Some people may say it is the ideal machine for woodworking. But, they are a bit hard on machines and they tend to break down over time. So, to save on repair costs and keep your machine running, you should take care of your scroll saw pattern and sharpen it regularly.
First things first, you should check your saw for any cracks or damaged areas. If you find any, they need to be rubbed out and leveled before you do any woodworking. The reason is because you need these areas to fit together perfectly when you make the cut. If you use a metal scroll saw that has a cracked or chipped edge, then the woodworking project you are about to start will most likely become a disaster.
Another step you can take to maintain your scroll saw pattern is to clean the saw and the area around it every few weeks. This will prevent dust and dirt from getting inside the motor and clogging it up. When you vacuum the area, make sure you use a brush attachment with very soft bristles. Use the right kind of brush to avoid scratches to the motor.
As you learn how to use your scroll saw pattern, you should also learn how to sharpen it properly. If you do not know what this is, then you should read up on the topic. The easiest way to sharpen your saw is by using a wood grinder. However, some of you may be uncomfortable with this, as it sounds loud and may seem like a cumbersome tool. However, if you have the right one, then you will be able to cut right into the grain of your wood and remove any of the irregularities. This will make cutting your project easier.
You should also make sure that you protect your scroll saw pattern from the elements. Most woodworkers find that it is best to store their saws outdoors, although I know of a few woodworkers that keep their saws indoors at all times. Having a storage unit outdoors will help protect your wood from rain and snow. If your wood is exposed to rain, then the acid in the rain will eat at your wood and cause the color to fade, making your wood look ugly.
You should protect your scroll saw pattern from moisture as well. This is especially true when you are cutting hard materials such as cedar or pine. These materials can warp and burn if they get wet. You can cover your saw with a plastic protective shield, but I would not suggest doing so outdoors. Also, avoid letting your saw get too hot. Just use it when you need it, and turn off the fan while you are working.
If you have purchased one of the more expensive woodworking machines, you may want to consider using compressed air to clean your machine. This is true of all scroll saw patterns, and of the circular saw as well. You can simply take out all the dust and compressed air and blow away the excess. If you have ever seen a dusty old telephone number on a coffee cup or refrigerator door, then you know why compressed air is perfect for cleaning up the dust.
If your saw starts to cut sloppy circles, then you are probably experiencing a build up of dust. You can clean up the dust by spraying the entire saw with compressed air. A good air filter is essential in keeping your saw clean. You should also change the oil in your scroll saw pattern on a regular basis, since the oil lubricates the moving parts, making them run more smoothly and effectively.