Scroll saws are little marvels among woodworking tools, but the table you use impacts the device’s performance considerably. Let’s look at some design details you need to keep in mind.
Designing of Scroll Saw Table
The table has to be adjusted to the woodworker’s height when sitting or standing, depending on how they operate and the height of the chair they’re using. Comfort is the key and determining factor here. For any DIY project, be sure to map out the length of the vertical pieces according to your needs.
Some craftsmen prefer their scroll saw fixed to a flat surface for no slipping, and some prefer it to be tilted towards them to be able to work with better posture when sitting. Flat varieties are common. Tables with angled surfaces can be found also. Some more advanced models have adjustable angles. It’s important to figure out your preferred style before buying your table. If you are making it yourself, you likely have the option of changing the top surface however you like later, so make riser blocks so you can unscrew and replace them later when needed.
Tables have to be sturdy, as any wrong movement could ruin the delicate and intricate woodworking that scroll saws are used for. So when buying or crafting your own, be sure to test out the stability of the table with the heavy device placed on top. It must have multiple well-balanced legs designed to prevent the table from tipping over, especially when the material being worked on is harder to saw through like certain metals.
Certain designs have castors to serve as the rear legs. This allows for the stability provided at the front and mobility when you want to move the table around. Just lift the top part and roll the table to its storage space when you’re not using it to free up space or when relocating the equipment. If the castors have locking mechanisms, then it’s even better. It keeps the table from rocking and rolling on an uneven floor surface.
Some tables have storage shelf drawers, which is a good use of the space that is taken up by the table’s bulk. You can fit in related equipment like saw blades and accessories there. In another shelf drawer, you can fit it scraps and materials that are cut off so you can easily empty it later.
Sawing equipment is electric, unless if you have older manual models. This means that they have cords that can get in the way, especially when not in use or when they are being relocated. You don’t want to trip on it and cause the heavy machinery to tip over and crash. So look out for tables with cord winders attached to their backs. You can probably make that attachment and fix it to the table yourself if the table you bought doesn’t have it.
Round off the table’s corners if the table you bought doesn’t have soft edges. The less sharp corners you have around your work area, the better off you’ll be.
These seemingly minor details all make up a great table for everyday use. I hope this has helped know what to look for in a saw scroll table.