Tip 4: Get started!
Once everything is ready, you can finally start sawing. There are two simple options here: either you cut freehand or you cut along a guide rail. If you have several workpieces to work on and have a steady hand, the freehand method is quick and efficient. But if you want a particularly straight and precise cut, you should always use a guide rail.
To start sawing, place your jigsaw on the edge of the board and gently guide it along your markings with light pressure. Make sure that the foot plate of the saw rests completely on the workpiece. To exert even, light pressure forwards and onto the board, it is best to hold the saw in two hands. Use one hand to guide the saw forwards with the handle, and the other to gently push downwards. This makes the saw even more stable. When sawing, make sure you can always clearly see your markings.
If you want to use a guide rail, it is best to clamp this using clamping screws. Now place the jigsaw flush against the guide rail and saw slowly and straight along the guide rail as described above. This will guarantee you get a straight cut!
If you don't have a guide rail, you could also clamp on a wooden slat to use. Just make sure that it's not too high, so you can still grip the jigsaw properly with your hands and guide it straight.
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