Ask any woodworker, which power tool in their toolbox they use a lot? You will mostly hear the name of the jigsaw. That’s because jigsaw is the grandmaster of cutting curves and shapes in various materials.
So, you have recently bought the best jigsaw. But don’t know how to use a jigsaw properly. Great, you have come to the right place, in this brief guide. We will tell you how to use a jigsaw to cut a variety of materials. Let’s get started!
Know the Basics of how to use a Jigsaw properly?
Before we start, you must know a few things to make your job easier. Have a look at the jigsaw to understand the features and work functions.
- Use the carbon steel blade to cut wood, PVC, or laminate.
- Use the bi-metal blade to cut through thin metals.
- Use a fine-toothed blade for cutting metal or a clean edge on wood.
- Use a coarse blade to cut wood faster.
Speed Dial: From variable speed dial settings. Use the slow speed for thin materials and high speed for heavy metals.
Orbital Action: The orbital action knob is used to increase and decrease the jigsaw’s “thrust.”
Bevel Adjustment: Bevel adjustment is useful for cutting at an angle up to 45o.
Grip: Make sure to hold the handle according to how it is made. Better grip ensures a better result.
What will you need?
- Jigsaw (Obviously!).
- Right jigsaw blade. (Best Seller).
- Safety goggles and mask.
- Workbench or sawhorse.
- Tape measure, pencil, and masking tape.
How to Use a Jigsaw Properly?
At this point, you know about the basics and things you’ll need. Now we can move on to the methods to use a jigsaw.
Step 1: Preparation.
At first, make sure to wear safety goggles and a dust mask. Then clamp the material on the workbench to secure it. Use the pencil and measurement tape to draw a line as you want to cut.
Step 2: Mount the Correct Blade.
After doing all the necessary preparation, it’s time to mount the blade into the jigsaw. Choose the right saw blade for your job. To install the saw blade, make sure to unplugged the jigsaw. Release the blade clamp and then secure the saw blade.
Step 3: Set Your Required Settings.
Now, it’s time to make orbital adjustments and speed settings. Remember, for wood, choose the higher orbital and speed settings. Similarly, for metal and ceramics, you’ll need lower orbital and speed settings.
Step 4: Start the Jigsaw Slowly.
At this point, pull the trigger underneath the handle to start the blade. Make sure to start slowly to make sure that you are not going wrong.
Step 5: Guide the Blade and Follow the Line.
Once the jigsaw is started correctly, guide the saw blade along the cutting line. Slowly speed up and follow the cutting line. Cut until the marked line is completed.
When you are done, stop the jigsaw and take away the blade. To cut in the middle of the material, make a hole and then cut along the line.
How To Cut Curves With A Jigsaw.
- These are the steps you should know before starting. It all depends on the correct chape jigsaw blade. (hardwood, softwood, board, panel or other). If you have to cut tight corners than go for a scrolling blade.
- Mark your edge correctly. Use a pencil or measuring tap to do it.
- Properly guide the saw. Use your hand in front of the jigsaw to make it not so fast.
- Keep the focus on the blade. Otherwise, it will destroy the board.
From fine woodworking to kitchen or bathroom remodelling, you will surely need a jigsaw. Hence, follow the methods above to know how to use a jigsaw properly.