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Scroll saw with blade safety guardScroll saws are useful for precision-cutting intricate curves and patterns on thin stock. They have thin blades that move rapidly up and down through the opening in the saw table. The blade is held in upper and lower chucks that pull it tight and keep it from bending. A hold-down adjusts to the thickness of the wood being cut.

Scroll saws are generally not considered to be as dangerous as other saws; however, contact at the point of operation can cause hand and finger injuries. Contact with the blade can also occur below the table. All portions of the blade must be guarded.



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Potential Hazard: Possible Solutions:

Engineering Controls
  • Guard the blade with an adjustable or self-adjusting guard.

  • Guard the portion of the blade below the table.
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Potential Hazard:
  • Flying chips - Wood chips and splinters may be thrown by the cutting action.
Possible Solutions:

Engineering Controls
  • Guard the blade with an adjustable or self-adjusting guard.
Work Practices
  • Make turns slowly; do not make sharp turns with a wide blade; use a narrow blade for sharp turns.
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