The advent of the jigsaw has pretty much brought about a revolution in the wood cutting game. This versatile device has the capability of reducing your day to day cutting tasks to a cinch. It can carry out almost every domestic and commercial task without much human effort. However, it must be taken care that the jigsaw is being handled properly for a particular task. With a plethora of attachments also available, it becomes vital to know how they must be put to work.
In this guide, we touch upon the procedure of cutting a hole with the help of your jigsaw. With your machine by your side, follow the steps that we have worked out as under to carve out a perfect hole.
Step one – Draw a circle on your specimen
When you go about carving a circle with a jigsaw, you must mark guidelines. You can make use of a circular stencil or a trammel head with a pencil to draw a circumference along which a hole is to be cut.
Step two – Or, go for a guide tool
In case you are not really fond of step one, you may consider going for a guide made specifically for a jigsaw. This guide essentially has a ruler attached to it. Use this ruler to set the radius of the hole you intend to carve. This idea eliminates step one.
Step three – Begin with a starter hole
Once you have drawn a circle as in step one, you need to plunge a small hole into the specimen, within the boundary of the guideline. This hole should be broad enough to accommodate the blade attached with your jigsaw.
However, if you plan to begin cutting at the edge of the specimen, you may not need a starter hole as the blade can easily travel.
When you consider step two, your placement of the starter hole should be more precisely defined, keeping in mind the restricted motion provided by the accessory.
Step four – Running the machine to cut the hole
Having marked the starter hole and guideline, insert the blade of the jigsaw into the former as you move along the latter. Before you start, allow the jigsaw some time to attain speed before you go on to carve the hole.
You are advised not to rush into the process as it can not only distort the required geometry but also pose certain threats due to mishandling of the device. Be patient with the work and wait for good results.
In case you follow step two, place the center pin at the center of the circle. Allow the jigsaw blade to settle into the starter hole. Now turn your device on. Use one of your hands to keep the pin in place and the other hand to run the jigsaw in a perfect circle.
Hence, you have carved out a circle using your jigsaw. The task may have looked easy, but when it comes to handling an intricate device such as a jigsaw, some things have to be taken care of. However, this guide has made it easier than it is. Happy carving!