Hi all, one simple question.
I have to cut a straight line in a piece of laminated wood. Should I
use the orbital motion or not? The wood is about 1 1/2" thick and
about 24 inches wide and I'd like to have a clear cut since this is
going to be my next laminated kitchen countertop.
Someone also suggested me to use blades intented for metal instead of
wood as they are more "gentle" when biting into the laminated wood,
can you confirm this?
thanks in advance, I don't have a lot of familiarity with these tools
Use a bosch "Progressor" blade for wood.
You can buy them here:
That have dozens of blade types for specific applications: you can drill
down to get specs here:
: Thanks for the links.
: I guess I'll have to delve into Bosch website and see what's right for
That's your best bet. Take a look at these, once you get to
Bosch's site - -they seem intended for that purpose:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)ήalt137844-20&linkCode=asn
I have used their new T308B blades on wood, and they're fantastic. Check
the Boch website for specs, and read the reviews here
(Amazon.com product link shortened)46296058&sr=8-1
I don;t know how they would work with laminate, but in wood they produce
a remarkably clean and smooth cut (for a jigsaw).
-- Andy Barss
Attempting to cut the above without "chipping" the melamine can be
iffy at best with a jig saw.
Use a good Bosch BiMetal blade that clears on the down stroke.
Bosch makes a 10 TPI down stroke blade specifically for this
I forgot the blade number but check the 101 family.
Tape the cut line with masking tape, especially the top surface and
TAKE YOUR TIME.
Cutting thru the tape will minimize the possibility of chipping.
If you rush things, the blade will bend outwards leaving a crapping
Any chance you have a router or know someone who has one?
A router is the surest way to get a square clean cut.
Don't worry! I will go as slow as I possibly can! Unfortunately I have
no router available, so I have to use the jigsaw and try to be as
careful as possible, with the help of some masking tape and a jig.
Looking at Bosch blades I think I'll go with a T308BF or a T101BRF as
a second choice. They have a blade specifically for laminates
(T101BIF) but I think it's too short for my board.
Sorry for reviving this old thread. Just to let you know that I
finally made the cut with the jigsaw on my countertop!
I used all the suggestions you gave me to make a straight cut (good
Bosch blades, very light forward pressure, no orbital motion, a piece
of wood as a guide, masking tape on the cut line, some protection
under the shoe of the jigsaw and above all, PATIENCE!).
The final result, though not perfect, is quite good!
The only difficulty I found, was in keeping the blade vertical: after
some cutting, the blade, while going inside the wood exactly on the
cut line, had a tendency not to cut exactly up-down. Maybe it is the
thickness of the wood, or I was pushing to hard against the guide and
didn't realize it. Fortunately the beveled part of the countertop is
Anyway, considering I never had a jigsaw in my hands before, I'm very
satisfied with the outcome!
Thanks again for your help!
Just a quick word of warning. The down stroke blade tends to drive the
whole saw away from the surface and quickly the blade is totally out of
the material. Just go slow, keep a good grip on the saw and practice first.
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