There are many commercial brands of finish that are labeled as food safe. These range from many products that are called anything from ‘salad bowl finishes’ to ‘butcher block oils’, etc. In reality, the vast amount of finishing products and oils are actually already food safe, as long as they are allowed to cure properly.
Many people cut scroll saw projects for selling at craft fairs and shows. Some more intricate fretwork patterns and portraits can take a great many hours of cutting to complete. In order to make more effective use of your time and make your hobby profitable, you can use stack cutting to cut multiples of a pattern at once.
I hope this article has provided you with enough information to allow you to make the best possible investment of your money so that you can start with or upgrade to a scroll saw that will provide you years of scrolling pleasure.
The depth of the throat however is something you may want to consider if you think you will be cutting very large projects. A small throat will limit how big of a piece you can swing around on the table while you cut. For many this is not a very big deal since it is somewhat difficult and unpleasant to swing around a big piece of wood on a scroll saw. This limit can also be circumvented by the use of spiral blades which don’t require the work to be rotated at all.
Table size should also be considered since it is very difficult to work on a project when the majority of your wood is hanging off the side of the scroll saw’s table.
For all intensive purposes, and with every respect to the band saw, the scroll saw is vastly more effective at detailed craft work. The machine is acutely accurate and allows for huge amounts of creativity in a relatively small package. Not only is the scroll saw’s agility during intricate curves and patterns virtually unparalleled, but the tool can also create smooth dovetail joints rendering this machine a true paradise for small scale, intricate craft projects. Similarly, the band saw most certainly takes the cake in universal effectiveness and can cut a straight line with greater ease and accuracy than a scroll saw any day of the week.
Application of these oils is simple, although you do need to periodically reapply them in order to maintain the finish. You simply wipe on a thick coat of mineral oil and allow it to absorb into the wood. After several minutes, simply wipe the excess oil away with a soft cloth. Allow several hours to a day in between coats. Keep building up coats until your desired finish is achieved. It is difficult to make a mistake applying this type of finish.
Tried and True Choices
– Keep the tape pieces away from any delicate areas in the pattern to reduce the chances of damaging your work when you separate the layers.