Don't do this with a Jig Saw

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Blog entry by Chase posted 03-24-2013 08:48 PM 3315 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am well on my way to having a nice new workbench when i hit a snag. I have the table top all glued up and need to trim the ends off. My circular saw is on loan to a friend a few hours from here, so I decided to try and use my jig saw with a guide and long blade. Big mistake!

At first the blade skipped off the guide bearing and started digging in towards the center. Then, even with it set right the blade began to dig towards the center again and broke the t-shake off inside my saw. Now I have to figure out how to get that out. So I ruined at least 3 inches of the table, and will be with out a circular saw for a few weeks at least.

I have been watching a lot of Paul Sellers and Roy Underhill recently, so I decided to try and hand saw it. I went out, picked up a stanley saw, set up my knife wall via Paul’s instructions, climbed up on the table, and went to town. In our 90deg florida spring, I worked up one hell of a sweat. It came out pretty well though.

There is still some damaged section, but I am going to cap this with some oak. Planning on putting an end vise across this end of the table. Then again, the top isnt fixed yet, so if I screw up the squareness too badly i can always flip it around. That much hand sawing felt like an accomplishment, I should do that more often.


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 08:52 PM

YIKES! That’s a lot of hand-sawing to have to do. I’m not too sure my arm(s) woulda taken that kind of punishment! :-)

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 09:04 PM

No lie, my arm was tired by the end. Had to take my shirt off too. That must have been quite the sight for my neighbors, “Shirtless kilt guy on top of table sawing his heart out”.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 10:05 PM

Too bad the jig saw wandered so far of course, but nice recovery with the hand saw. Sometimes the old ways offer viable alternatives. I hope nobody recorded the shirtless kilt guy from behind, it’ll show up on Youtube.
Enjoy your new hard earned bench, cause like Stumpy says: “you’ve earned it my friend.”

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 10:11 PM

Nice Save, the bench looks good. I can only imagine how tired you were as I use a handsaw to make fence repairs aat work and after the 6th board or so I am pretty sore.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 11:05 PM

MAN!!! If that had been me you would have heard me from my house cussing like a sailor. Crap that gets me mad in a hurry. Thank God I settle down fast.

I had similar issues with my jig saw only to find that the shift that holds the blade was canted and would not cut straight. Ridgid replaced it for me.

Next time give me a call, since we live in the same town, you could have used my circ saw.

And yes, I could not believe it hit 89 degrees today according to my temp display in the car.

And oh… nice looking work despite the Faux pase

-- Harold

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 11:14 PM

Chase – just read your comment. so you were shirtless AND in a kilt??

BTW – I checked out those kilts. They are nice. I just don’t know that I have the “nads” to wear it. Perhaps if I drank some Irish Whiskey…

-- Harold

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 01:39 AM

Just goes to show the truth of the old wisdom concerning jig saws: the saw that does everything, but does nothing well.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 01:50 PM

Good save! Moral of the story, don’t loan your tools!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 03:09 PM

That’s a lot of trouble to have to go to because you loaned a tool out. A long time ago I decided that Motto number one is that I don’t loan tools to anyone. I break the rule every now and then but not often. I generally regret breaking the motto every time I do for one reason or other. I’m sorry about your trouble.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 03-26-2013 06:00 PM

I suspect the temperature was more tiring than the actual sawing. You did a good job sawing it and with the cap on the jigsaw accident will be out of sight.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-29-2013 04:57 AM

Hi Chase! I’m not a fan of the jig-saw either!! However working up that sweat with the hand-saw was well worth it, as I am sure you will really love the finished workbench … and it will serve you well too!!!
I’m looking forward … (and I’m sure you are more than ready) ... to you getting right into ‘workshop mode’!!
Passing along my good luck wishes for that to happen!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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