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.