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Forum topic by jpc posted 03-21-2011 07:08 PM 922 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2011 07:08 PM

hello all, thanks in advance for any info or advice, my problem is when cutting with my jig saw , using 3/4 material , for instance im building an island for my home, im cutting the notch on the side panels for the recessed toe, im dead on on my scribbed line but the bottom of the material its as if the blade wandered on me,, when i first started woodworking, i thought it was because i bought a cheapo, but have since gotten a nice porter cable with the same results, so now im thinking its something im doing or my technique is wrong, anybody got any schooling for me, thanks

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 08:59 PM

Two things come to mind, you are possibly not keeping the saw perfectly flat on the workpiece when cutting or you are using a poor quality blade. As far as blades go, I use the Bosch T234 Progressor Blades for the vast majority of my work. It’s easy to tilt the saw especially when making curve cuts but practice will solve that. One other thing, don’t try and go too fast, slow and steady will give you better results.

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 09:03 PM

First of all, make sure the base is perpendicular to the blade. I don’t know about yours, but most jig saws have bases that tilt, and can be off. Also make sure you use the right blade for the job. Most blades will give the recommended usage on the package. I own a DeWalt jig saw, which many consider a good brand , but the blade on it will walk badly. My Bosch however, cuts true.

I hope this helps, if not let me know and we will try plan B


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#3 posted 03-21-2011 09:06 PM

THose were my thoughts also, so a went and got some better quality blades, and this weekend with the knotch out had the same results, so that points squarely at how im doing it, being so focussed on the blade and overlooking the bottom place of the saw,and i also catch myself pushing the saw rather than let it do its think like its suppose to ,, practice it is, thanks alot

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