Let’s take you through everything you need to know about using a Jigsaw. If you’ve never used one before, or you just need some handy tips – you’re in the right place! Jigsaws are easy and versatile for achieving intricate, curved or straight rip cuts in timber and with the right blades can cut plastic, mild steel and aluminium. With pendulum action settings and the ability to adjust the speed, you will always have accuracy and control over your work piece.
The first task with any project is to prepare.
You need to wear protective clothing, so have gloves and goggles at the ready.
For a precise cut, it is also essential to have the right tools to help you: a long ruler, a sharp pencil and some clamps.
You should draw exactly where you want to cut. Once you mark everything up, it is important to clamp your workpiece onto a work bench or a steady table with clamps. We recommend clamping two points on the workpiece if you can to prevent it from moving around. This will prevent it from slipping out of place and causing an inaccurate cut.
By using straight edges to guide your jigsaw, you’ll achieve straight cuts that are much more precise and it will help to stop the blade from wandering. Similarly, a circle cutting guide will improve the accuracy of circular cut-outs.
To prevent splintering on the finished side of the material, turn over your workpiece so that you are cutting from the back and add some masking tape both sides along your cutting line. It’s also important to take your time! You don’t need to force the jigsaw along the cutting line, keep a gentle amount of forwards pressure and slowly let the tool do the work.
When you have finished making your cut, turn off your jigsaw and wait for the blade to come to a complete stop before setting it down on your bench.
To get started, our PXC 18V Jigsaw will give you a clean, accurate and effortless cut every time. This tool has 4 pendulum cutting settings with variable speed control, LED worklight and a splinter guard. It’s part of Ozito’s PXC 18V range with over 85 power tool and garden products – available at your local Bunnings.
Check out some more handy jigsaw tips from Andrew below with another Ozito jigsaw!