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In this tutorial I cover the basics of how to use a jigsaw. It's one of the most useful tools you can use for woodworking. And it's affordable!

A lot of people think that they need a lot of big, expensive stationary tools for woodworking. If you don't have a lot of space or money, a jigsaw is an amazing

A jigsaw is the grand master of cutting shapes in a variety of materials. All you need is the right blade. We'll show you how to use this versatile power tool for cutting intricate shapes and for making compound and bevel cuts in boards and other materials. By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

How to Use a Jigsaw

A jigsaw is the grand master of cutting shapes in a variety of materials. All you need is the right blade. We& show you how to use this versatile power tool for cutting intricate shapes and for making compound and bevel cuts in boards and other materials.

Clamp metal between plywood to cut it with a jigsaw. Cut sheet metal without shredding it by clamping the workpiece tightly between two thin sheets of plywood. Begin by drilling saw blade starter holes inside all pattern circles. Cutting through a plywood sandwich is slow-going. For the smoothest cuts, select metal-cutting blades that have 21 to 24 teeth per inch.

How to Use a Jigsaw

Clamp metal between plywood to cut it with a jigsaw. Cut sheet metal without shredding it by clamping the workpiece tightly between two thin sheets of plywood. Begin by drilling saw blade starter holes inside all pattern circles. Cutting through a plywood

Jigsaw blades

How to Use a Jigsaw

To get a square-edge cut, the blade has to be perfectly perpendicular to the base. So before you make a cut, make sure the blade isn't bent. If it is, just toss it or save it for jobs where a clean, square cut isn't important. With a straight, new blade in the saw, square it up. There's not a lot of surface area on the base, so a smaller square is easier to work with.

Jigsaw Tips and Essentials

To get a square-edge cut, the blade has to be perfectly perpendicular to the base. So before you make a cut, make sure the blade isn't bent. If it is, just toss it or save it for jobs where a clean, square cut isn't important. With a straight, new blade in the saw, square it up. There's not a lot of surface area on the base, so a smaller square is easier to work with.

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