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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 09-22-2013 09:30 PM 1422 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2013 09:30 PM

Do you need a jigsaw for carpentry work? Like for framing house and trim work.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 09:33 PM

never leave home without it

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 09:46 PM

Does aRecip count?

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 10:03 PM

Framing? No way. Trim? Yes, if you want to do coped joints on baseboard or crown, but with the right miter and tilt on a miter saw even that is unnecessary, and a coping saw would suffice. If you buy one buy the Bosch with barrel grip.

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 10:03 PM

Killer…recip works. I shoot squirrels with my 30.06 all the time!!! No meat to speak of but they are dead.

Just kidding there of course but I reserve the recip for rough work. Cutting in sinks and inside squares the jigsaw does a much neater job and is easier to control (although it does remind me that I need to order a new base for my Bosch…for whatever reason the cast aluminum base warped to the point where it isn’t even close to flat…like 1/4” not flat on the right side of the front shoe…it’s never been dropped, it just decided that it didn’t like being flat).

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 10:29 PM

teejk you have a base on your jig saw? I haven’t seen the one for mine in about 5 years.

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 10:56 PM

I don’t do any type of woodworking where I leave the shop but my jig saws are invaluable and get used often.

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 10:59 PM

I keep mine handy at all times !

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 11:50 PM

I use a coping saw for coping molding joints.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 09-23-2013 12:02 AM

It’s a great tool to have in the arsenal.
Some curved cuts are too big or not possible on the bandsaw.

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 02:33 AM

Some curved cuts are too big or not possible on the bandsaw.

I’ve never used a bandsaw for rough framing.

For framing I have never used or needed a jig saw….it’s called rough framing for a reason. For trim and finish work I would say yes but it may not be an absolute necessity. Depends on the work.

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 02:39 AM

When I was framing/doing trimwork, I didn’t need it very often, but when I did, noting else would do…..

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 03:17 AM

Anyone use a Collins foot on their jig saw for coping molding?

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 05:11 AM

Depends on the type of work. For doing sink and cabinet
installs I wouldn’t want to be without one.

Get a good one. Unlike some power tools where inexpensive
models offer a good value, cheap jigsaws suck.


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#14 posted 09-23-2013 10:40 AM

I’m with Nite. Even though I work more now with steel I use it when I can’t use my bandsaws.
I work with 1/8 – 3/16 A2-D2-CM154 so it cuts fine with a good Morse or Metabo blade.
Just buy a real good one(Mi-Ma-De-Bo) and choose the blade wisely,.You’ll use it more than you think.Learn the adjustments well.VERY important.
A lot of people pull them out of the box, stuff in a garbage blade and try to cut immediately declaring “jig saws are junk”. These are the same morons that hate stick welders. The tool is quite often smarter than the owner. LOL

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#15 posted 09-23-2013 11:39 AM

Absolutely. Even framing, if you need an arch in something…

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