If you’re a beginner with woodworking, it can be intimidating to choose the right tools. You want something that won’t limit your project possibilities, is easy to use, and won’t break the bank! If this is you then here are 10 reasons why you need to get a jigsaw.
1. No Limit To Project Size
One of the best things about the jigsaw is that there is no limit to the project size. The tool is not mounted to anything so your arms length is the limit. This means that you can come up with large projects from 4’x8’ sheets of plywood or MDF board and even make one continuous cut if you need to. There are not many tools with this capability.
The jigsaw is usually one of the less expensive tools in the workshop. They can start around $30 and go up to $199. Of course just like with anything, the different brands come with different prices and quality.
I love Ryobi products because they’re great quality at an affordable price. In fact every tool that I own (except for my table saw and palm sander) are Ryobi! I use this Ryobi jigsaw, and it’s been great! I’d be great to have a battery powered one like this. If you’re looking for top quality this Dewalt is an Amazon best seller with 5 stars out of 1,400 reviews.
When Choosing a brand, especially with battery powered tools I suggest planning on buying the same brand for all of your tools so that the batteries and charges will work with each tool. This battery powered Ryobi jigsaw comes with the battery and charger.
Jigsaws can be used to make all sorts of cuts through a lot of different material. They can be used for things like cutting apart pallets, but can also be used for more delicate and curved cuts with the scrolling blade. Here’s a great example of a jigsaw project where I cut out the word laundry using my scrolling blade. (free laundry svg download included in this post)
Because the jigsaw is small compared to the miter or table saw, it’s easily portable. You can use it in the workshop or take it anywhere you need to go. It’s not too heavy to handle. And if you get one that’s battery powered it literally can be used anywhere.
4. Makes Straight Cuts
The jigsaw can make straight accurate cuts if you use a straight edge guide. Just make sure the straight edge is clamped down at the appropriate distance from the line you want to cut and then keep the saw against the guide through the whole cut.
6. Makes Curved Cuts
Another great feature about the jigsaw is its ability to cut curved lines. This along with the ability to cut large projects opens up a ton of project possibilities. Curved cuts with the jigsaw are best achieved with the scrolling blade. I have used these Bosch blades and they’ve been great for me.
7. Makes Angled Cuts
Use it to bevel the edge of your project, by moving the blade to the desired angle. You can also use a carpenter’s square to mark an angle across a board and make a mitered cut.
8. Easy To Use
It doesn’t take a lot of practice to get to know your jig saw. THe very basics are pull the trigger to start it and let go of the trigger to stop it. It takes a little practice to learn how to cut curves but easy to catch on to. I have a great jigsaw overview that will help you familiarize yourself with the tool once you do get one, so be sure to pin this for later.
9. Cuts At Least 5 Types Of Material
You’re not limited to only cutting wood. This tool can be used for cutting metal
Each material requires a different type of blade, so be sure to check into that.
10. Easy To Switch Out Blades
Blade release lever makes it easy to switch out the blade
Speaking of different blades, reason number 10 of the 10 reasons why you need a jigsaw is because its blade is easy to change out.
It’s not encompassed in any part of the tool that would make it hard to get to. A lot of models have an easy blade release button or lever, while some need a hex key to change it out. The no key blade release lever is a feature that’s worth looking for when shopping for a jigsaw. My Ryobi has the change lever and it’s been really easy to get to know and use!
I hope these 10 reasons why you need a jigsaw were helpful. If you’re looking for a versatile, affordable, and easy to use tool the jigsaw is a great tool to get started with.
Again I love my Ryobi jigsaw, and they’re so affordable there’s really no reason not to own one and start making your own jigsaw projects!
Here’s a roundup of 15- 1 hour jigsaw projects for beginners to get you started. You’ll want to pin it so you can come back to it once your jigsaw arrives!!
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