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Old 12-19-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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I am attempting to cut a curved end on a 4" x 8" plank. My vintage U-shank jig saw won't cut it. (pardon the pun) Blades not long enough. Circular saw makes a mess. Forget hand tools. Might be a good excuse for a reciprocating saw. Would a reciprocating saw do the job. I used a 8" pie plate to make my curve.

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You need a jig saw.
This is just a picture to show the type of saw.

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You can get longer blades for these
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Thanks for the replys. I am a little confused though. My old Skilsaw jigsaw has a hard time cutting through 2" stock with a new blade (Bosch U234X) It doesn't stall, it just won't cut well. Real slow.
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Sorry I miss read the dimensions of your board. I now see that it is 4" thick. That is a different animal.

Here is one way to go;

Make a plywood pattern just a bit smaller than you need. Clamp it to the top of the board and use a router with a guide collar and a couple different lengnths of straight bits. Making several passes with each one til you are within an inch or less of cutting all the way through.

Then switch to a bottom bearing flush trimming bit and flip the board over and use the previous ct as the pattern to finish up. Sand smooth.

Or just get a long blade for a jig saw and use a belt sander to square the cut. The jig saw will cut it but will be way out of square. The router will cut square but you need all the stuff.

I hope this helps, no easy way to do this with minimal tools.
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You might call a wood working shop in the area and see what they'll charge to cut it with a bandsaw or similar. Might be worth it.
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Yes, and the board is 10' long. Cumbersome. Will a new Bosch jigsaw do it? I can't get longer u-shank blades for my old Skilsaw. Will the recip saw do better?
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I took the dog for a walk and changed my mind again on my recommendation.

I would use a skil saw making several passes from both sides working close to my line.

When i felt I did the best I can with that, I would clean up with a belt sander.

Two tools and 10-15 minutes, you are there.
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Thanks. I will do that.
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Good advice from Augie

If you were going to do a number of cuts in 4" material I would recommend using a Festool Jigsaw

I have that saw and it is expensive, but it can do more than any other jigsaw especially with those 5" blades.

The model I have is this one:http://www.onlinetoolreviews.com/rev...oolPS300EQ.htm
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I took the dog for a walk and changed my mind again on my recommendation.

I would use a skil saw making several passes from both sides working close to my line.

When i felt I did the best I can with that, I would clean up with a belt sander.

Two tools and 10-15 minutes, you are there.
This is probably the best way seeing as you dont have a bandsaw.

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