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01-04-2021 12:15 AM

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I’ve owned and used many tools. However I never used a scroll saw so my question could sound weird to those experienced with the tool.

In case I need to cut a perfect square out of a piece of plywood, does any scroll saw come with a fence and/or miter gauge? I looked at several models, but none seem to offer these accessories. Are there after market sources? (I do get that much scrolling is freehand, but sometimes I need to cut precise lines and angles).

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#1 posted 01-04-2021 01:33 AM

My 2 cents…. If you need a perfect square, precise lines or angles on the outer edge(s) use a different saw. A table saw, table saw with mitered sled and miter saw come to mind then go back and do your scroll work. It’s possible for a person who is very good with the scroll saw could do it? I’m not that person so I would make it easy for myself.

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#2 posted 01-04-2021 01:38 AM

Yeah its the same as with hand saws. You don’t want to use a coping saw to cut a straight line.

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#3 posted 01-04-2021 01:41 AM

How large is the square?

A jigsaw can cut out an opening in a board. It also can be used with a straight edge to get a clean, straight cut.

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#4 posted 01-04-2021 01:51 AM

scroll saws are not what you wanna use for perfection,just consider the blade itself,theres no way keep it on a straight line,just why you wont find a miter gauge or fence on them,their made for cutting out intricate rich said use a jigsaw.

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#5 posted 01-04-2021 02:06 AM

How large is the square?

A jigsaw can cut out an opening in a board. It also can be used with a straight edge to get a clean, straight cut.

- Rich

In this case I was looking at a 3×3” cutout. For another project it was a 5” diamond shape. And since I was looking to purchase a scrollsaw, I asked myself why not use the scroll saw to cut these. Anyway, I do understand that’s not how the market for these tools developed.

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#6 posted 01-04-2021 07:57 AM

On the other side of the question, I use my scroll saw to cut straight lines all the time. Scroll saws can cut perfectly straight lines – if you know how to handle them. Just like a band saw, scroll saws (specifically the blades) often have some drift. But if you can cut a straight line with a band saw, you can cut one with a scroll saw. You don’t need a fence. All you need is good vision and hand-eye coordination.

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#7 posted 01-04-2021 02:00 PM

Rough cut first. Then a router with a template or router table along fence with stop blocks, then just clean up the corners.

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#8 posted 01-04-2021 02:41 PM

Just to add to what Russel Hayes said—-you can also use files/rasps to true up a square opening that small after cutting with the scroll saw. I have also scribed lines to the appropriate dimension and used chisels to true everything up by placing the chisel in the scribe line. The same as truing up a hinge mortice or a through mortice.

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