Bosch Jigsaw Review & Cutting Timber Curves

Heavy-Duty, Long Blades

6" and 9" blades - Bosch Jigsaw
6″ and 9″ blades

For this review I’ll be using a 6″ blade and a heavier 9″ blade.

Profile Pattern Tracing

Copy ellipse pattern onto end of beams - Bosch Jigsaw Test
Copy ellipse pattern onto end of beams

The beams I needed to cut where 6×6 red cedar with a quarter ellipse profile. I made a plywood pattern and traced it onto both sides on each end. That way I could check the accuracy of my cut.

Use 9 inch blade for this attempt
Use 9 inch blade for this attempt

Cut Profile on Beam

Start from end and work my way in. - Bosch Jigsaw Test
Start from end and work my way in.

I decided to start from the end and work my way in and try to keep to the line as best I could. I like the barrel grip on this jigsaw design as it allows my hand to be lower and closer to the work piece I’m cutting. It feels more stable and natural to me and I think gives me better control and accuracy.

These 9″ blades are fairly wide and thick so I wasn’t sure if I could cut this elliptical curve as the radius decreased and became sharper at the end of the cut.

Vibration moved the beam. Stopped to reset
Vibration moved the beam. Stopped to reset

The vibration moved the beam on the sawhorses so I had to stop and weigh them down. I just didn’t have enough weight on the material. I found the level of vibration acceptable as I was pushing the saw pretty hard with a log heavy blade through very thick material.

Orbit selector setting - Bosch Jigsaws
Orbit selector setting

I used orbital setting number 1 for what I was cutting and it worked well and gave me a very smooth cut.

Very good smooth curve! - Jigsaw Test
Very good smooth curve!
I flipped the beam over after the cut. Saw followed very closely
I flipped the beam over after the cut. Saw followed very closely

I was very happy with the result and I only had a small degree of blade wander.

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