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Prevent Scroll Saw Burn

Whenever I use a scroll saw, I find that some types of wood are just about impossible to cut without burning the edges. (Cherry seems to be the worst culprit.) And the problem gets progressively worse as the blade gets dull. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. I just cover the cutting line with a strip of cellophane tape, see lower left photo. (I use 2"-wide packing tape.)

Prevent Scroll Saw Burn

With the tape in place, it practically eliminates the burn marks on the edges, see lower right photo.

What makes the tape work? I'm not sure, but my guess is it lubricates the blade just enough to keep it cool. Whatever the reason, I end up with a nice, clean edge that requires little, if any, sanding.

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