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  1. Kirk
    October 21, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    My hero! I’m newer to woodworking and have wondered why my jigsaw is so angry! I see other people make smooth, clean cuts, but my saw wants to jump all over the place. I’ll be dialing down the orbital action this weekend 🙂

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  2. Sheldon Ross
    October 21, 2016 @ 11:58 am

    One thing you glossed a bit over, get a quality blade. The standard blades included with most jigsaws are pretty terrible. The U-shank ones you show look to be examples of this. I love the bosch xtra-clean blades, I’m sure there are others, but in general try to find ones that have a crosscut style blade (flat outside, alternating bevel inside, rather than the standard rip-cut style blades.

    Another useful tip, you can use your jigsaw base along a fence to create an accurate strait cut. I actually do this with a new blade on my tabletops as I can actually get a cleaner cut with it than with my circular saw.

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  3. Sheldon Ross
    October 21, 2016 @ 12:02 pm

    Yet another tip, for better control, I’d recommend a barrel type jigsaw, as opposed to the D-handle type Steve shows. The hand control is generally better, and it feels more natural.

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  4. Berta Moreton
    October 21, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    It is important that the handle is comfortable for you. My hands are small, the barrel is too big for me. I understand most woodworkers are men with large hands. Some of us are girls, or have small hands.

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  5. Barry. England
    October 21, 2016 @ 10:10 pm

    When the blade cuts on the upstroke it pulls the saw into the wood. Conversely if it cuts on the downstroke it kicks the saw away from the wood. It is much safer and easier to control when cutting on the upstroke. Anymore furniture making projects on the way?

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  6. holzopa
    October 22, 2016 @ 1:26 am

    I use saw blades which cut on the upstroke. whenever possible I run the saw on the underside of the workpiece.

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  7. Brian Bowker
    October 28, 2016 @ 1:49 pm

    Thanks for this Steve. Really useful.
    I’d like to see something similar on the band saw.

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  8. Dave Caunt
    October 30, 2016 @ 4:21 am

    I started with an old black and decker cored jigsaw many years ago. It made a lot of projects. Last year I got a cordless for Christmas. I may never use the old one again. Not having a cord is just great. no tugging an extension cord and worrying about cutting it is the way to go. The 18 volt battery will last longer than you will.

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  9. Bill
    November 1, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

    I have an old old Craftsman scroll saw that I used to love to use. It needs U type blades but I never had any trouble with it. I can’t find any blades for it any more so it is boxed up under my work bench.
    I have looked at newer types like the one in the video but never purchased one. I have found that I really haven’t needed it. (Yet)

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  10. Jonathan Steave
    August 24, 2017 @ 5:03 am

    Great working!!! These posts are indeed precious indeed. Found another great article with beautiful pictures about how to choose and use a multitool. The jigsaw is doing best. I use a Dewalt DW317 jigsaw. It is cutting fast and versatile.

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  11. OSCAR JOSE ALFARO RODRIGUEZ
    October 11, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    Great video, thank you very much. I wonder if I could use some of your tips for making a spanish channel for woodworking, thank you in advance

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