In this instructable you will learn the basics of 4 woodworking saws and how to use them. The four saws: 1) The table saw 2) The circular saw. 3) The Mitre saw. 4) The jigsaw.
Step 1: Woodworking How to Use a Jigsaw
When it comes to versatility among saws, nothing can beat the jigsaw and for good reasons, too. It is widely considered by woodworkers as the grand master of cutting a wide range of intricate shapes including compound and bevel cuts on wood,ceramic tile and even stainless steel sheet metal, among other materials, simply by changing the blade used.
This sawhasits limitations, however, of which the most notable is its unsuitability for making fast, long and straight cuts; woodworkers use a circular saw instead for the purpose. The blade on the saw should also be changed based on the material being cut so reading the user’s manual before actual operation is a must.
• Select the correct blade for the jigsaw. Although all the blades are made from hardened steel, high-speed steel, and bimetal composite metals, their designs are different to fit the material being cut.
Tip: Between 3 and 5 teeth should engage the material being cut at all times so that a ¼-inch material should be paired with a 12-16 TPI (teeth per inch) blade. Use a narrow scrolling blade for turning tight corners while a wider blade will be suitable for cutting relatively straight lines.
• Prepare the workpiece/material being cut by measuring and marking the cut lines on it. Following the lines of the project on which the cut material will be placed on(i.e., sink) or creating a template are excellent ideas for this purpose because maneuvering the material on the jigsaw will be easier with the cut lines.
• Place the material on a saw horse, a workbench, or on a vice with clamps depending on your purpose. The idea is to keep both of your hands free to guide the saw over the material, thus, increasing the likelihood for precision cuts.
• Position the blade as close to the material’s edge as possible. Slowly squeeze on the trigger until its desired speed is reached, push the jigsaw forward into the material, and guide its path by twisting its back in the opposite direction of the blade’s desired route. Keep the blade aligned with the cut line for best results.
When sawdust interferes with the blade’s path, stop the saw, clear the debris, and then restart the saw. Tip: Slightly back up on the cut line before re-sawing where you left off.