While a standard saw is sufficient for making straight cuts, a jigsaw is the ideal tool for making delicate cuts. This power tool is used to cut curves into metal, wood, or other material. It is considered an artistic tool because it is used to cut arbitrary shapes like stenciled designs. The jigsaw puzzle got its name from being created using one of these saws.
Step 1: Understand the components of a jigsaw. A traditional jigsaw is a hand saw featuring a small, thin blade with an attached handle. The modern jigsaw is a power tool comprised of a reciprocating saw blade and an electric motor. Some jigsaws have a sole plate with a bevel function. This allows them to cut up to 45-degree angles to create miter joints.
Step 2: The trigger on a jigsaw has a variable speed. The harder the trigger is pulled, the faster the blade will go. For a large project, the trigger can be set in place, freeing both hands to control the saw.
Step 3: Blade selection is important. A blade featuring fewer teeth will make cuts faster but creates a rougher finish. A blade with more teeth cuts slower but leaves a smoother, cleaner result. For very intricate work, select a narrow blade with a lot of teeth.
Step 4: Always work on a flat surface and wear safety goggles. Secure the material to be cut so it will not slide during your work. Before starting the saw, load the blade into the correct area.
Step 5: Remove large sections of material first, getting this excess out of the way so you can work on the smaller details. Begin at one side of the material, placing the sole plate on top of the material and gently sliding the saw across the material so the blade can cut through it. The saw moves the blade up and down rapidly.
Step 6: Never pull out the blade while it is moving because this can damage the blade or you. Allow the blade to come to a complete stop, then remove it from the material and reposition it.
Step 7: Take your time when making cuts, allowing the blade to do the work for you. If you force the blade too hard, you will damage it or the material you are cutting.