How to Use a Jigsaw

Use the versatile jigsaw to cut lumber, plywood, metal, and tile.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Jigsaw
  • Extension cord
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Clamps

You'll also need a jigsaw blade for the material you're cutting.

If you're cutting countertops, you'll need a drill and a 1/2-in. drill bit to make a starter hole.

If you're cutting metal, you'll need thin sheets of plywood to go over and under the metal while you cut it.