Bosch Jigsaw Review & Cutting Timber Curves

More Deep Cuts

Cutting more beams for a timberframe garden pavilion - Bosch Jigsaw Trial
Cutting more beams for a timberframe garden pavilion

Before I posted this review I used this jigsaw for a full summer of projects. I like the weight, power, and grip of this tool and I’d recommend it to anyone.

Turned to sharply and blade smoked
Turned to sharply and blade smoked
Made the cut but pushed it to the limit
Made the cut but pushed it to the limit

On these beams for our Garden Pavilion I turned too sharply and caused the blade to bind briefly, smoke, and burn the wood. It wasn’t too bad and I sanded out the char marks.

Char marks on cut
Char marks on cut

Many times I’d trace the curve on both sides of the beam to see how close I was getting to vertical. When I went slow and jiggled back and forth I’d get a truer cut. One other technique is to make a shallow saw cut with a hand saw in the end of the beam to start the jigsaw blade in. This allows you to at least start with a 90 degree cut even if there is some wander as you go along.

Tried to go a bit easier on this cit
Tried to go a bit easier on this cit

I tried to allow the saw to cool after each deep beam cut as it got quite hot under such a load.

Guide roller helps to keep blade on track - Bosch Jigsaw Review
Guide roller helps to keep blade on track

The guide roller seemed to work well at keeping the blade on track.

Cutting Rafter End Profiles

Cutting fir rafters
Cutting fir rafters

It has worked very well at cutting curves in beams and rafters with very little blade wander. I’d say that all jigsaws have this issue but this Bosch model has a minimal amount and certainly good enough for many of my outdoor building projects.

Nice curves!
Nice curves!

I’ve found that you can get better accuracy by going slow and steady and slightly jiggling the saw from side to side as you go along. This will help prevent excessive pressure on one side of the blade.

Cutting Rafter Birds Mouth

Finishing the birds mouth cuts on a rafter - Bosch Jigsaw Test
Finishing the birds mouth cuts on a rafter

I like having this jigsaw handy to finish birds mouth circular saw cuts on rafters. I used it for just about every project with a roof.

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Fast and easy
Bosch Jigsaw in carrying case with manual and accessories
Bosch Jigsaw in carrying case with manual and accessories

All and all I had great success with this tool and it worked very well for me and I feel completely comfortable recommending it.


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