Tool School: Start Basic Woodworking With A Jigsaw

Tool School: Start Basic Woodworking With A Jigsaw

Whether you’re building a step stool or a table, you can start your woodworking career by building with a jigsaw. Jigsaws can cut straight as an arrow or on curves of your choosing, and anyone can handle this tool regardless of experience.

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Jigsaws are used by hobby and experienced woodworkers alike, and are a great introduction to power tools. A jigsaw cuts much faster than a hacksaw or hand saw, saving you a lot of time and energy.

Jigsaws are ideal for small workspaces, as they fit nicely in a hard carrying case that can be stored on a shelf or in a closet. Despite their small size, jigsaws can perform similar tasks that a larger band saworbital blade action, which moves the blade in a “D” pattern which is a more aggressive cutting action and useful on hardwoods. Jigsaws are available as corded or cordless tools.

Always wear eye protection when using a jigsaw and enjoy this underrated woodworking power tool on your next project.

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  • Nice! I just bought a jigsaw a couple of weeks ago.
    My experience, particularly with thin MDF/ply – Don’t rush, let the blade do all the work and you should get a nice smooth cut.

  • Thanks for sharing this article. It was a huge help for me since I am only a beginner in woodworking. I always thought that jigsaws are hard to maneuver and hence, might destroy my work, but this article has opened my mind to using a jigsaw rather a handsaw. I really like having wood furniture in my house since it looks really pleasant. For those who are not into woodworking but wants quality made wood furnitures, they can contact joinery companies like

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