You need to create intricate shapes for doing fine woodworking or creative DIY project. A jigsaw is a master of tools that useful in cutting complex shapes and detailed cut for the DIYers and carpenters.
You can create beautiful curves and straight cut in woods or other materials such as aluminum, laminate.PVC, metal, and ceramics if you know how to use a jigsaw.
This article will teach you how to use jigsaw correctly that will help you to use jigsaw all type of your projects.
- 1 Video: How to Make Curved Cuts with a Jigsaw Practically
- 2 How to Use Jigsaw to cut Plywood, Metal, and Tile
- 3 Top 3 Most Popular Jigsaw Brands
Materials And Tools You Need
- Safety Goggle ( I use DEWALT DPG82-11 google that provides protection against wood dust and spray paint)
- BLACK+DECKER Smart Jig Saw (Check this to know about my favorite woodworking jigsaw )
- Hearing protection
Video: How to Make Curved Cuts with a Jigsaw Practically
How to Use Jigsaw to cut Plywood, Metal, and Tile
As you may already know without right blades jigsaw is nothing but a cutting tool. So the question is which jigsaw blade to use and how to select a right jigsaw blade for the right materials?
Here is your answer
Whether you want to cut PVC or wood, you should not choose the blade lightly. Each material needs a specific blade to saw. Its teeth and its dimensions distinguish each blade.
Types of jigsaw blade joints: U-shaped or T-shaped. Select depending on your jigsaw model.
Teeth per inch (TPI): The fewer the number of teeth per inch the more aggressive the cut. On the other hand, more TPI of your blade you have cleaner cut but it going to take more time to cut.10-12(12 TPI is good for curvy cut) teeth per inch is good enough for a clean cut of wood.
The metal cutting blade has more TPI (32 Teeth per inch) than the wood cutting blade.
For cut Laminate select the down cut blade (teeth are pointing down)
There is no need to be a professional carpenter to set the blade. You need a key or a screwdriver to follow the manufacturer’s guidance in the user manual. Note that for recent devices, just a push lever/clamp and the blade is fixed alone.
As a reminder, the process produces dust and debris. You must cover the floor and furniture in the room with tarpaulins that allow you to recover the sawdust after cutting. Do not forget to equip yourself with a mask, goggles and earplugs to protect your face, eyes, and ears.
A pro always draws his cutting features. For example, measure the piece to be cut, then mark this line with a pencil or pen on the area to be cut. Before taking action, the workpiece must be securely fastened to your work surface to prevent possible accidents. Just hold it firmly by hand or using a clamp.
Saw Now the Piece
Adjust the blade in the middle of the cutting line. Install on top of the tool in the work axis. Choose the minimum speed. Continue by making a slight notch. Cut them according to the mark. Use the viewfinder to follow the cut line. You should use the slower speed for metal and PVC than wood. Do not touch the blade after sawing, because of it hot.
Maintain the Jigsaw
After use, maintain it regularly. It is advisable to gently remove the residue that clung to it after each use. Grease the blades with a specific oil to keep their performance well.
Top 3 Most Popular Jigsaw Brands
A jigsaw is a tool that allows you to achieve all kinds of cuts. It is the ideal equipment to carry out various DIY tasks. If you buy for the first time, you risk being confused by the countless products on sale now. We will offer several reference brands to help you make the right choice.
Bosch is the brand that created the first jigsaw model. Therefore it is a pioneer in the manufacture of such tools. And the company is continuously improving the products it offers to its customers. Thus, the realization of the cuts is greatly facilitated, and the accuracy of the work is ensured thanks to this equipment.
To meet different needs, Bosch offers a wide range of jigsaws such as corded,cordless. Each model has its attractive features. Therefore, the user can find the device that corresponds to the intervention to be performed.
All Bosch saws are known for their quality of manufacture. These products are robust, effective and can last over time.
Makita is one of the most well-known brands in the field of tooling. The brand has gained notoriety thanks to positive reviews on its products. Indeed, it designs efficient equipment that meets the needs of users.
There is a wide selection of Makita jigsaws on the market today. All these models have their specificity. They are made to be manageable, practical and especially powerful. Some wired models are compelling and guarantee unlimited use. To satisfy all its customers, it offers a varied range of saws.
This is the reliable brand for the design of the necessary equipment of woodworking and gardening. It continues to bring innovations to its products to make them more and more successful.
Black & Decker covers all areas of work and offers sanders, drills, chainsaws and pruners, screwdrivers and more.
The brand also manufactures several models of the jigsaw that vary according to their power. They are reliable devices and particularly powerful in the realization of all types of work. The brand sells, among other things, table saws and circular saws. These are tools of high quality that can perform all kinds of interventions.
There are also many reliable jigsaw brands remaining all over worlds. I can’t wrap up without mention their name such as DEWALT,TACKLIFE, PORTER-CABLE etc.
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