Dust Off Your Jigsaw And Get Ready To Use It On Fine Furniture!!!

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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 01-17-2009 05:08 AM 2575 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys. While reviewing a new Starrett tool promotion at work, I noticed a new jigsaw blade. Knowing that Starrett sells jigsaw, bandsaw, and hole saw blades, I was interested. So I went to their website, and found them. It seems they are neutral in the center, have teeth going down on the down stroke, and teeth directed up on the up stroke. I thought this was ingenious, and wished I had invented it!! I can’t speak for other woodworkers, but I seldom use my jigsaw on furniture due to the blade chipping out the wood on the bottom. I think this is a viable solution, and may very well resurrect the jigsaw!! See for yourself!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 05:20 AM

Interesting. Would probably work okay in engineered wood (particle board, ply, etc), but I would think that cutting harder wood on the down-stroke is going to make the saw jump all over the place.

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 05:28 AM

Glen Huey says to lower the speed on hardwoods. He routinely cuts dovetails with his jigsaw! I don’t know, but I’ve got some on order!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Peter Oxley

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 05:31 AM

Let us know how they work out! I’d be really interested.

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 05:42 AM

If Bosch quit making “clean edge” blades, I’d probably try another brand. But until that time, it’s all Bosch, all the time. Using the barrel grip 6.4 amp bosch jigsaw and their clean edge blades, I can cut an edge on a sheet of 3/4 plywood that is glass smooth. I mean smooth, defect free, glass, with no fuzz on either side, and certainly no chip out. It is just scary the quality of the cut. I can also trim a 6” long 1/32 to 1/16 shaving off that same sheet of plywood. Don’t settle for less. Your results will probably not vary much.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 01-17-2009 06:17 AM

yes, please let me know how it goes. thanks for posting this. I’m intrigued. just when you think there are no “simple” ideas left, someone has something like this.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 01:33 PM

This is an interesting post. I will be looking forward to a review of the blade.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-17-2009 02:17 PM

My Bosch jigsaw has always been an indespensable tool. You can build a house with one. The latest thing i figured out is coping 5 1/2” crown mould in about 30 seconds with it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 01-17-2009 03:21 PM

miles , way to go son ! lol i bought my barrel handle bosh at least 12 yr ago specificly to cope large crown !
still works great with only a new cord replacement 1 yr ago . id certainly try out the double cut blade tho if they make them for a bosch . im always open to something new . let us know how they work thx .

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#9 posted 01-17-2009 05:19 PM

Here is a good little blip on the bosch blades. They are well trusted and also cut on the up and down stroke.

I am curious is Starret actually makes these blades or if they are just branded. Sorry, I am always suspicious when a company know for certain tools releases something out in left field. Know what I mean?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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John Gray

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#10 posted 01-17-2009 07:22 PM

I ordered the blades from Amazon this morning and got free shipping because I ordered Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 too. If your order is over $25.00 and is shipped from Amazon’s warehouse the shipping is free.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 03-31-2009 04:50 AM

I used to have some scroll saw blades that were made the same way . How are your new blades working out for you ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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matt garcia

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#12 posted 03-31-2009 05:09 AM

I had a POS Craftsman jigsaw that couldn’t cut butter, even with a laser guide!! So I bought a Makita 4351FCT. That is a JIGSAW!! With that jigsaw, and the Starrett blade, I made some splinter free cuts on both sides of the plywood!! Makita makes some great tools!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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