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FURTHER USE OF A JIGSAW

V. Ryan 2006

 

A laser guide is quite common on jigsaws and other power tools. The laser is a precise beam of light that shines accurately in front of the jigsaw. This can be used as a guide which shows exactly where the jigsaw blade is to cut. Remember, lasers are dangerous and the light should never be shined directly into eyes.

   

If the wood to be cut and a wood guide is G Cramped to a work bench it will be possible to cut in a straight and accurate line. The jigsaw is pressed against the guide whilst been pushed in the direction of the cut. Wood guides are very useful and they are safe if used properly.

   

 

   

When cutting an internal shape a hole must first be drilled so that the jigsaw blade can fit inside the shape. The jigsaw can then follow the line round the shape. For this type of work a fine blade is used so that the finished cut is smooth and accurate.

   

The base plate of the jigsaw can be adjusted so that an angle of up to 45 degrees can be achieved. The jigsaw becomes more difficult to handle when set at an angle. Also, the angle may need to be finished with a smoothing plane to remove the rough surface.

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