While they are one of the most versatile tools in any workshop, the jigsaw is also incredibly easy to use. These specialty saws are unique in that, while they are most commonly used in woodworking projects, they are capable of tackling anything including cutting metal and pipe, cutting countertops for sink installation, slicing through aluminum or plastic, and even making quick work of laminate floor installation.
A jigsaw is a hand-held power tool that is very easy to maneuver and control. It is capable of making long straight cuts, cutting out shapes and curves, and even making intricate designs. They are even capable of performing plunge cuts. These useful cuts allow you to cut into the center of a workpiece and operate from there, enabling you to use it for even more applications.
The first thing to keep in mind is to have the right blade for your project. The blades come in a variety of choices. There are simple wood cutting blades, metal cutting blades, and even specialized blades for cutting through laminate or tile. Once you have inserted the right blade into the saw, you are ready to get to work.
To operate this tool, you simply place the base or shoe of the tool firmly down on your project surface. Grip the handle firmly and place the blade of the tool an inch or so away from the edge of the surface that you’ll be cutting. Then simply set the speed to the optimal cutting velocity.
Normally, you’ll use a high speed for thin materials and a low speed for thicker materials. With the right speed selected, just pull the trigger and move the blade along the outside of your cut line, letting the blade do all the hard work.
In order to make a plunge cut, you hold the saw perpendicular to your workpiece. Then simply pull the trigger achieving optimal speed and tilt the blade down into the middle of the object. Once you make this hole, you are free to cut in any direction. This allows you to make perfect designs, letters, or shapes in your project.
An alternative that might offer better results is simply to drill a ½” pilot hole where you want to start cutting. Then simply slide the blade into the pilot hole and proceed to make your desired cut.
One final note is that there is the possibility that your jigsaw blade can bind when making sharp curves in your workpiece. To prevent this, you can make simple relief cuts. This will free your blade from the material it’s already passed, allowing it to proceed with cutting without the possibility of it binding.
To make a relief cut in a curved cut, simply stop the blade and remove your jigsaw. Then make a fresh cut that is perpendicular to where you left off in the cut line. By doing this, you remove the scraps of material that are no longer needed and you can then continue with your project without worrying about the blade binding.
With these simple steps, you can use your jigsaw for a wide variety of projects. And with the ability to cut through various materials, as well as being able to make smooth curved or straight cuts, you’ll find that this versatile tool is capable of tackling numerous applications.