Bosch Jigsaw Review & Cutting Timber Curves

Bosch Jigsaw Review & Cutting Curves in Big Timbers
Bosch Jigsaw Review & Cutting Curves in Big Timbers
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Bosch Jigsaw Review by Cutting Curves in Big Beams. For my Timber Frame Style Woodshed project and Garden Pavilion Build, I used this jigsaw to cut curved profiles in the ends of 6″ x 6″ beams and in rafters. Watch the Video Review. This Bosch Jigsaw model JS470EB review demonstrates the capabilities of this tool and it’s put to the test cutting heavy timbers. I use a 9″ blade to cut the thick beams and a 6″ blade for the rafter profiles and birds mouth cuts. For post and beam work this jigsaw performed well.


Bosch Jigsaw Review

Timber Frame Construction

This is a review of the Bosch 7.0 Amp Barrel-Grip Jigsaw. I bought this jigsaw specifically for a project on our homestead.

New Bosch Jigsaw and blade packs
New Bosch Jigsaw and blade packs

I’m building a timber frame woodshed and I have some beams and rafters that I need to cut some tight curves into the ends of. I’ve got some long blades also made by Bosch to try out.

It has four selectable orbital settings, a simple on and off switch, and an air blower switch.

Four position switch for differing blade orbit patterns
Four position switch for differing blade orbit patterns
Simple on/off switch on left side of jigsaw - Bosch Jigsaw Review
Simple on/off switch on left side of jigsaw
Small on/off blower switch - Bosch Jigsaw Review
Small on/off blower switch

When on it is on it blows air to keep the cutting line clear of chips.

Footplate

Bosch Jigsaw Review - Adjustable footplate
Adjustable footplate
Securely stowed hex wrench in the back of the footplate
Securely stowed hex wrench in the back of the footplate

The metal footplate is adjustable with a hex head screw that’s conveniently stored inside the footplate.

1-6 speed dial adjustments - Bosch Jigsaw Review
1-6 speed dial adjustments

The variable speed dial has six settings from 500 strokes per minute to 3100. I set mine to position 6 3100 strokes per minute and it worked well. I believe this higher setting keeps the motor cooler as the internal fan speed is higher.

Blade Change

No tool required to change blades - Bosch Jigsaw Review
No tool required to change blades

The lever allows tool-less insertion of T-shank blades.

Bosch Jigsaw Review - Hot blades eject when lever is turned
Hot blades eject when lever is turned

And it ejects the blades when opened so you don’t have to touch them when they are hot.

asy slip-on plastic surface protector shoe
Easy slip-on plastic surface protector shoe
A small, clear, anti-splinter insert
A small, clear, anti-splinter insert

It has a plastic overshoe to protect finer surfaces and an anti-splinter insert that attaches to the footplate. For my work on these outdoor structures I didn’t use those accessories.

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