What can a scroll saw make?
Similarly, you may ask, is a scroll saw worth it?
A good scroll saw is invaluable for cutting frames BUT it has to be a good one. Look for one with a lot of mass to dampen vibrations, a fine variable-speed drive and a good blade-clamping system. A used Hegner is a good investment.
Subsequently, question is, does a scroll saw cut on the up or down stroke? Crown tooth and spiral blades are two of the most common specialized scroll saw blades. Similar to the reverse tooth design, a crown tooth blades cut both on the up and down stroke. They're great for cutting shapes with many abrupt changes in direction and tight radius corners.
In this manner, what kind of wood should I use for a scroll saw?
Cedar and plywoods are recommended as good woods to practice on while some recommend a good quality Baltic birch (Scroll Saw Forums). We actually recommend Poplar as the best practice wood because it has a more even grain than pine, meaning you can cut at an even speed without worrying about changing blades.
Should I buy a scroll saw or bandsaw?
Conclusion. These two similar saws are really not interchangeable. The scroll saw will serve you better if you are looking to do fine, detailed work, and the band saw will be a better fit if you're designing and building furniture. Both are a valuable addition to any woodshop.