Machine Workshop (Room G24)
Level 03 - Machine Certification
A scroll saw allows small intricate shapes to be cut from thin sheet materials such as manufactured timber boards and plastic products. The saw operates by vibrating a thin sharp blade up and down very quickly allowing thin materials to be cut by pushing it through the blade.
Video of Operation
Health and Safety
- The scroll saw is a power tool that has the potential to cause serious injury if used incorrectly. Always exercise extreme caution when using the equipment. NEVER touch the blade or other moving parts during use. The blade can easily cut fingers and other body parts.
- Familiarise yourself with the emergency stop buttons on the machine. Always turn the machine off when not in use. NEVER leave the machine unattended while in use.
- Do not wear loose articles of clothing and/or jewelry when operating the scroll saw.
- Do not apply pressure towards the blade.
- Do not try to remove jammed pieces while machine is still running.
- Do not attempt to cut round or uneven objects.
- Do not look directly into the source of the laser light.
- Please see workshop staff if there are any issues with the machines operation. Please do not attempt to make any adjustments without prior approval.
- Prepare the workspace: Ensure work area is clear and that the scroll saw is secure. Check that the orange blade guard is fixed in place and that the blade’s teeth are pointing downwards.
- Cut material: Place the material on the scroll saw. Turn the saw on by flicking the switch on the back. Keep fingers clear clear to the side of the orange cutting guard and never in line with the blade. For very small work pieces, do not hold by hand. Use a jig or push stick to avoid finger entrapment.
- Shut down and Remove material: Turn the saw off using the switch at the back right of the machine. Wait until the blade comes to a complete stop. Remove the material and clear away any dust and offcuts from both the machine and floor.
- Don’t apply excessive force to the blade, take things slow as you will have more control and are less likely to damage the equipment.
- Materials such as dowel rods or tubing have a tendency to roll during a cut causing the blade to “bite.” To avoid this, always use a “V” block or clamp workpiece to a miter gauge.