The 6 Jigsaw Uses (Helpful Guide)

Jigsaws maybe some of the most underutilized tools, but woodworkers who have used it to its potential swear by them. They are highly adaptive, and I always recommend them to colleagues. Despite their size, they can perform a myriad of cuts for various applications, much of which I do in my workshop. Here are six jigsaw uses. 

The six jigsaw uses include the following:

  1. Jigsaws easily handle varying materials
  2. A jigsaw do well with curved cuts
  3. A jigsaw is a must-have for cutting holes
  4. Flush cuts are possible with jigsaws
  5. Jigsaws can manage bevel cuts  
  6. Jigsaws can cut carpets

So, the jig is up, and you have an idea of the possible uses for a jigsaw. Now, let’s convert knowledge to wisdom by looking at specifics that are guaranteed to benefit you. Additionally, you’ll save yourself countless hours, money, and patience by learning to apply a jigsaw to multiple applications and projects. 

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1. Jigsaws Easily Handle Varying Materials

Jigsaws can cut wood of various thicknesses and densities, as well as steel, fiberglass, and drywall, when supplied with the appropriate blade. Consequently, it improves the tool’s usefulness in your workshop by increasing its adaptability.

It’s simple to replace the blades. To begin, disconnect the saw or remove the battery, then locate the dial that links the blade to the saw. The blade is locked in place when the dial is released. By turning the dial counter-clockwise, you should be able to remove the blade and replace it.

Cutting wood, ranging from thick wood or plywood to building timbers, is the most typical application for a jigsaw. It’s perfect for scrollwork, stencil cutting, and applying artistic designs to furniture.

Jigsaws can work effectively on metalwork, such as creating a hole in a piece of material for a pipe to pass through. There will be instances when you must cut curves in metal for them to fit on a wall. Ceramic tiles are also a viable material option with a carbide grit jigsaw blade.

A Jigsaw with concrete blades can work well on porous and fiber cement concrete. They are helpful when you need to make a hole or an aperture for a pipe.

2. A Jigsaw Do Well With Curved Cuts

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A jigsaw can handle almost all of the curved cuts that you’d want to make, and even more. Of course, other power tools are available to make curved cuts, such as the scroll saw and band saw. A scroll saw is excellent for making tight, intricate cuts in thin material and is primarily for decorative work. 

A band saw is probably the most preferred tool for cutting curves in a woodworking shop. However, they can be rather pricey, and more often than not, they require a reasonable amount of space to host. Of course, it also has limitations on which applications it can do effectively. 

They are pretty versatile, take up little to no space, and are one of the most affordable power tools out there. In fact, most experienced woodworkers find themselves using their jigsaw more often and shying away from their band saws. 

The thin sides of the blades enable you to cut pretty tight radiuses, and it is convenient for cutting holes into wood, something that a band saw is incapable of doing. 

3. A Jigsaw Is A Must-Have For Cutting Holes

One of the jigsaw’s greatest strengths is its ability to cut holes into wood, also known as plunge cuts. It is as simple as using a drill to make a small hole into the wood, inserting the jigsaw blade into the hole, and starting to cut. 

Furthermore, the jigsaw also has you covered if you need to cut a square hole. Start by drilling two holes into the wood to mark the bottom-right and top-left corners of the square. Afterward, slide your jigsaw blade into one of the drilled holes and connect them to form a square hole. 

If you’re thinking about creating a door of some kind, then you’ll want to ensure you have a jigsaw. It has attachments that form perfectly-shaped circles into the wood for handles. 

4. Flush Cuts Are Possible With Jigsaws

Woodworkers and carpenters frequently use a flush-cutting saw to remove protruding dowels, rods, and exposed tenons. The blade of this saw is flexible, and the teeth only cut on the pull stroke.

However, because the saw’s base plate extends past the blade, a jigsaw equipped with a conventional saw blade won’t be able to cut flat to a vertical surface. On the other hand, installing a flush-cut blade will let you cut right up to a wall, backsplash, cabinet side, or other vertical surfaces.

5. Jigsaws Can Manage Bevel Cuts  

You would believe that making bevel cuts requires a sophisticated adjustable table saw, but ordinary jigsaws are adaptable to 45 degrees for bevel cuts. Look for a back-and-forth sliding lever right above the saw’s shoe. When the saw is released, it will tilt to one side before being locked in position by pulling the lever back.

Most jigsaws include adjustable shoe guides that allow you to execute bevel, miter, and even combination cuts in addition to straight and clean rip, cross, and curved cuts. Bevel cuts include tilting the blade left or right on the vertical plane, causing it to lean to one side or the other instead of being precisely perpendicular.

6. Jigsaws Can Cut Carpets

A utility knife may be the typical choice when you need to cut a carpet, but why work harder when your tool is offering to do it for you? With a jigsaw, cutting carpet is painless and effortless and guaranteed to save you a lot of time. Keep it slow and steady to avoid any hiccups, and you’ll quickly accomplish the task.   

Conclusion 

The jigsaw is the shop’s most underutilized power tool despite its flexibility. This tool is frequently used merely to produce the occasional curved cut, although it can offer many other possibilities. Give it a chance, and I guarantee you’ll come to rely on it to such an extent that you won’t want to go without it. 

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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