How to Use a Jigsaw for Straight Cuts – Quick Tip

How to Use a Jigsaw for Straight Cuts – Quick Tip

A jig saw provides a fast, safe way to cut plywood paneling. The catch: It’s nearly impossible to keep the narrow blade cutting straight when sawing the thin sheets. The solution is to clamp a pair of straight-edge boards in place to serve as a saw guide.

Place the first guide board on the paneling parallel with the cut line. Hold the base plate, or shoe, of the saw against the board to be sure the blade is lined up with the line. Then remove the saw blade, place the tool against the first guide and position the second guide tightly against the opposite edge of the shoe before clamping it down. Repeat this procedure at the other end of the guides to create a perfect-width channel. Then reinstall the blade and slowly push the saw through the channel for a straight cut.

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  1. Ankit Rajpoot on July 26, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    This would mess up the cut towards the end as one of the fences becomes all wobbly and lose.

  2. Michael Breskin on July 26, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you that was great!

  3. Asking for a friend on July 26, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    This is so practical and really cool. Everyone tries to just set up a guide on one side of the cut and leave the other side open, and by the very nature of the way a jigsaw drags, wobbles, drifts, and oscillates, there is no way to keep a straight cut. Adding the second guide gives significant stability and just takes a minute longer to set up! Thanks!

  4. Leslie sylvester on July 26, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    The best cuts are in the editing proper bs

  5. justifiablejustine on July 26, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    And it’s just that easy!

  6. hafza macie on July 26, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    I did it myself. Find Stodoys plans quickly. if you want to do that.