A Jigsaw is an effective power tool, but of course, in the hands of a novice, this may not be the case. Such tools can be dangerous unless you give the job in hand sufficient attention and initially the end result may not be what you had hoped for.

Just what is a Jigsaw?

In simple terms a Jigsaw is a power tool that will enable you to quickly and effectively cut a variety of metals. Unlike a traditional hand saw a Jigsaw uses a variety of blades to cut different materials and allows the user to cut intricate patterns or follow very straight lines.

As a Jigsaw blade move svery rapidly, a serious cut could happen easily and quickly, which means that you must plan the job well and be confident with this power tool.

These days power tools, such as Jigsaws, are used by both sexes and for a mulitude of metal working, woodworking or craft jobs.

Things You Will Need

A Jigsaw

Materials to cut



A steady hand

A suitable working area

To follow simple health and safety guidelines

Step 1

Working area

Assess your working area for hazards. You will need to have enough space to work comfortably and safely. If you have a roomy garage or shed this could be perfect.

Ensure that there is nothing such as a trailing cable for you to trip over.

The area will need to be well lit and well ventilated. The ventilation will be important when you are cutting some materials.

Step 2

Practice makes perfect

Before you undertake any work with your Jigsaw, for the first time, have a dry run. Use your Jigsaw to cut a variety of shapes and lines in different materials. Experiement with the different blades. The time spent practising will be invaluable.

Buy cheap offcuts of suitable material from nearby DIY stores or timber merchants.

Do not undertake any serious jobs until you are confident. In the long run this advice will save you time and money.

Step 3

Power supply

Plug your power tool into a circuit breaker plug or socket.

If your power tool is one that operates without such a direct source of power, but when charged, take extra care.

Step 4


When you are changing the Jigsaw's blades, for example, ensure that it is properly turned off and disconnected from any power supply.

Always put your Jigsaw away properly after use.

Step 5

Saftey equipment

It may sound unnecessaryto wear some safety clothing but it is advisable.

Safety googles will protect your eyes from any flying debris or dust.

Good boots will mean that you have a firm footing.

A face mask which prevents you breathing in dust, and the like, is also adviseable.

Step 6

The right blade for the job

If you want to use your Jigsaw effectively and safely always use the correct blade for the job.

Store these blades out of reach of children and store them safely.

Step 7

Effective use of a Jigsaw

Draw the pattern you want to follow onto the material to be cut. Use a soft pencil to do this.

At times you may need to steady your arm against something which is stable or fixed.

Do not use pressure to push the blade heavily as you cut.

Instead gently ease the blade through the material.

Cut small lengths at a time.

Take yout time, do not rush and be patient.

If you take a break make sure that you leave the equipment in a safe condition.

A jigsaw is a great piece of kit if you use it sensibly. In recent years the price of such tools has become far more competitive. The best option is still to buy such a tool from an established retailer, so that any after sales problems can be easily addressed. A good brand tool may be a little more expensive but should last longer.

If you shop around any Sales you may be able to buy a Jigsaw for a good price.

Tips & Warnings

Take care

Be safety conscious

Never use such tools if you are unsteady or intoxicated.

Do not use a Jigsaw that is broken in any way.

There are many Jigsaws on the market with a range of price tags. Choose the right one for your needs.

Make sure that the lead is not in the path of the moving blade. Take extra care if you are left handed( Thanks to Sookie for this input)