how to use Jigsaw for curved cuts

How to Use a Jigsaw for Curved & Straight Cuts:

Jigsaws can be used to do multiple tasks. You can cut through Plastic, Wood, Metal, Glass, Fiber, and many different materials. Whether you need to make a straight cut, a curved cut, or an internal cut, you can cut any type of shape using a Jigsaw. But with Jigsaw you need the right blade to get a fine and smooth cut. There are many different models of blades to cut different types of materials and the type of cut you want. So you have to choose the right blade according to your needs and requirements. You can view different types of blades and what they are used for here.

Now let’s come to the point for which you are here; how to make a Straight cut and a Curved cut in Wood, Metal, Plastic, or any other material.

First of all, you need to know what blade you are required to have because different materials use different types of blade with different Tpi varies from 6-tpi to 32-tpi for different types of cuts.

How to Make a Straight cut:

Now let’s get started. Place your material on the table and make sure that more than half of the surface is on the table and the rest of it is hanging out. Now use the clamps to hold the wood/metal piece, so it won’t move or vibrate and ruin your cut. Mark the lines using a pencil. Make sure you draw the straight lines as it can affect the cutting, use a measurement scale or a Square If needed. Place the Jigsaw shoe on the material surface, line up the blade with the markings, but do not let the blade touch the material before you start Jigsaw and the blade starts running at its full speed as it can damage the blade or, at worse, could damage the material surface.

Now keep your hand steady and trace the marked lines. Don’t push the jigsaw forward as it can run off the track. Don’t press the jigsaw too hard on the surface, let the blade cut through it naturally.

If you’re a beginner and using jigsaw for the first time, don’t be anxious about it, just give it a try and do your best. It’s better to try it first on a scrap material before you start working on your favorite side project. You can also use a straight piece of wood, place it with your markings and guide your jigsaw throughout the wood that will provide you with a fine straight cut.

Now let’s get started with Curved cuts.

How to Make a Curved cut:

First of all, draw the lines on wood, metal, plastic, or on any other material you want to cut, using a pencil. Use the clamp to hold the material and clamp it to the table. And as always, choose the right blade for your desired work. For cutting curves in wood or metal, you will need a thin blade so it can move through making a precise cut. It’s better to use a Scrolling blade or a coping blade for making curved cuts.

There’s four orbital actions trigger on the jigsaw which allows the blade to move forward in a cutting stroke as well as up and down. These settings help in making smooth curved cuts and straight cuts. Set it according to the work you want to do.

Now set up the Jigsaw with your markings and push the trigger to start the Jigsaw. But don’t let the blade touch the material before it starts running. Let the jigsaw cut naturally and guide it through the curves. Don’t push it too hard, as it can run off the track, be gentle.

Once you finish cutting, the edges may need to get sand. Use a Belt Sander for fine edges, or you can sand it by hand using a sanding file for smooth edge cuts.

We hope we were able to help you out. Let us know in the comment if it helps you or if you want us to add something more to the article.