While there are thousands of tools that can be used in home remodeling, there is one tool that every beginner should master before they move to the heavier machines or the ones that require more skill and have a higher injury rate. We are of course talking about the Jigsaw. The jigsaw is a saw that most people use for only several things and not in the best way possible.
If you are only cutting wood on a straight line that is clamped between two holders than you are underselling your jigsaw by a lot. The jigsaw can maneuver all around your house and it can be one of the best tools for both beginners to learn how to operate electric saws and for masters to perform amazing cutting and shaping feet’s.
The jigsaw can cut almost anything as it’s designed to be able to offer a quick and clean cut. However, sometimes it will need some help from additional tools to open up the path before it can shine. Let us give you some of the best jig saw examples where and how a jigsaw it can and should be used.
1. Proper way to cut
The jigsaw offers many variations of angles how something can be cut, and as a saw, it is perfect for cutting unique shapes into pieces of metal, wood and even ceramic tiles. The proper way to cut anything with a jigsaw is to lay that material on a piece of wood that has space in between where the cut in your material will happen.
So, for instance, if you want to cut a sheet of metal you need to replace the metal over an area where the blade will be able to cut the metal in the air so as to not perform additional strain on the blade. Additionally, the saw should be pressed from the top by both hands as the pressure to make precise cuts comes from the top.
2. Cut anything that can be fastened to a holder
The main use of the jigsaw is to cut wooden panels, however, it can also be used to cut pipes, to cut sheets and really it can cut anything that can be fastened to a holder and hung in the air. So, the jigsaw can cut plastic wood, metal, ceramic tiles, and whatever you can grab as long as your blade strength can match the strength of the material that you want to cut.
3. Drill starter holes go a long way
If you need to cut something out of a working space that does not have an entry point for the saw, then make one. Grab something like a drill and make a hole big enough for the blade of the saw to be able to pass through.
Once the blade is inside it can easily start cutting away the material into the desired shape. Don’t ever try to make the hole using the jigsaw, and don’t let your imagination be stopped just because the angle is not good for the jigsaw. Make yourself a hole that will allow you to utilize the jigsaw and its full potential.