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Bob Vila Radio: The Saber Saw

For a saw that’s great on the curves, no workshop is complete without a good saber saw.


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Listen to BOB VILA ON THE SABER SAW, or read text below:

For a saw that’s great on the curves, no workshop is complete without a good saber saw.

Sometimes called a ‘jigsaw’, this power saw comes in cordless or corded hand-held models and has a small blade that cuts with an up-and-down motion.  Good quality saber saws have a long stroke and about three thousand strokes per minute.  You can quickly change blades to cut leather, linoleum, plaster, wallboard, metal and hardwood up to an inch thick.  Start cutting from an edge or from a hole drilled in the piece to receive the blade.

Here’s how to keep any saw out of a bind.  If a keyhole saw, coping saw, or your saber saw is binding, you may be trying to cut too tight a radius.  Switching to a narrower blade, or cutting in from another angle should solve the problem.

Saws can also bind on a piece that’s not properly supported, so be sure to let the wood on one side of the cut fall away freely.

Get more info at… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on saber saws, consider:

The Saber Saw
Hand-Held Power Tools
Keyhole and Reciprocating Saw

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