A scroll saw is a power tool with a small blade capable of cutting intricate shapes, including inside cuts. Even though your fingers get quite close to the blade, it’s pretty easy to control the wood. I have been scrolling for a year and a half and have had no accidents.
I use it for making name signs and holiday signs, plus other decor.
I mostly cut ¼ inch MDF. It’s easy to cut, isn’t expensive and can be primed and painted any color.
- Dewalt Scroll Saw (this is the one I use, but you can also check around to see if you can find a used one locally to try out a bit to make sure you like it. But there is a difference between cheap saws and more expensive ones.)
- Reverse tooth blades – most teeth point down, but a few at the bottom point up, making the backside of the cutouts cleaner.
- Sandpaper 240
- Primer this is the kind I get – but you’ll find it cheaper at the hardware store.
- Spray paint or brush paint
- Face mask – don’t want to be breathing in that dust!
- Safety glasses – you only have one pair of eyes.
I’m working on some more detailed info in beginner posts, so if you have questions, be sure to let me know so I can include answers!