by hand to make sure all moving parts are clear.
EXPLANATION: This is to make certain that blade tension and all adjustments are correctly made before turning on the power.

10. Make sure that no one but you is inside the operator's safety zone.
EXPLANATION: This protects you from possible injury caused by crowding, bumping or distraction.

11. Hold stock firmly, being sure to keep fingers away from moving parts and out of the path of the blade.
EXPLANATION: If fingers are kept away and out of line with the blade, there is little danger of getting cut if you slip.

12. Push the material into the machine at a moderate rate of feed and pressure.
EXPLANATION: Too much pressure will cause undue chattering, early blade failure and increases the possibility of having an accident.

REFERENCES: Pictures and more information on jig saws can be obtained in these books:

General Woodworking, by Groneman, pp 168-170.
Exploring Woodworking, by Zimmerman, pp 36-38.
Cabinetmaking and Millwork, by Feirer, pp 351-359.
Advanced Woodwork and Furniture Making, by Feirer and Hutchings, pp 334-340.