How to Pick the Right Saw Blade for Woodworking with a Workshop Jigsaw
posted on June 1, 2011 by Woodworker's Journal
Choosing Jigsaw Blade Using bargain jigsaw blades might be a good way to amass a large selection, but cheaper blades don't hold up during average workshop use.

Any power tool that cuts is pretty much only as good as the blade it’s fitted with. Even a great jigsaw will only do so-so work if it’s cutting with a dollar-store-quality bargain blade. There’s no excuse anymore for not buying and using good jigsaw blades — all seven saw manufacturers represented in this article offer very high quality blades that work with any saw that accepts a tang-style blade. Bosch has the most extensive array of jigsaw blades, with many designed for very specific tasks: Need clean cuts in plywoods, hardwood or laminate materials? There are blades made for each particular job. Want to cut through lumber quickly and not ruin teeth on embedded nails and fasteners? Bi-Metal blades with hard, yet incredibly durable, teeth will serve you well.

Three Jigsaw Blades Different sizes and thicknesses of blades are used for different jobs, for example narrow blades are used for radius cuts and wider blades for straight cuts.

Choose narrow blades for tight-radius cuts and wider, longer blades for straighter cuts in thick lumber. And don’t forget the specialty blades made for cutting dozens of different non-wood materials, from plastic and fiberglass to aluminum and steel to rubber and leather. Given all the choices, you’ll be awfully glad you bought a jigsaw with a quick-change blade clamp!

posted on June 1, 2011 by Woodworker's Journal
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