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Old 07-17-2012, 01:34 AM   #16
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I think its about time I own a Jigsaw anyway, so Im going to buy one tomorrow.

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I have a B&D 2 speed and it works fine. Supposedly comes with blades so you won't have to buy http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog.../category/684/

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There is a tool out there to do just about and operation and any quality from "That'll do" to That's perfect"
The big shops use a CNC router fast efficient and perfect.
The DIYers would use the tool he has or the tool suited for the quality cut he needs.
1] A router is going to give the cleanest cut but requires a jig and set up
2] A cordless circular saw is the next best with a relatively clean cut, can be eyeballed and cut from both sides of the board.
3] A jigsaw is also effective but gives the roughest cut.

Ask yourself "What tools do I have...what quality cut do I need and how fast do I want to do it?"

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There is a tool out there to do just about and operation and any quality from "That'll do" to That's perfect"
The big shops use a CNC router fast efficient and perfect.
The DIYers would use the tool he has or the tool suited for the quality cut he needs.
1] A router is going to give the cleanest cut but requires a jig and set up
2] A cordless circular saw is the next best with a relatively clean cut, can be eyeballed and cut from both sides of the board.
3] A jigsaw is also effective but gives the roughest cut.

Ask yourself "What tools do I have...what quality cut do I need and how fast do I want to do it?"

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Thanks Mike. Yes, I know about CNC machines. Ive seen them used with acrylics for a large amount of aquarium parts.

I went out and bought a Jigsaw today. It comes with a t-shank blade. Its a rough cutter but I'll sand the hole down afterwards. Should be just fine.
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The trick to using a jig saw is good blades. The Bosch t-shanks are hard to beat. Most of the rest stink. Oh yeah, once the good blades get dull, they stink too.

Practice plunge cutting on a piece of scrap. Once you get the hang of it, you'll never drill a starter hole again.
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The trick to using a jig saw is good blades. The Bosch t-shanks are hard to beat. Most of the rest stink. Oh yeah, once the good blades get dull, they stink too.

Practice plunge cutting on a piece of scrap. Once you get the hang of it, you'll never drill a starter hole again.
Thanks for the tip.
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A new fine tooth metal cutting blade will give you a much cleaner cut and will work fine for what you're doing.
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A new fine tooth metal cutting blade will give you a much cleaner cut and will work fine for what you're doing..
I wish I would have known. Maybe i'll order one now and wait for it. I really wanted to finish this today.
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If you tape the area with masking tape it'll keep the chipping to a minimum.
Remove tape immediately after cutting.

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I wish I would have known. Maybe i'll order one now and wait for it. I really wanted to finish this today.
Why would you need to order it?

I live in the middle of nowhere and still have a hardware store close by.
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I would plunge cut with my circular saw without overcutting and finish with my jigsaw. Hand saw will work in place of a jigsaw if you don't have one. And it is harder to make a straight clean cut with a jigsaw than a circular saw.
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I went out and bought a Jigsaw today. It comes with a t-shank blade. Its a rough cutter but I'll sand the hole down afterwards. Should be just fine.
Great choice. To cut your 6" hole, I doubt you would have been happy buying a circular saw...
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Great choice. To cut your 6" hole, I doubt you would have been happy buying a circular saw...
I own a circular saw. I made about 12 cuts with it today. After all this time owing it, I finally found the sweet spot to line up the blade perfectly. Ive always thought the saw was just messed up but Ive finally got it.
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Both have there place but for the very occasional use I'd go with a jig saw. YOu can cut straigth with a jig saw but it is hard to cut (but not impossible) curves with a circular saw.

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