I'm an amateur wookworker, and do not have a whole lot of tools in my
possession. However, a do have the basic tools.
I am looking for tricks to make a curved edge sawed with a jigsaw look
Whenever i saw a curved edge on a board for exemple, i first draw the curved
edge i want to cut, and then saw along the edge slowly with my jigsaw. In
tricky areas along the saw path (e.g. tight curves), i try to clear the
drawn edge maybe 2 millimeters, so i can file it afterwards down to the
I find this technique tiresome, and i find it hard to achieve a
mathematically smooth and continuous edge.
If your suggestions include using a flush trim router bit, don't hesistate,
cause i just purchased one.
Also, at what speed should i set my jigsaw when sawing a complex (non
straight) edge??? I've been sawing with my jigsaw speed set at MAX. Any
reasons why I shouldn't? If not, what are these slower speed settings for
Thanks in advance for the tips.
Generally, a slower speed makes for easier control. But you leave out an
important bit of information: jigsaws are one tool where all the hype about
"buy the best and only cry once" is true. What brand are you using?
Unless you're using a router table, the bearing on the flush trim router bit is
going to follow the surface you've already cut.
"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other
is pulling up." Booker T. Washington
not too bad an approach. you'll likely find it easier to "fair" the
curve on a template than on the actual workpiece.
some words to do searches on:
a good tool. got a router to put it in? <G>
now you need to practice making templates.
depends on material, thickness, hardness, etc. experiment and use what
First make a template of the curve with appropriate thickness mdf. The more
effort you put in the template, the happier you will be with the final
To make the template, layout the curve and use the band/jig saw and a rasp
to rough cut, then sandpaper glued to flexible strips to the smooth the
curve _exactly_ as you want it.
Once the template is to your satisfaction, use it layout the curve on the
workpieces, band/jig saw to rough cut the curve, then, with double sided
tape to hold the template and workpiece together, finish up with your
router and flush trim bit ... preferably on a router table.
If possible, design your template, and rough cut your workpieces, a bit
oversize past both ends of the curve, then trim the workpiece to final size
after routing, thereby removing any tearout on end grain or at end of router
i've got a VERY basic jigsaw. it's a Black & Decker corded jigsaw, that i
got for very cheap (50 canadian bucks).
I imagine these jigsaws are considered absolute crap to the experienced
woodworker, but it seems to work fine for the occasional use i make of it.
the difference between that and a high end saw is remarkable.
if you're using it only to rough cut before trimming with the router
you may not care, and high end machines are expensive. a high end
jigsaw will still not do as clean or accurate a job as a router and
So did I... I had a $35 USD Craftsman special for years. Then I
borrowed a good Bosch. The difference was amazing. I bought the
Milwaukee for myself and invested in good blades.
If you want to improve your results - consider buying a better saw.
But even then I get the best results out of (a) using a bandsaw
instead and/or (b) using an Oscillating Spinder Sander after the cut.
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