Tips for smoother, cleaner, more accurate cuts
A jigsaw is one of those workshop necessities. For beginners, it’s less intimidating than a circular saw and also very versatile—lots of basic projects require nothing more than a drill and a jigsaw. But veteran pros need a jigsaw too, no matter how many other tools they own. If you fall in either category, or somewhere between, this slideshow will help you get more from your jigsaw. We’ll demonstrate a few practical tips, tell you what you need to know about blades, and point out which features to look for when you buy a jigsaw.
Protect the work surface
When making a cut, you need to firmly hold down the saw to keep the blade from chattering, and even then, it may vibrate a bit. The combination of downward force and vibration is tough on the work surface. Reduce marring by applying a layer or two of masking tape to the base of the jigsaw. Remove the tape as soon as you’re done so it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the base.