Thanks, A Spruce. I'll give the tape/down cut blade a try.
I think half the problem is I bought a "one-time use" jigsaw for a one-time project several years ago and have found many uses for it since then. Unfortunately, it's a piece of $#!t and I cuss it every time I pull it out.
I should know better. . .should break down and go out and buy a real tool instead of this cheap one!
-Decorative wall shelfs (including some jigsaw detail in the supports and frames. (my wife has been bugging me on this one for months)
-cutting out sink and faucet holes in coutertop in laundry room.
-building some garage shelving, and basement storage shelving.
-I'm also doing some electrical wiring upgrades throughout the house, and have been using the jigsaw a bunch on that project (cutting holes through the walls, etc.)
My current jigsaw is on it's last leg, Although it was a cheapy one to start with, I think I would have more than enough projects in the short term to put it through it's paces.
A jig saw is a bit of a specialty tool. There are many other saws with specific purposes of making straight cuts, weather it be miter, compound miter, sheet goods ect, but when it comes to irregular cuts, a jig saw becomes a specialty tool. I am currently remodeling a 1940's home. I will be installing new cabinets w/countertops and crown moulding on the inside. I build my own laminate countertops, so sink cut outs are not precut. Outside there are modest decorative, structural corbels under soffits on the gabel ends. This would certainly be a good test for any new jig saw.
PS. If my wife discovers I have a new jig saw she will insist I make her some backlit Angels for the Holidays.
Hey! Maybe she can test your saw also and cut them herself!
I believe I am up to the challenge.
Sure thing. I would first use it on a project in my church. We are putting in new tile and need to cut some baseboards as well as some other trim work that needs doing. Also will be doing some work for some older folk that don't have much and can't afford to pay someone so will do some remodeling and make some things they want that would take a jigsaw. I have a whole list of things that I could use it for doing. Just need to get one to do it with. If I don't get picked for this, I will get one somewhere soon but will have to find something second hand as I can't afford much either. Just try to help those that have less than me.
I'd love to test a new jig saw. I'm not terribly fond of the current low-end Skil brand saw that I own today. Ironically, I'd been looking at new saws; Ridgid, DeWalt and Craftsman amongst others.
I'm going to be building functioning exterior paneled shutters for our 1880 stone mansard house in Salem, MA, and we're planning to cut a stenciled pattern shape in the top panels. I'm building them for 11 big windows which are about 4' x 6', so the the shaping of these holes will require a nice jigsaw with a fine cutting blade. I will primarily be cutting laminated 3/4" panels, but will also us the saw for various fine work.
The house (pictures here) once had slatted shutters as you can see. But I prefer panel-style, and I think they'll still be authentically period and attractive.
One nice feature for the saw would be a small light right at the cutting area - especially with working with the saw outside in the diminishing light of winter.
If the saw is corded - my preference because of the size of the job, unless the battery is really, really robust - will the cord be long enough for convenience? Will the cord have a nice storage option like many Ridgid tools have with a velcro wrap or at least an integrated snap lock on the plug housing? Simply coiling is annoying. Why don't more manufacturers recognize this?
Thanks and good luck!
Enjoyed your photo album. A "spare time" remodel?
Great looking home and though I now nothing about TOH mag articles and how they are picked, your house looks like a good candidate to me.
Oh, you get my vote for the saw. Shutters would look great on your place and you seem like someone who knows how to "Get-er-Done."