How can I forget the day when in my woodwork class I raised my hand and asked the teacher, Hey, Sir, Can you use a jigsaw to cut wood?
The entire class laughed at me, and I became deaf to the loud laughter. I reminded myself the words of George Santayana,” The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” My teacher answered politely. Yes, of course, my dear, a jigsaw can cut wood just like a hot knife goes through the butter.
If you are also searching for likewise beginner-level queries like Can a jigsaw cut wood ?or How to use a jigsaw to cut wood? , keep reading this post. In this article you will learn to cut circle and square shapes in a hardwood with jigsaw.
Further, as a giveaway, I promise to teach you super cool safety hacks to use a jigsaw like a pro.
How to Cut a Perfect Circle in Hardwood Using a Jigsaw?
Cutting a circle of wood with a jigsaw is relatively effortless. All you need is to learn the technique and do the practice.
- First, take a ¼ inch thick cardboard.
- Mark the radius of your circle on the surface of the wood and the cardboard.
- Pin the cardboard and the hardwood at the center point. You may use the double-tap as well.
- Now dig a small hole with a drill machine in the actual wood.
- Push the blade of the Jigsaw in the hole you drilled earlier and start cutting your circle.
- Put your jigsaw on the cardboard and rotate it simultaneously.
- For an excellent cut, use a blade with 10-12 teeth per inch.
- Never put more force than required; otherwise, you cannot get a nicer and clean cut.
- Place the wood on a 4 to 5 inches thick base (as a red base in the above picture)
Cut a Perfect Square in Hardwood
You might have heard that Jigsaw is the best tool for cutting curves and not the straight and rectangular shapes. But there is nothing complicated enough that you can not master with diligence. Now you will learn how can a jigsaw cut wood in a rectangle shape without damaging your wood. Don’t worry, even if you are attempting it the first time. Just focus on accomplishing your project with the help of this step-by-step guide.
- First, mark the rectangle shape with a pencil and measuring tape on the wood.
- Place this wood on a 4-inch thick base.
- Drill hole in all the four corners of the rectangle shape marked on wood.
- Place the jigsaw on a hole and start cutting the wood from one hole to another.
- When you drill the hole, put a rough piece of wood beneath the marked point; otherwise, you may dig a hole in the base also or spoil your cutting table as well.
- Drill the hole inside of the rectangle shape.
- Keep the Jigsaw inside of the marked line to ensure perfection.
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Five Essential Safety Measures You Should Take When Using Jigsaw:
Here is a guide about the safety precautions you must take while working on wood with your jigsaw. As safety brings you first aid even when you are uninjured.
- Choose a Suitable Blade.
First, if you want to get the most out of the jigsaw, choose the blade according to the type of wood and length of the cut. Here are the three most significant facts about the blades of the Jigsaw.
- To make a long and straight cut, you need a wider blade.
- A blade with narrow teeth works best for curves and shapes.
- A narrow blade cuts slowly but nicely, whereas a blade with wider teeth cuts swiftly, but the cut will not be fine and pleasant.
- Ensure the Safety Gear:
While working with an electric jigsaw, you must know that it generates significant dust and wood splinters. The sharpness of the blade is also horrible. Therefore, you must wear safety gear like goggles, work gloves, and a face mask to avoid dust, splinters, and blade cuts. Don’t wear loose clothes and put a catcher on your long hair, if any.
- Draw Before You Cut
Drawing the shape on wood helps you cut like a pro. You must mark your shape on the wood’s surface before you put the tool on it. This measured drawing will ultimately lead you to cut accurately and save your resources. You will also save yourself against any accidental harm.
- Manage the Tangling Cord Properly
If you don’t have a cordless jigsaw, you must manage its wire. First, check it is not damaged, wrap it on your arm, and ensure that the cord never touches the jigsaw blade. Second, avoid the tangling of the cord with your feet or the legs of the cutting table.
- Fix the Required Blade Before You Start Work
There is an influx of blades of the jigsaw to cut wood. Fix the most appropriate blade for your desired cut even before you plug the jigsaw. Never attempt to change the blade while the machine is in working mode; otherwise, you may badly hurt your fingers.
It’s time to wrap up the discussion and give you a super beneficial tip that will save your time and energy.
We learned that the jigsaw can cut any wood, whether it is soft or hard, dry or wet.
The only thing you must consider is, does the wood’s thickness match the jigsaw’s capacity?
You can check the strength of the jigsaw in the manual that comes with the machine. Usually, a jigsaw can cut the softwood having a thickness of one and a half (½) inches. In hardwood, it can easily cut through 3 to 4 inches deep.
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