When You Only Have a Jigsaw to Make a Straight Cut

When You Only Have a Jigsaw to Make a Straight Cut

I know a lot of you have limited access to tools. So today’s video is about working with the one tool you have, the jigsaw. When you only have a jigsaw to make a straight cut, it can be challenging to get an acceptable looking cut. With a few tips, you can make your jigsaw cut straight and clean.

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50 Comments

  1. Morpheus Spirit on February 9, 2023 at 4:55 am

    Excellent video!! All the very best in quality:- precise, good video guide, great explanation and short.



  2. Sienna 🀍 on February 9, 2023 at 4:56 am

    Makes so much sense. My confidence is up after this



  3. Terry Lynn on February 9, 2023 at 4:56 am

    GREAT ADVICE!! THANKU!! LUV THE MEASURING SECTION!! URA GREAT TEACHER!!πŸ’žπŸ‘πŸ˜‡



  4. AD Associates on February 9, 2023 at 4:57 am

    Great video, I don’t know but I πŸ˜…am never be able to cut it straight, even with a guide, blade always run straight then start twisted, wandering



  5. john Mutton on February 9, 2023 at 4:58 am

    I use festoon blades in all my jigsaws, they are far stiffer!



  6. Mike Carrington on February 9, 2023 at 4:59 am

    My experience is that the blade will tend to wander. I have seen people suggesting that this also happens with bandsaws. Is there any way to minimise this?



  7. Regina Odomes on February 9, 2023 at 5:00 am

    You are an amazing teacher!!!! Im so happy I found your channel!!



  8. Marc Babin on February 9, 2023 at 5:00 am

    Doors?



  9. bilal haidar on February 9, 2023 at 5:00 am

    I have tried many times to cut straight with jig saw but every time I get nervous and unsuccessful



  10. Glynis on February 9, 2023 at 5:01 am

    Thanks for this, great video.



  11. thisIsSERBIA on February 9, 2023 at 5:01 am

    Very nice directions. Whenever I use a jigsaw and ruler to support one side of jigsaw foot, or a guide supporting both sides of jigsaw foot, I get inuppropriate results, the blade goes under angle.
    To summarize the video, using thick, wide (and sharp) blade, in one continuous pass (with moderate or weaker pressure) might be the winning combination. Still for long cuts always circular saw with guide jig, or table saw are proper tools.
    Very good video, thanks.



  12. Chris Parsons on February 9, 2023 at 5:02 am

    No LGBTQ+ cuts here.



  13. Jan SkΓ‘celΓ­k on February 9, 2023 at 5:05 am

    Every tutorial shows use of just one guide. What about putting the jigsaw between two guides?



  14. alis hughes on February 9, 2023 at 5:05 am

    Great video! Thxs



  15. Bradonomous on February 9, 2023 at 5:06 am

    OMG thank you so much. Just had to do a cut for a project and it’s the cleanest cut I’ve ever done!!!!



  16. Nick Liberto on February 9, 2023 at 5:06 am

    A goo video.



  17. John Strawb on February 9, 2023 at 5:07 am

    @Training Hands Academy 0:50 – what you mean to say is, A jigsaw cuts on the upstroke which creates tear out on the side you’re cutting *_from._* The side _facing you_ is where tear out occurs.
    1:30 – another helpful tip: Make a SINGLE pencil mark. When you go back and forth all you do is create a thick line that misleads you about the exact point from which you wish to cut.
    1:40 – these statements are murky indeed. Make it clear what the piece is that you’re planning to cut and retain for further use, and what that piece’s dimensions will be after the cut. If it’s the 2" wide piece, as you seem to indicate, you set up the cut in such a manner that the only way your jigsaw can waver is _into_ the 2" wide piece you want to retain, thus spoiling it. Any time you use a straightedge, you set it up so that if the saw veers it veers into that part of the wood you won’t need, such that you can fix the erroneous cut by sanding or cutting away the error, the excess.



  18. Dell Anderson on February 9, 2023 at 5:08 am

    And most importantly, use a Bosch jig saw for a smooth cut! πŸ˜‰



  19. Chris Vincent on February 9, 2023 at 5:09 am

    Unrelated to the wood work, I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only person who works around the house in crocs and socks



  20. Kanta Ram Baro on February 9, 2023 at 5:11 am

    What if you don’t already have a straight wood



  21. Robin Bernstein on February 9, 2023 at 5:11 am

    Thanks. Good video. Please could you explain how I could cut a small wooden log in straight thin pieces to make wooden coasters? My jigsaw guide line is too far away from the blade. Thanks on advance



  22. Hemant Girkar-Charya on February 9, 2023 at 5:15 am

    Succinct demonstration. Well-made. Very useful. Thank you for making this video.



  23. Rockey Singh on February 9, 2023 at 5:16 am

    short, clear, and to the point. Well done brother.



  24. Phillip Pearce on February 9, 2023 at 5:17 am

    πŸ‘



  25. Australia4031 on February 9, 2023 at 5:18 am

    Good information. Thanks for posting



  26. Peace Journey on February 9, 2023 at 5:20 am

    Cutting a sink hole into a laminated table, what saw will do the job? The table has some bracing boards underneath, and I don’t see any way to clamp a straight edge board. Afraid if cutting it with a jigsaw, may warp and break the saw?



  27. siddesh gandhe on February 9, 2023 at 5:21 am

    As per video title, I have only tool to cut straight is jigsaw as i m afraid of circular saw
    But I built 2 racks and one big cupboard only using jigsaw and drill and his techniques are the only option to cut straight



  28. P Robinson on February 9, 2023 at 5:24 am

    Super video! Thanks for posting.



  29. Kanishka .B on February 9, 2023 at 5:25 am

    Under 5mins, straight to the point… well appreciated. Thank you!
    I’m deciding on buying a jigsaw for DIY work, but I also planning on doing some cupboards myself.



  30. Jessica Cole on February 9, 2023 at 5:29 am

    Good job. Thanks



  31. Michael Breskin on February 9, 2023 at 5:29 am

    Thanks so much.



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  33. Gulam on February 9, 2023 at 5:32 am

    Thank you so much sir I got my first jigsaw thank u



  34. WorksInTheory on February 9, 2023 at 5:33 am

    The right blade… check! A straightedge clamp… check! Even vet the same exact jigsaw in the video…. check! Straight cut… um I don’t know what happened. Seems to want to wander from the line… unfortunately I also learned that you prefer it to wander to your waste side vs your good side… Maybe too much pressure trying to ensure it sticks to the fence?



  35. Doug Haber on February 9, 2023 at 5:34 am

    If the errors show up in beginning and end, then along with adding extra length on the guide, use a board that is longer than needed and then time to size after the cut, getting rid of the beginning and end inch or so.



  36. Abdo Za Deldo on February 9, 2023 at 5:35 am

    That cut was too straight, so is your video to the point.



  37. Student Berry on February 9, 2023 at 5:37 am

    Ong thank you!



  38. Roddy Riddle on February 9, 2023 at 5:37 am

    Thank you for the video!! Excellent instructions!!



  39. Terri Jefferson on February 9, 2023 at 5:42 am

    Dude! You explained that so easily and so well! Thank you!!!]



  40. Amy Young on February 9, 2023 at 5:43 am

    Super helpful and exactly what I wanted to know, in a compact video. Thanks very much!



  41. Janice A on February 9, 2023 at 5:44 am

    what kind of work surface can I use if I don’t have a ‘table’ like the one you’re using? Can I just use some saw horses or something? thanks



  42. aviduke on February 9, 2023 at 5:45 am

    This is amazing



  43. Adam Malek on February 9, 2023 at 5:46 am

    Thank you for your good idea. It help me a lot….



  44. Fred on February 9, 2023 at 5:46 am

    You can NOT make a straight cut with a jigsaw without spending an unreasonable amount of effort. In fact, the jig saw is completely useless IMO. Use a router for curves and use a rotary saw for straight cuts.

    As a beginner DIYer who has struggled quite a bit with tool selection, I recommend wired mitre saw + battery multimaterial plunge saw (safer than circular saws) + battery handheld router + battery random orbital sander + battery drill + battery impact driver.

    Those tools have me covered for all my amateur needs. Total budget 750-1000.



  45. Ben Robinson on February 9, 2023 at 5:47 am

    If you can, make sure you are not going to hit any knots, which can deflect the blade



  46. Danny McDermott on February 9, 2023 at 5:48 am

    Thanks! Really useful. I messed up with circular saw and need to fix it.



  47. Socks In Crocks on February 9, 2023 at 5:48 am

    @1:30… nice safety boots.



  48. stalk9r on February 9, 2023 at 5:50 am

    Thanks so much! I learned something new!



  49. From the Research Chair on February 9, 2023 at 5:50 am

    You rock. This is very helpful and is exactly what I needed.



  50. π™ˆπ™§.π™π™§π™šπ™šπ™’π™–π™£ on February 9, 2023 at 5:50 am

    I never use a tape measure for measuring things that are 1m or shorter because of how inaccurate tape measures are, always use a combination of a square with a ruler for the best results!