We understand that there are several special tools for cutting circles in wood, but that does not make it impossible to create a circle in wood without these tools. The jigsaw is known for its ability to perfect and smooth cuts, but many people are not aware that it can be used to cut a circle in wood.
Also, it is not likely that a DIY enthusiast or a beginner will have all the necessary woodwork tools. Most of all, many beginners find it difficult to cut circles in wood because they don’t have the right equipment. We want you to know that with a jigsaw, you can cut a perfect circle in wood. In fact, this write-up is meant to show you how to cut a circle in wood with a jigsaw. Ensure you choose the right blade for what you want to cut, and you should also make sure that your jigsaw is in top condition.
Steps involved in cutting a circle with a jigsaw:
Get a strong piece of wooden stick. The wood has to be longer than the radius of the circle that you are trying to cut.
Create two different holes at the two ends of the piece of wood. Make sure that the space between both holes is exactly the length of the radius of your circle. After creating the first hole, measure the length of the circle’s radius and mark out the location where you’ll create the second hole. One more thing – make sure both holes are big enough for a jigsaw’s blade.
The next step is to drill another hole at the center of the wood. Bear in mind that this center will also be the center of the circle that you want to cut out.
Nail down an end of the long wooden stick by driving down a nail through one hole of the wooden stick into the hole you created at the center of the wood. The nail will act like a pivot on which the circle will revolve.
At the other end of the wooden stick, position your jigsaw with its cutting blade passing through the hole in the stick. Position it firmly.
Switch on the jigsaw and begin to cut. The stick will act like the radius that will direct your cut line into a circular form. Cut it around and see how easy it is. If you have not done it before, we advise that you try it with some wood scraps. Try it a couple of times before you try it on your main piece of wood. Although it is quite easy when you get the hang of it, you could also make a mistake while practicing.
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Tips on how to properly use a jigsaw
It is not enough to be able to cut a circle with a jigsaw. You should also know how best to use a jigsaw. That’s why we have given some tips below.
Try it with scraps first
It is good that you understand your jigsaw very well before you start using it on a project. That’s why you must practice with it first if it is your first time. Get a feel of how it works. You should feel the intensity of its vibration so that you’ll know the amount of force you need to hold it in place. Also, you should find out how responsive its start/stop button is. By that, you will understand how many milliseconds it takes to stop when you stop it. The more you understand the jigsaw, the more you’ll get from it.
Buy recommended blades
No matter the quality of your jigsaw, you can’t get much from it if you feed it with low-quality blades. If you can part with some money to buy a great jigsaw, you should also try to buy high-quality blades for great and smooth cuts. In fact, the manufacturers of jigsaws usually recommend the best brand and model of blades for their jigsaw.
Here is why a high-quality blade is a must for you. Cheap blades are not durable. They get dull fast, and you may have to replace them very soon. Here is a helpful illustration. For illustration, let’s assume that a high-quality blade costs $30, and cheap ones cost $10. The recommended high-quality blade may last 5 times longer than the cheap one. That means while someone is using a $30 blade, you may have bought the cheap one 5 times (5 x $10 = $50). So, in the long run, the high-quality blade will cost you less. It will be more cost-effective.
Use the right speed
Jigsaws usually have multiple speeds. Different materials require different cutting speeds. The cutting speed required by acrylic is lower than the cutting speed for metals and wood. So, make sure you know the right cutting speed for each material. If you are confused about it, consult experts. Using the wrong cutting speed will impact the quality of your jobs negatively.
Learn what each blade is meant for
You must have a box of blades for your jigsaw. This is because different blades are meant for different tasks. If you don’t understand what each type of blade is meant for, you will be struggling with your cuts. In fact, you may even be blaming your shoddy jobs on the quality of your jigsaw. You must study the best blade for each type of cut before you start using it.
Change or sharpen dull blades quickly
Once you notice that any blade is dull, you can either sharpen it or replace it. Don’t continue to use it. The problem will continue to get worse. Also, sharpening your blade will only make the blade work for a few months longer, depending on its usage. The most effective solution for a dull blade is a replacement.
If you have been following this article from the beginning, you would have learned how to cut a circle in wood with a jigsaw, and you would have also learned a few tips to make the best use of your jigsaw.