Tool School: Jigsaw 101

How To Use Jigsaw

Happy first Tuesday of August! It’s time for another round of Tool School! Today we’re tackling a tool that a lot of you requested – jigsaw 101! As always, I’ll be talking about this tool on Instagram, and then posing all of the fine details here! Ready to get started?

Introduction to Jigsaw 101

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1. What Is A Jigsaw?

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A jigsaw is a compact, handheld power saw that uses a reciprocating blade that moves in an up and down motion. 

2.What Features Does A Jigsaw Have?

Some of the major features of a jigsaw include a reciprocating blade, a beveling plate, and speed settings. Let’s break this down…

Jigsaw Blades 

Jigsaws can be used for a variety of different projects and materials by simple swapping out the blades. Simple put, you can cut metal with a jigsaw as long as you use a metal cutting blade, or can even cut really clean, intricate designs in wood using a scrolling or a clean cut blade. 

Beveling Plate

A jig saw rides on a plate that can be tilted using a lock. You can use this to create angled, or beveled cuts in your workpiece. A great example of how I used the bevel feature on my saw recently was in my DIY River Coaster project!

Speed Settings

A jigsaw comes with a knob which allows you to adjust the speed of the blade. The speed of the blade is important for the type of project you are working with. In most cases, you will need a fast speed for clean, straight cuts in wood. But, will need a slower cut for denser projects like metal. A medium speed is usually great for intricate, curved cuts in wood. Don’t be afraid to experiment with speed settings on your jig saw when getting started – just make sure to be safe!

3. What Types Of Projects Do You Use A Jigsaw For?

How To Use Jigsaw

Like I mentioned earlier, the type of blade you use in your jigsaw will dictate the type of project you can do. Jigsaws are great for general DIY and woodworking projects that require odd shapes to be cut (i.e, circles, waves), and are also great for household projects like moulding! Jigsaws are great for hobby use as well!

4. Jigsaw Safety

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Just like any tool, there a few key safety pointers to keep in mind when using a jigsaw.

– Never place your hand near the blade when cutting or when the battery is in the saw.

– Always start your cut before it touches the work piece (aka, fire up your saw blade prior to touching your material). This will avoid any kickback.

– Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.

5. What Jigsaw Should I Buy?

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While I can’t tell you exactly saw is right for you, I can recommend a few that I’ve tried!

Best Entry Level: If you’re just getting started and looking for a decently priced saw for some intro woodworking, I’d highly recommend the RYOBI Cordless Jig Saw. This was the first one I ever had in my shop and it was awesome!

Best Value: If you’re one step up from an entry level saw, I’d recommend trying the M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Jig Saw with Free Battery! This is the saw I use in my shop and I love it!

Best All-Around: Of all of the jigsaws on the market, the DeWalt seems to be recommended the most as a top pick!

I really hope you guys found this Intro to Jigsaws post helpful! Make sure to Pin It for later if you’re looking to find this post again!

How To Use A Jigsaw

In the meantime, make sure to follow along on Instagram for the next round of Tool School next month!

Until then, friends… Happy DIY’ing!

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Ben Verdi

    Explained it to the point. It’s completely informative. Really like the information that you have shared.

  • Dorette

    This is great! Thank you so much.
    If you had to pick between getting a circular saw or a Jigsaw. What would be your recommendation?

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