What Can You Do With a Jigsaw? A Lot! | WOODWORKING BASICS

What Can You Do With a Jigsaw? A Lot! | WOODWORKING BASICS

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  1. Hari Anand on December 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    The reason why most blades cut on the up stroke is to reduce the kickbacks, when the blade is cutting on a up stroke it pulls the machine towards the workpiece, the shoe of the jigsaw is held tight against the workpiece which is better than pushing away the machine from the workpiece and creating a sort of kickback, which happens on a blade that cuts on a down stroke if the machine is not held firmly against the workpiece.

  2. Arjun Balan on December 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    4:08 * in Rafikis voice* SIMBA!

  3. bbiermanster on December 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I built my first set of stairs last year. My t-shank jigsaw worked great for finishing stringer corner cuts.

  4. Shane B on December 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I have a couple small things to get and I’ll have everything on your tool list. At that point I will likely invest in your weekend woodworking course. I’ve really enjoyed watching your videos and have learned so much already.

  5. Contessa Adella on December 27, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Calling objects including foods, of all sorts by a brand name instead of its descriptive name is an Americanism. It is why we (even in UK) call vacuum cleaners…a Hoover. Imagine asking a Makita rep for a Sawzall…it must grind their gears!

  6. Michael Graham on December 27, 2021 at 9:38 pm

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  7. GummyTumor on December 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    You’re awesome! Thank you, I was convinced what I needed to purchase was a router, but I actually need one of these. 😅 I want to cut some Halloween decorations out of wood, and obviously have no idea how, but this helped a lot.

  8. The Geordie Weatherman on December 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm


  9. Pete Johnson on December 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Ich bin überrascht, dass du dir noch nicht die verdammten Finger abgeschnitten hast

  10. SakuSa on December 27, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    is it possible to use the jigsaw to cut wood to make it thinner

  11. Gay Preator on December 27, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Love the way a serious grin is just on the verge of happening. Jig saw – Saber saw – reciprocating saw who can keep up – thankfully You.

  12. Taranjeet Kaur Parhar on December 27, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    I was so confused and going through lots of videos to make my decision. Thank you so much. This video was a great help.

  13. Rxonmymind on December 27, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Built my entire house with a jigsaw! Only took 30 years…so yeah saved a ton of money though.

  14. Richard trevino on December 27, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Go raiders

  15. រ៉ូសានី ជិន on December 27, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for this great video 👍

  16. Brian Williams on December 27, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Always great information! Thanks for the insights. 👍🏻

  17. Ali Zafar on December 27, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Absolutely, perfect line about this tool. "Jigsaw is very under appropriated tool"

  18. Jas Love on December 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm

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  19. ferdy ahmad on December 27, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    GOOD …..

  20. Kanishka .B on December 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    It’s said that blades with downward facing tooth tend to lift up the jigsaw from the workpiece and upward tooth helps to stabalize the machine more.

  21. Abdallah S A Sheikh on December 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Very useful information

  22. Hyperegg on December 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    subscribed for the cat

  23. Julie Whyte on December 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for a great video, I’m just starting DIY on a new flat I’ve bought.

  24. Mojo-Hand on December 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the vid! Any suggestions on how a Jigsaw Noob can cut more accurately? It’s been a challenge for me to follow the lines cleanly and precisely. May be just a matter of getting much more practice.

  25. Mani Dharma on December 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Great video. Real pro. Thanks for sharing.

  26. EggyOrphan on December 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Ive seen dozens of video for cutting shapes but mostly plywood or soft woods. I been wanting to make children wood toys which include harder woods and some videos barely touch on the subject if a jigsaw good cutting shape from hardwood, mostly they say it’ll cut but they only show them cutting straight. Thanks in advance!

  27. Thunda on December 27, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Hey I’ve got an important question: is making a table for your jigsaw a safe and useful idea? Been thinking of making one for a while so I can have a portable "bandsaw"

  28. Chris Losada on December 27, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    This intro has to be the best segway to a sponsor ever….. love it

  29. Jayanth K. Dass on December 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you very very much for uploading such an informative video. I request you to please show some effective technique to cut absolutely straight or circle line.Regards!

  30. Stanley60wang on December 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Very educational nd thank you

  31. cgn on December 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you, Steve!!

  32. Abdulla on December 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Steve, Thanks a lot. I’ve been following your vids recently which encouraged me to step in in woodworking world, bought an electrical Jigsaw (450w) and a 4ft piece of 3/4" plywood, have no other tools and stuffs for working.. tried to cut straight piece following the straight pencil mark.. guess what ? As my first ever woodworking..it came perfectly …wavy and beveled😁 .. however I’m happy getting myself into this and BIG THANKS to you for your awesome vids .. 👍

    However, once I pulled the blade out, it was bent at about 30-40 deg..! not sure why, maybe i was putting my whole muscles into it..


  33. SnowBorn1 on December 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Teeth pointing down can cause you saw to jump or skip if it binds on the wood. This would cause the saw to be pushed up.
    And upward blade doesn’t have this problem as the saw would just get pulled into you work piece.

  34. JustACrochet Mum on December 27, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    But when I use my jig saw the wood shatters 🙁 how can I fix that?)

  35. Bulag na Bandido on December 27, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    can you do ripcuts with jigsaw?

  36. PBS on December 27, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Hello! Most blades cut on the upward stroke such that they tend to press the saw shoe against the board, whereas a downward-cutting blade will push the board off. Additionally, if the action is done upward, it pulls on the blade and straightens it (like a japanese handsaw). On the other hand, cutting downward means cutting while compressing the blade, and it has more chance to flex for a given thickness.

    By the way, circular saws also cut in the upward motion, as the blade goes up where it cuts, also pulling the board tightly against the shoe.

  37. Jason savage on December 27, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    I just bought a jigsaw and just trying to cut 1×4 and it keeps jumping off on me before it even cuts. Why would it be doing that?

  38. J Payne on December 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Hey Steve, I noticed when you make interior cuts on a piece of wood you drill a hole first and then start your cut by placing your blade in the hole. What if you want to maintain the integrity and whole shape of the interior piece? I will be using it as lid that I can take off and access the inside contents of a box. Whats the best way to make that kind of cut? Thanks for all of the great content, I have learned so much by watching your videos.

  39. Rocky on December 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    You are genius

  40. Tim Lavin on December 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Jesus loves you Stephen and I do to… always gain insight from your concise videos

  41. Richard Kirkpatrick on December 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for the video. One thing to add is that it’s important to select the correct blade for the material that is being cut. For example don’t use a wood blade for harder materials like laminate or metal as you risk damaging your blade and injury.

  42. Mike Tucker on December 27, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    If this tip was already mentioned, sorry for the duplication. I admit I didn’t go through all 1500 comments!
    Most jig saws come with an edge guide that attaches to the shoe with a screw and wing nut. As an edge guide I don’t find it very useful (much better off using a circular saw for an outside straight cut). However, you will notice that it has a pin sticking up on the opposite side of the edge fence. Flip it over, tighten it down and drill a hole in the work piece. Now you can cut a perfect circle.

  43. Mark Feiner on December 27, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I’ve been using a jig saw forever. But when using a fence for a straight cut, the cut is never straight. The blade always wants to wander off the cut line, usually toward the fence. Why is that? Cheap tool….worn out…??

  44. Ryan MacEwen on December 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Seems convention that the cutting teeth are typically cut by pressing toward the shoe/baseplate of saw. This is why the jigsaw blades typically cut upwards. Hand circular saws, cut upwards toward plate. Table saws cut doward toward table (at leading edge of blade, front of table). Sawzall, cuts toward shoe. This way the wood is supported by the plate of the tool as it tears the wood. Just my observations 😉

  45. Dabhand Vindy on December 27, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you so much for this

  46. Edmundo Juarez Violante on December 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    No, no, no, pues no te entiendo nada. A duras penas entiendo el español.

  47. Miss Molly on December 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you so much for those I love my jigsaw.

  48. Renaissance Man on December 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I just bought my first jigsaw a new Makita JV0600 can you use t shank blades with it? The manual says B type blades but never heard of those blades on the saw before.

  49. Mike Carrington on December 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    My jigsaw doesn’t cut at exactly 90º, and you can’t use it with a guide. Is that usual, my lack of skill, or a sign that I should buy a better jigsaw?

  50. Ke Sa on December 27, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Love the jigsaw!