The Dremel 1800 scroll saw is considered by most model makers to the equally as important for intricate work as the original Dremel tool. The Dremel 1800 scroll saw is smaller than most scroll saws and is made to be used on wood less than 1-inch thick. The saw takes either pin end or straight end blades, but pin end blades are preferable. If you are accustomed to a full-size scroll saw, the Dremel 1800 will take some getting used to. Once mastered though, the machine has no rival in miniature saws.
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Things you need
- 1/2-inch-thick pine, 3-inches-by-3-inches
- Cordless drill
- Drill bit set
Set the Dremel 1800 scroll saw on a workbench or other firm surface. Release the quick release tension lever on the upper arm of the saw. Insert a 5-inch pin end blade into the saw seating the lower pin in the lower holder and the upper pin in the upper holder. Ensure that the teeth of the blade are facing the operator and pointing down. Turn the quick release lever clockwise until tension can be felt on the blade. Turn the quick release lever one additional turn and lock the quick release tension lever by flipping the lever down.
Plug in the scroll saw turn the "On/off" switch, located at the top front of the saw arm, to "On". Adjust the speed of the blade using the variable speed control knob located next to the "On/Off" switch
Use a 3-inch-by-3-inch piece of 1/2-inch-thick pine to practice cutting with the scroll saw. It is very important not to feed wood into the saw blade too fast or a broken blade may result.
Make an interior scroll cut by first drilling a hole using a cordless drill with a bit matching the size of the saw blade. Set the piece to be cut on the saw table, insert the blade into the hole in the wood and attach it to the scroll saw as described above. Turn on the saw and make the required cut. Turn off the saw, release the saw blade and remove both the wood piece and the saw blade from the saw table. Remove the blade from inside of the wood piece and reinsert it into the scroll saw.
Make a bevel cut by loosening the table lock knob in a counterclockwise direction and adjusting the angle of the saw table. Determine the degree of the bevel and tilt the table until the degree pointer aligns with the desired degree tilt on the degree scale of the tabletop. Turn on the saw, make the desired cut and turn off the saw.
Tips and warnings
- Blades will get dull and should be changed after about an hour of operation.
- Always wear eye protection when operating power tools.
- Always read and follow the manufacturer's safety instructions before operating any power tool
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