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How to use a jigsaw

December 19, 2020


Jigsaws are ideal for cutting curves and complex shapes and you can make a crosscut on a board using this saw. You can work on a board to make a wood of various types shape and design for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and more. So, to make any kind of shape or curve cuts in your wood on a board you may use the jigsaw. But, first of all, you have to know how to use a jigsaw to make curves and complex shapes on your board during woodworking.

Jigsaws are very easy to use than a handsaw and they can perform well to make clean cuts and precise cuts. But you have to know about the parts of the jigsaw and should follow all the steps before using this tool. So, let’s know how to work with a jigsaw on a board and how to stay safe while using this saw.

You will need:

  • Jigsaw
  • Jigsaw blades
  • Clamps
  • Safety things
  • Hearing protection
  • Hand protection

Parts of the jigsaw

You need to know the parts of the jigsaw before using it to operate it properly. Check the manual page and know about the parts of the jigsaw. You will find the features here is giving below: 

  • Variable speed dial
  • Lock-on switch
  • Trigger switch
  • Blade clamp / Lock
  • Orbital adjustment knob
  • Base

Safety Equipment

You should keep safe while using this saw and wear eye protection glass to protect your eye and gloves for hands protection. Wear protective clothing to get rid of any injury. Use an extension cord to keep the saw away from the cut path so that you can move freely around the workplace. Also, check the battery if you have got the battery-powered saw.

Choose the right blade

Blades are most important for this tool and your woodworking. So, choose the right blade for your jigsaw and we suggest using a T-shank blade. Because this blade is perfect for the jigsaw. Besides, u-shank blades are perfect for the jigsaw and typically, jigsaw accepts U-shank blades and do perform well. These blades used for wood and metal cutting and make a clean cut on your wood boards.

Using the right blade will give you a clean cut on the bottom of your wood, plastic, and metal. While you’re making the cut on a board see the blade is moving. But you have to look whether is moving the right way or following your lines.

Read the manual

Check the manual of the jigsaw which you bought for using and cutting the shapes. The manual will help you to know the features and how to work right away. 

Set up your jigsaw

Before using the jigsaw for cutting curved and straight lines set up the saw and all the materials. If you’ve corded jigsaw then make sure that you’ve unplugged it. Also, check all the features they fitted or not. If any bolt you can see loose then fit it with an Allen wrench. You may use the Allen wrench to change the blade also. Besides, make sure the blade is facing the right direction to make good projects. 

Set up cutting materials

If you need a square cut, a T-shank blade will help you but make sure that you’ve marked properly where you want to cut on the material. Also, make sure that the blade is sharp and clamped securely to a table for working comfortably. If you’re going to cut big or large woods then you may push two tables close to each other and for long cut, both tables should be clamped down.

Draw line

To make cleans cut and curves, draw lines where the blade will run. But if you want to make a circle cut then drill a hole on the bottom of the object you are cutting. 

Insert battery and blade 

Check the battery and insert it into the saw and check the battery is full of charge or not. Insert the blade that you’ve selected for use in your woodworking. After taking measurement the blade height let it release to make a hole and cutting through the board. 

Control speed

Set the speed first after plugging the jigsaw and must firstly set the low speed to create a less dense on the hardwood. The slow speed will make the curved line and faster speed for straight cut lines while using this tool on materials.

Make the cut

To start your cutting pull the trigger and run the blade on the board and select which cut are you going to cut? Is it curved cuts or straight cuts? While you’re cutting, place the edge of the base on your workpiece and make sure that the blade which you’ve already inserted isn’t touching the edge of your workpiece. Pull the trigger and run the blade at full speed along the drawn line and notice that the blade is going the right way to make the clean and straight cut.

Make sure the foot of the jigsaw is pressing flat against the wood where you’re cutting and notice the blade is touching the material before you pull the trigger.

Let the blade speed up to slow cutting straight or along to the marked line. Once you set the low speed you can increase the speed level. But from the high speed if you want to do low can be a bit tough. So, you should set the low speed first and then you can increase your speed level but you have to do natural speed to cut the materials.


Lastly, following all the steps carefully hope you are less likely to face any kind of problem but jigsaw are a great tool to get a better job.

By the way, after finishing cutting the wood you should clean up the workpiece and unplug the jigsaw. Remove the blade and battery and store both in their proper location for using them again.

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