Jigsaw - a quick guide

The jigsaw is probably the most universal tool that can be found in the home. The jigsaw can be used for almost all jobs that occur in the private sector. How to properly handle a jigsaw and what to look for when working, read this post.

Understand how to work with the jigsaw

Jigsaws are very versatile tools that can do a variety of cutting work in different materials. However, there are some points that determine whether you can use the jigsaw for a specific task:

  • the maximum cutting depth for the respective material must not be exceeded (the material must not be too thick)
  • There must be a suitable saw blade
  • The material must be suitable for the performance of the jigsaw

Matching saw blades

The jigsaw has different saw blades for different purposes. Wide and thick sheets are used for straight cuts, narrow and thinner sheets are used if you want to saw around the curve. It goes without saying that the thickness of the saw blade also stands for its stability and resilience. Thinner leaves are less resilient.

Do not saw with damaged or worn saw blades. It could endanger the saw or the workpiece, also a defective saw blade is always a security risk.

The saw works - not you

What you should by no means do with a jigsaw is to move it with force. The saw works by itself, the material is hard and thick, the saw has to work more and the cuts go slower. This can not and should not be accelerated by pressure.

Make a cut in a board with the jigsaw - step by step

  • wooden board
  • Jigsaw with matching saw blade
  • drilling machine
  • Pencil, angle

1. Mark cut

Use the angle to draw a rectangle on your sample board. Fix the board so that it can not slip.

2. Attach jigsaw

Use the drill and a suitable drill to drill a hole of suitable size slightly inside the rectangle around a corner. Place the jigsaw all the way on the board so that the saw blade extends through the hole. Turn on the saw and smoothly guide it from the hole to the marked edge.

3. sawing

Saw without pressure and slowly along the edge. You have a mark on the jigsaw that tells you exactly where the saw blade is cutting.

Pull the jigsaw back slightly in the corners and slowly saw around the corner until the jigsaw is back on its edge. Try to cut the rectangle as accurately as possible.

Never pull the jigsaw while it is running or running out of the cut. Wait until the jigsaw has come to a complete stop and the saw blade stops moving.

Tips & Tricks

Always make sure that the cable is behind the machine when sawing. If you accidentally saw into the cable, it is very dangerous. When switching on the jigsaw, the saw blade must always move freely, it must not touch the workpiece!

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