DIY Tools: Jig Saw

A jigsaw, also known as a sabre saw, is a power tool employed for cutting custom curves including stencilled designs or other arbitrary shapes out of a piece of wood or other suitable material. It can be utilised more artistically compared to regular saws, which are usually used to cut straight lines. In this sense it is a perfect companion to a chisel and a rasp. Even though a jigsaw is capable of cutting arbitrary patterns, freehand creation resulting in a clean cut is hard, even with the use of a guide. Below are guidelines for using a jigsaw.

First, use eye protection because a jigsaw’s blades can break and fling bits of metal towards the user. Second, place the shoe’s tip over the object you’re cutting and face the cut you are starting to make. (The shoe is the jigsaw’s metal base.) Third, keep in mind the cut line’s side where you desire your cut to be made and position the blade somewhat away from the side where you prefer to start. Fourth, holding the grip firmly, push the power button and start cutting. Fifth, apply force gently when creating cuts; do not put pressure on the blade. Sixth, in creating a curved cut, determine the cutting speed according to the strength of the material being cut. Seventh, if you desire a straight cut, then a guide to be followed by the saw is needed; the guide can be a straight wood piece clamped on the two ends of the object being cut. Eighth, another method for a straight cut is using a rip guide, an accessory which goes with the jigsaw. Lastly, when the cut is completed, halt the blade and place down the saw.