How do you cut carbs?
-Eating proteins only.
How do you cut curves?
-With a jigsaw only!
That’s right we only cut curves with jigsaws and we need some know-how about cutting with a jigsaw. So here I brought to you a ‘how to use a jigsaw to cut curves’.
There are some basic tips for working with a jigsaw. But, before heading to the jigsaw cutting guide, let us have some idea about what is a jigsaw.
What is a jigsaw?
Well, a jigsaw is one of the sturdiest saws I ever know.
You need to cut a circle? Use a jigsaw.
You need to cut curves? Use a jigsaw.
You need to cut straight? Use a jigsaw!
Not only you get the jigsaw at a lower price, but also it gives you a risk-free curving experience. One of the nicest parts of the jigsaw is it is a lightweight instrument for a tough job like curving. I love it as I can carry it to places, I want because of its compact design.
However, there are two types of jigsaw: corded and cordless jigsaw. Corded jigsaw is known as electric jigsaw as it collects power from electricity.
Now, let me tell you about cordless jigsaw. It is really exciting to talk about such a darling invention. Woodworkers love this thing, particularly for its convenient work-ability. Firstly, it has no cord! A lightweight, sturdy tool, you can move around and shape around. It comes with a power bank with a battery of 20-volt lithium-ion!!!
How to cut curves with a jigsaw
I hope I could enlighten you about jigsaw briefly. So, let’s head towards how to cut curves in wood with a jigsaw.
You will need some tools while working with a jigsaw and curve something.
Things you’ll require:
- A jigsaw tool table
- Safety goggles
- Woodcutter blade
- Drilling machine (if needed)
Jigsaw blade is an essential ingredient that you will read in every jigsaw cutting guide. You have to choose the right blade for perfect curving in different materials.
If you are not using a sharp blade, your blade will bend down, making a beveled edge instead of a square one, which is not what you desired. So, you have to use exactly a curve cutting blade.
Another important point is the material, what is the material you are going to do the curve cutting on? If you are thinking of cutting with a jigsaw, remember that jigsaw performs best on softwood, which is 1-1/2 inch or less thick. In the case of hardwood, it is fine with up to 3/4-inch thickness.
Prepare all your tools and fix an exact mindset about the shape you want to make. It is best to have a sample design drawn on a paper in front of you.
The next important fact is the measurement of your desired design. You have to measure the workpiece and have a perfectly suitable shape of the design. Draw the design on the workpiece with a perfect measurement using the compass, ruler, pencil, and the paper you have drawn on earlier. You can make a hole with a drill as a guideline.
Set your workpiece on the table. Dust it out so that the pencil marks are clearly visible.
Picked your jigsaw? Cool, hold it firmly. Fix it on the traced line’s edge. Press into the wood, start cutting, slowly and steadily. While starting gear up the saw at the highest speed, steadily make the stabbing blade in lower position into the wood as you tilt the shoe.
Cut through the wood smoothly and then keep moving on. Insert the blade into the drilled hole if you made any. Keep track on your angles; you should not mislead yourself. Keep focused. Keep going on the marked lines. Cut the curves with a firm hand.
Move from curves and lead to inside corners. Let your saw cut without getting having a distraction; the motor should work fine. Do not let the motor work tough; you want it to last long, right? Make the blade cut without deflecting.
Upon finishing the cutting, you have to check the finishing of your cut. If not fine, you can fine-tune once again. Then sand the cut with sandpaper. Use a cylinder shape to wrap around the sandpaper for easy work.
Does it look perfect?
Very well done! Tell me how you love it!
Some valuable Tips
While starting to cut curves, press the saw shoe in a firm state on the piece you are working on. Keep the blade away for this while.
You can run the blade outside of the mark and sand or cut it to make smoother. I personally do not recommend that. Cut once, focus, and make it right in one go.
Yes, I work on sanding after cutting!
If you are working on a fragile piece, you can drill starter hole of half-inch so that you can position the blade safely.
If you are in a rush, can’t wait to move to the next station, use a coarser blade. It is not time-consuming ultimately because you have to spend more time in sanding for using coarser blades.
A downstroke cutting blade is good for fine work.
Many of you might have an idea about the jigsaw tool table. This article demands a mention of a jigsaw tool table. A table to work with your jigsaw is a very helpful element. Mount your jigsaw on the table and see how your tasks become easier.
Using a jigsaw tool table will increase visibility. It is easier to cut small pieces on the table. It may help you balance in some cases, but always be careful about your safety.
Be cautious! Keep your guard on while you are working with a jigsaw.
Here are some issues you can take care of for safety:
Do not use jigsaw in a wet environment. Especially when you are using an electric one, contact with water can shock the operator running a jigsaw. So, use a dry and safe place. Rain can be hazardous, so do not work in an open place.
Beware of fire while working with a jigsaw.
Most jigsaws are designed to be used in an RCB circuit breaker. The circuit breaker can automatically shut off power in times of power surge. It is protected as plugged into an RCB circuit. If it is plugged into a non-RCB circuit, be ready to experience a spark of fire or shock due to excessive power flow.
It is highly recommended not to wish to experience such hazards and save lives! Lives are precious.
Laceration or cut is one of the most common types of injury a jigsaw can do to you. So, do not place your hands near to the reciprocating blade in order to save your skin.
Check the blade; do not use a dull blade since dull blades are responsible for kickbacks. It is best if you can protect your hands with Kevlar-lined gloves.
Always consider reading out the manual; you will know many things you have no idea about. It always helps, trust me!
Wear personal protective equipment that is suitable for jigsaw work. You will need impact-resistant eye-wear, dust mask, gloves, steel-toed boots.
This is all about ‘how to cut curves using a jigsaw’ I have for you. You get to learn that jigsaw is the best choice for cutting curves and also the reason behind this. I also have discussed the procedures of cutting curves using a jigsaw, some vital tips for smooth work and most importantly, the safety measures while working with a jigsaw.
Let me know how useful this how-to guide came out for you!