You never used a jigsaw before? In this beginner’s guide, I’ll show you how to use a jigsaw properly. A good jigsaw is one of the most useful tools in a woodworker’s shop. It can cut curves and straight lines very quickly and it can also perform compound cuts.
I will be talking about the different types of blades and which one you should choose. It’s very important that you always wear gloves when operating this power tool because it can cause injury if used improperly. Let’s get started.
How to Use Jigsaw Properly
The jigsaw is a versatile power tool that can be used for cutting just about anything. It is capable of quickly and efficiently cutting any straight line, making it very difficult to achieve the same results by hand. While a jigsaw does not have as many uses as a circular saw or table saw, they are great for smaller projects where you would not want to deal with buying extra blades or changing out accessories. Here is how to use one properly:
Step 1 – Safety
Safety should always be the #1 priority when using a power tool. Make sure your jigsaw is plugged in and off before you attempt to change its blade. Never operate the saw without a proper grip, usually, two hands will do the trick. Do not try to force or push through a cut that is difficult or simply too small for your saw to handle, as this can result in kickback. Be aware of your surroundings and what objects may be around you during use.
Step 2 – Selecting The Proper Blade
Jigsaws come with all different types of blades for various applications. When first beginning, it would probably be best if you just buy some inexpensive blades until you feel comfortable enough to go out and purchase name-brand ones.
Step 3 – Installing And Attaching Your Blade
With most modern jigsaws you simply slide the new blade over the end of the spindle until it clicks into place.
Step 4 – Prepare the Workpiece
To begin, prepare your workpiece so it fits correctly on the table of your jigsaw. Move the blade up to 2 inches above your cut line and check for squareness using either an angle square (if available) or other square-like devices, such as a framing square or metal straight edge.
Once you have determined that your workpiece is square and the blade is in the right place (2 inches above your cut line), it’s time to secure down your jigsaw so you get an accurate cut every time. This is done using either bolts or clamps.
Step 5 – Make Your First Cut
Start out by making a rough cut along the outside of the line you intend to follow with your jigsaw (the scrap can be saved and used for future projects). To make sure that this first cut goes smoothly and does not bind under force, lubricate it with either bar soap or water. If possible, use both for best results.
Step 6 – Fine-Tuning Your Cut
If you have a smaller piece that you are cutting into two pieces, then simply cut away. If the piece is not going to break under the pressure of your cut, all you need to do is make a few more passes until the line has been crossed.
However, if the line is too long and your jigsaw will struggle to make it through or might even break before finishing this task, save yourself from having to buy another tool by using a hacksaw for those last few cuts. It may take a little bit longer but it saves money in the end.
Again, as with most woodworking tools, practice makes perfect so keep trying until you get used to how your jigsaw works.
The jigsaw is a versatile power tool that can cut through just about any material, from wood to metal. In this guide, I’ve covered some of the basic principles for how to use these saws properly and safely so you don’t hurt yourself or damage your project materials.
That’s it for this article, hopefully, you can see how simple using a jigsaw really is.
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