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Don’t Ruin Your Jigsaw Cuts! (How To Avoid BLADE BENDING + WANDERING with Jigsaws…)
One of the most common mistakes made during jigsaw usage is BLADE BENDING and BLADE WANDERING.
This is when the jigsaw blade twists or bends in the cut, and thereby produces an angled or beveled edge on a board. This skewed edge often has to be cleaned up, usually with a sander, and even then it is rarely perfect afterwards.
There are several reasons for why jigsaw blade wandering happens:
1) Forcing the Cut Too Hard: You have to slow down your cut pace to prevent stress on the blade.
2) A Dull or Damaged Blade: Blade dullness will also cause stress on the jigsaw blade, which will cause it to twist and wander.
3) Sideways Pressure: Some users will unintentionally drag the tool sideways while negotiating a turn. This can cause the jigsaw blade to bend and wander.
4) Sole Plate Alignment: The jigsaw sole plate has to be at a perfect 90-degrees to the blade. If it is askew, the blade will start cutting at a slight bevel.
Keep these things in mind when you’re cutting with a jigsaw, and you’ll avoid blade wander!
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The Honest Carpenter