Jig saw blade bending while cutting!


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Old 07-23-22, 08:12 AM
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Question Jig saw blade bending while cutting!

So I have only used my jigsaw a handful of times but when I did, I had an issue getting the blade to cute straight up and down due to it bending.

Do I need a better blade? Is it user error??

Any tips are welcome as I will have to use it to cut butcherblock counter tops this weekends.
 
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Old 07-23-22, 08:19 AM
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You may have heard the expression "use the right tool for the job", so that applies to your task. The right tool would be a skilsaw along with a rip guide. (Or tracksaw, but I'm sure you don't have / aren't going to get one just for this.)

They do make better blades but even that will not help completely... look for Bosch Progressor blades, they are one of the best.

But I hope you have a skilsaw and that you can buy a finish blade for it.
 
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Old 07-23-22, 08:34 AM
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Hello XSleeper.

I should have explained a little better what it is I am doing.

I do have a skill saw with a finish blade and a straight edge with some clamps for the rips and straight cuts.

I now need to notch out the piece to fit on that lower cabinet as well as cut the hole for the undermount sink on the other cabinets.



 
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Old 07-23-22, 09:03 AM
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You need to hand cut that for better precision. To avoid chipping use tape on the finished edge and use a fine saw tooth profile. You'll need a hole saw that attachers to a drill to cut holes for fixtures.

I re-read your post. I now understand. Use a skill saw with a fence and a fine tooth. Cut the back side to hide any chipping.
 
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Old 07-23-22, 10:50 AM
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Well.... I'm lost.
Are you trying to cut the lower countertop to fit that piece sitting on top in between ?

You will need the jig saw to cut the sink. Use a sharp blade and take your time.
As mentioned... a hole saw for the faucet.
 
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Sorry, I'm obv really bad at explaning things

That peice of wood sitting on top needs to be notched out to fit snug and over hang a bit on top of that half cabinet below it.

Hope that made more sense
 
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Old 07-23-22, 11:38 AM
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So it's basically in position ?
Or is going to be used like a shelf below the countertop ?
 
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It's going to be used as a shelf on the cabinet below the countertop.
 
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Old 07-23-22, 12:57 PM
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So I don't see a problem with using a skill saw. Rip one side to fit. And if you want the front edge to over hang slightly then you need to just cut by hand a notch on each side. You can even use a sharp wood chisel.
Or am I not seeing things clealy?

 
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If I understand you correctly, you want to notch (1inch each side x 1-2 inches deep) the front of the shelf so it is narrower than the remaining depth of the shelf. You can do it with a jig saw. As others have said, go slow. Use you skil saw and straight edge to cut the shelf width. You may be limited on the width of the back part of the shelf as it will have to be angled to install since the back of the shelf is wider than the opening between the taller cabinets. Can you remove that section of the counter top and drop the shelf (notched and correct width) vertically onto the short cabinets?
 
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Old 07-23-22, 03:32 PM
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Nice job with the picture edit.

It looks like your intentions are to cut the board to fit inside where the red line is.
Have you considered leaving the board full size and add spacers below it ?
It may look better being wider to fill in the area better. (brown)
Just cut the back off.
 
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Thank you guys for all the suggestions!

I used a straight edge, clamps and a skillsaw for the cross and rip cuts and purchased a new blade for the jigsaw.

I think I need some practice using that jigsaw but it worked well enough.

I'll have to sand it down a bit and put a finish coat on.


 
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Good cutting job.
Looks like it's sticking out a bit. Is that where you wanted it ?
That's not where the sink will be.... above it ?
 
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No no, sink will be in the main cabinets. This is just going to be a place to put the toaster oven, coffee machine or what ever to leave the full size counter top open for food prep.

I basically took my top cabinets down to open the kitchen up . I'm using them as a breakfast bar because I dont want to lose the cabinet space. ( going to put up some floating shelves)

I may cut it back a bit so it doesnt overhang so much..
 
 

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