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The road from Splinterville starts at the blade

Choose the right tooth count for the cuts you make. Blades with aggressive 6-tooth-per-inch (tpi) designs work great for sawing construction lumber, but cut too coarsely for woodworking project parts. Instead, select a 10- to 12-tpi blade for larger, gradual curves, or a 20-tpi blade for tight curves (1""set,""div-sm-article""0""div-sm-article""2""karma-lazy-lazy-leaderboard-fixed""div-gpt-lazy-leaderboard-fixed""leaderboard""ckeditor-entity-embed ckeditor-entity-embed--center image-embed-full""image-wrapper""Jigsaw on curved board""display: none;""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_large/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2014/01/BladeChart.jpg 1x""(min-width: 1024px)""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_medium/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2014/01/BladeChart.jpg 1x""(min-width: 768px)""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_small/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2014/01/BladeChart.jpg 1x""(min-width: 500px)""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_small/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2014/01/BladeChart.jpg 1x""(min-width: 0px)""lazyload""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_large/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2014/01/BladeChart.jpg""Jigsaw on curved board""Jigsaw on curved board""lazyload""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_large/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2014/01/BladeChart.jpg 550w""Jigsaw on curved board""Jigsaw on curved board""ckeditor-entity-embed ckeditor-entity-embed--center image-embed-full""image-wrapper""Black blade""display: none;""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_large/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2013/12/U-shank.jpg 1x""(min-width: 1024px)""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_medium/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2013/12/U-shank.jpg 1x""(min-width: 768px)""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_small/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2013/12/U-shank.jpg 1x""(min-width: 500px)""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_small/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2013/12/U-shank.jpg 1x""(min-width: 0px)""lazyload""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_large/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2013/12/U-shank.jpg""Black blade""Black blade""lazyload""https://static.woodmagazine.com/styles/image_embed_full_width_large/s3/s3fs-public/image/migrated/wood/images/2013/12/U-shank.jpg 550w""Black blade""Black blade"". Less-aggressive teeth close to the shank end help the blade cleanly exit the top surface of the workpiece.

Standard 6-tpi blades

Standard 6-tpi blades use steep hook angles on the teeth and large gullets between them for quick waste removal. These blades work best when speed is more important than cut quality, such as working with construction lumber.

Reverse-tooth blades

Reverse-tooth blades cut on the downstroke, minimizing chip-out on the face side of a workpiece when you must put the best face up during cuts. Making a sink cutout in a countertop calls for one of these blades.

Now set up the jigsaw

For softwoods, softer hardwoods (poplar, mahogany, alder, etc.), and sheet goods, run your jigsaw at for 1 last update 2020/06/03 its highest speed for most cuts. If you encounter resistance, back off the speed slightly. Dense hardwoods, such as cherry, maple, oak, and walnut, call for a slower blade speed to avoid burning. Use the slowest speed setting for cutting plastics and metals.For softwoods, softer hardwoods (poplar, mahogany, alder, etc.), and sheet goods, run your jigsaw at its highest speed for most cuts. If you encounter resistance, back off the speed slightly. Dense hardwoods, such as cherry, maple, oak, and walnut, call for a slower blade speed to avoid burning. Use the slowest speed setting for cutting plastics and metals.

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