Wood Cutting with a Jigsaw

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Let’s be honest. If there’s a leading saw for making intricate shapes, it has to be the jigsaw. It’s perfect for making complex and irregular shapes, making it the favorite of creative woodworkers, DIY lovers, and home improvement carpenters. No wonder Sawing Pros endorses jigsaws very well! If you want to hear their reviews, go to their article whenever you’re available.

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However, no matter how great of a tool a jigsaw is, if you’re not using the right blade to cut through wood, then it’s useless. The jigsaw is as powerful as its blade, so you have to make sure you know what to use when cutting wood.

The Right Blade for the Right Type of Wood

Below is the table you could use as a reference when using a jigsaw blade

Type of Wood Style of Teeth Blade Material
Softwood Side – rough and quick cuts High Carbon Steel
Taper – finer and slower cuts Bi-metal
Hardwood Side – rough and quick cuts High-Speed Steel
Taper – finer and slower cuts Bi-metal

Jigsaw Tips

Cut through the wood the proper way! Follow these tips, and you’ll get the result you want.

  • Remember that jigsaws are recommended for cutting through softwood up to 1-1/2-inch thick. For hardwood, it shouldn’t exceed ¾-inch thick. The blades of jigsaws are susceptible to bending when cutting curves in thicker types of wood, leaving behind a slanted edge rather than a squared one. If you want to achieve the latter, you have to use a sharp blade without forcing the jigsaw through the cut.
  • Making an entry saw or a plunge cut in the middle of the material? Tip your saw to allow the blade to be aligned with the wood. Doing so will also let the weight of the jigsaw to rest on the shoe’s front lip. Always begin at the highest speed, then tilt the shoe, and lower the blade into the material. If the wood is delicate, you should first drill a ½-inch starter hole before positioning the jigsaw blade.

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  • If you need to create quick cuts, then utilize a rougher blade. However, be warned: The rougher the blade you use, the longer you’ll have to sand the wood later. If in case the saw has an orbital adjustment feature, then you should bear in mind that the faster the speed and orbital action, the easier and quicker the cut will be. However, it’ll be a rougher cut than usual. If you really wish to make quick cuts, then the safest way is to choose a higher setting. Sanding can smoothen the cuts anyway.
  • The wood-cutting blades of jigsaws are tailored to create teeth cut on the upstroke. If you are working with materials that need less chipping or fine wood such as veneers, then choose a downstroke-cutting blade. You could also place a masking tape on the cutting line pathway before drawing on the pattern line.

What You Should Look for in a Leader

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Remember how serious you were when you read the reviews of masticating juicers before buying one? It turns out looking for a juicer isn’t that pressing (pun-intended) compared to finding the best leader!

As you know, bosses are everywhere, but leaders are difficult to find. You might have a boss, but he or she may not be a leader.

So how will you know if your boss is actually a leader? Simple. If you find these characteristics in him or her, that means he or she is the leader you should follow.

Visionary

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If he or she thinks of the present without compromising the future and vice versa, then he or she is a leader. A leader must be both realistic and idealistic. There should be balance in his or her actions.

Team Player

A leader knows how to collaborate with the people he or she works with. A leader doesn’t only consider and prioritize his or her ideas, but also shows interest in others’ opinions.

Empathetic

A selfish boss isn’t good for you mentally, but a leader who knows how to treat people properly is an excellent model for you. You’ll know someone’s a leader if he or she understands that people make mistakes and that no one is perfect—even him. Check out Jack Ma’s advice before you turn 30 in this video:

Principled

A leader is ethical. He or she doesn’t tolerate corruption and misconduct. He or she stands firm on what’s right and not just for what’s easy. He or she would rather take the long journey to correct things, instead of taking a shortcut that’s unjust.

Respectful

A leader knows how to respect other people’s time by not being tardy. Aside from that, he or she also honors your time with your family as well as your rest days. He or she gives respect and therefore receives the same.

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Committed

It’s difficult to look for devoted leaders nowadays, but they still exist. A leader keeps his or her promises and encourages his or her co-workers to be passionate about their work by being a great example. A leader proves that actions speak louder than words.

Influential

A leader inspires you to become a better individual and employee. He or she makes sure you’re learning and growing in your job. A boss prevents you from applying your skills and showing your talents, but a leader will support and encourage you to be as resourceful and creative as you can be.

Becoming a Better Leader

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Being a good leader is not about having all the strengths and none of the weaknesses that cause others to fail at it. Rather it is about knowing how to leverage strengths and not get too caught up with fixing a weakness which could be self-paralyzing. Because like it or not, there is no such thing as a perfect leader. And if you aspire to be one, or find yourself in a situation where you have to step up to the role, it helps to have a realistic view of what being one entails.

Self-awareness and the ability to make objective self-assessments are among the traits that can prove handy if you want to become a leader. The sooner you identify where your strengths lie, the sooner you can focus on building a leadership plan that makes the best use of what you excel at and allows you to use your weaknesses to become a source of information that will help you identify the people you need on your team.

While it is wise to work on your weaknesses, obsessing on turning them into strengths not only slows you down. It may also prevent you from tapping into the strengths of the people around you. Weakness may seem like a liability that makes you vulnerable. But that vulnerability does not make you a failure as a leader. Instead, it helps you lead others in a way that gives them a chance to explore, discover, and use their own talents and skills instead of trying to do everything by yourself.

In the end, having a weakness as a leader does not make you a bad one. It is how you choose to deal with it that will define the kind of leader you are.

Building the Skills to Become an Effective Leader

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Anyone can lead, if needed. But not everyone can be effective in doing the job that needs to be done. And in today’s complex and sometimes chaotic business or public governance environment, effectiveness is one of the traits leaders need. Leading a team or a group of people with different personalities, work styles, and mindsets is one of the major challenges of taking on a leadership role. Knowing how to develop leadership skills in yourself and others can help you produce the results you want.

Sharing a clear vision. Setting a direction and communicating a clear and compelling vision are usually at the top end of a leadership skills list. How strongly you believe in the vision often translates to the way you communicate it to your people, which can inspire them to achieve collective goals. You have to make the vision resonate in your actions as well as in the decisions you make.

Growth-focused leadership. The best leaders are those who maximize and tap into people’s potentials. The ability to recognize and acknowledge every member’s unique talents and contributions helps in building strong relationships. You also have to provide a suitable environment that would support creativity and innovation. If you want to deliver the best results as a leader, you have to make room for the continual growth of your people and motivate them to contribute more to the team.

Decisive but flexible. Adaptability and flexibility are among the important leadership qualities that you have to cultivate to successfully lead a team. There are times that call on “situational leadership” wherein you choose a style that works best for your team. It is important that you know how to read and understand your team so you can adjust your leadership style to what would generate the best possible outcomes.

Integrity-driven. Integrity builds trust. And trustworthiness is essential in cultivating effective leadership skills. Your team will follow and support your leadership if they know you are worthy of their trust. Being honest and making the right decisions regardless of your personal feelings can make people trust you more. When it comes to integrity and trustworthiness, your actions will speak more than your words do.

Leading people is both challenging and rewarding. You will have to harness effective leadership skills to motivate people to work together while inspiring them to develop their optimum potential. Constantly improving yourself as a leader can help you provide the leadership that can drive a team to cooperate and perform at their best.