Skil_jigsawAs the master of cutting different shapes in various materials, the jigsaw never fails to gain more fans by the minute. Every woodworker, carpenter, and DIY lover who wants to step up their carving game owns a jigsaw. If you’re a horse lover, I won’t be surprised if you carve horses with wood using a jigsaw from sawingpros.com.

However, to cut wood properly, you’ll need the right blade. The jigsaw blade makes the jigsaw a powerful, versatile tool for cutting intricate shapes and making bevel and compound cuts in wood.

Jigsaw blades

Use the right blade to cut for the following types of wood:

Type of Wood Blade Material Style of Teeth
Softwood High Carbon Steel Side – rough, quick cuts
Bi-metal Taper – finer, slower cuts
Hardwood High-Speed Steel Side – rough, quick cuts
Bi-metal Taper – finer, slower cuts

Tips for Cutting Wood:

  • Jigsaws are ideal for cutting softwood up to 1-1/2-inch thick and hardwood that’s not more than ¾-inch thick. Jigsaw blades are prone to bend when cutting up curves in thicker wood, leaving a beveled edge instead of a square one. To achieve a square edge, use a sharp blade and don’t force the saw through the cut.
  • If you want to plunge cut or make an entry saw cut at the center of the wood, tip your jigsaw so that the blade will be parallel to the workpiece and the jigsaw’s weight can rest on the front lip of the shoe. Start at maximum speed, tilt the shoe, and lower the stabbing blade into the wood. If the material is fragile, drill a ½-inch starter hole first before you position the blade.

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  • If you want to make quick cuts, use a rougher blade. But remember, the rougher the blade, the longer the sanding will be later. If your jigsaw comes with orbital adjustments, take note that the higher the speed setting and orbital action, the quicker and easier the cut will be. But then, you’ll be left with a coarser cut. If you really wish to do quick cuts, though, then it’s safe to select the higher settings. You can always sand them later anyway.
  • Lastly, you should be aware that the jigsaw wood-cutting blades are made to make the teeth cut on the upstroke. Select a downstroke-cutting blade if the job involves fine wood like veneers and requires less chipping. But you can also put masking tape on the cutting line path prior to drawing on the pattern line.