How to Cut Shapes with a Jigsaw

A while ago when I ran a little Betsy shop I invested a ton of energy cutting shapes with my jigsaw. Large numbers of the things I sold were beautifying pieces with shapes cut free and clear. I did creatures, hearts, stars, a tad of everything.

A jigsaw isn’t the most ideal instrument for removing states of wood, yet it should thoroughly be possible! My fantasy instrument for a long while has been a parchment saw since it is the best device for cutting complicated shapes – the potential outcomes are genuinely huge with this thing! Be that as it may, I’m a woman on a careful spending plan and I’m waiting briefly for a hand scroll saw to appear on Craigslist to make my Do-It-Yourself dreams work out as expected.

Since I don’t approach a parchment saw at the present time, I figured out how to successfully utilize my jigsaw to make a portion of the parchment saw projects I’d been thinking up. On the off chance that you’re in a comparable situation as me, here are a few things I have advanced en route to cut shapes with a jigsaw.

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The Ideal Amateur Power Instrument

My jigsaw was the primary saw I felt open to utilizing without anyone else. It is the ideal amateur power device assuming you are simply beginning your Do-It-Yourself venture and acquiring certainty with saws and other power instruments. Jigsaws are easy to utilize and the edge is a lot more modest than different saws that are commonly utilized in carpentry. The edge is not difficult to control and you can rapidly pause and begin.

All power apparatuses accompany some gamble. Be certain you are utilizing appropriate wellbeing gear like eye insurance and hearing security. Abstain from wearing gloves while involving saws as the material could get found out on the sharp edge and cause serious injury. Learn about security insurances here.

I began with the most fundamental jigsaw accessible – a $25 corded Dark and Decker Jigsaw. It most certainly takes care of business; however you’re in the market to spend somewhat more cash. I suggest purchasing a more pleasant rendition.

Here a couple of jigsaws that I suggest at perhaps one or two costs:

A few elements to consider while buying are:

Corded v. Cordless

There are advantages and disadvantages to both corded and cordless jigsaws. Cordless jigsaws cost a considerable amount more than the corded variants. You will likewise have the expense of batteries and a battery charger notwithstanding the saw. They are helpful on the grounds that they are more versatile than corded jigsaws and you don’t need to stress over rope position while you’re cutting.

Corded jigsaws are more affordable than the battery-worked cordless forms. They additionally by and large weigh not exactly cordless jigsaws since you don’t have the heaviness of the battery. This is significant on the off chance that you anticipate involving the jigsaw for a major task – your arm will get worn out. The drawback is that they are less versatile – you generally should be almost an outlet or electrical line. You likewise should know about rope arrangement as you’re attempting to try not to slice through the string.


The higher voltage or amperage the more power your jigsaw will have. An all the more impressive saw will prompt simpler cutting. I have utilized a little 4.5 amp dance saw for quite a while, and I would suggest buying higher amperage.

Speed Control

A few jigsaws accompany speed control dials that permit you to change the speed of the cutting edge in view of the kinds of cuts you are making. You can choose more slow velocities for cutting around bends and higher paces for straight cuts. Speed control is significant while cutting shapes with a jigsaw.

A note about Jigsaw Sharp edges

While buying sharp edges for your jigsaw make certain to focus on the kind of sharp edge you are buying. Various sharp edges are made for use on various sorts of material. Supplant your edge frequently. Signs that you really want to supplant your edge are: your material is fragmenting while you’re cutting (your edge may be dull) or your sharp edge is twisted.

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The most effective method to Cut Shapes with a Jigsaw.

Begin your undertaking by drawing the layout of the shape you need onto your wood with a pencil.

Then, at that point, clip the wood to a level, stable surface utilizing wood cinches. The region that you really want to cut ought to loom past the brink of the surface. You might have to remove your shape in areas, halting to change the position of the wood as you go. Ensure the region you will be removing is far enough from the surface you have braced it to that you won’t inadvertently slice through the surface.

Hold your jigsaw at the edge of the piece of wood with the metal plate level against the wood. The cutting edge ought not to be contacting the wood before you start the saw. Begin your jigsaw and afterward push it ahead to start cutting into the wood.

Follow your pre-defined boundaries to cut your shape with the jigsaw. On most metal plates there will be a little score that lines up with the position of the saw edge. Utilize that little indent as an aide for your sharp edge.

As you’re cutting your shape with the jigsaw, keep the metal plate level against your wood. On the off chance that the metal plate isn’t level against the wood you will encounter additional vibrations that could break the wood. Furthermore, keeping the metal plate level against the wood will give you straight cuts.

Vibrations and Brace Arrangement

One disadvantage of utilizing a jigsaw (particularly a modest one) is the vibrations that the saw puts off. Vibrations can prompt some really troublesome hand and arm squeezing. Also, outrageous vibrations can put additional weight on the wood you are slicing and lead to breaks in the wood.

You can diminish the vibrations with a brilliant brace arrangement. I’ve found that setting my wood clips as close as conceivable to where I will be cutting reduces the vibrations colossally. Likewise, ensure the braces are exceptionally close.

(Reward tip: you can stay away from indents in your wood from the wood clasps by setting a little piece of scrap wood between the cinch and the piece of wood you’re cutting. This fans out the strain of the clasp.)


Speed is really significant while utilizing a jigsaw. Assuming your speed is too high you can really consume the wood as opposed to cutting it. (Ask me how I know – hah!) You can utilize a higher sharp edge speed while doing straight cuts. In the event that you are cutting around a bend I suggest a more slow edge speed.

Alleviation Cuts

The way to utilize a jigsaw to slice shapes with bends is to make a few help cuts. Alleviation slices help to ease tension from the edge as you are cutting and can act as leave focuses for your edge.

To make help cuts, utilize your jigsaw to make a couple of cuts inside the disposal region of your undertaking that go from the diagram of your task to the edge of your board. You can do this previously or after you begin cutting the layout of your shape. 

I like to make a couple of help cuts before I start cutting my shape with the jigsaw and afterward adding more depending on the situation.

As you cut along the framework of your shape each time you arrive at a help cut wood in your disposal region will fall away. This will ease the heat off of the jigsaw sharp edge and take into account more straightforward turning.

On the off chance that you find your sharp edge stuck or you can’t make turns, quit cutting your shape layout and make a help slice to dispose of a portion of the additional wood.

Step by step instructions to remove the Shape Community

A large portion of the jigsaw projects I made for my Betsy shop were shapes removed from the focal point of a piece of wood. Getting the sharp edge into the focal point of a piece of wood is straightforward. Utilize a huge bore to penetrate a couple of openings into the area you need to cut. I utilize the biggest boring tool here.

In the wake of penetrating your opening, place the best Cordless jigsaw sharp edge into the opening and get to work. Be certain the sharp edge isn’t contacting the wood when you turn your jigsaw on to begin cutting.

Related: How to Cut Straight Lines with a Round Saw

Cut Shapes with a Jigsaw

After many, many tasks with my jigsaw I took in a couple of stunts to get the greater part of this helpful little device. I trust these stunts help you on your next project! In the event that you’re searching for an undertaking to handle, make certain to look at my free instructional exercises in general and printable carpentry plans.

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