What is a jigsaw? An essential power tool for DIY projects

Person using a red jigsaw power tool to cut wood
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What is a jigsaw used for is a common question among many DIYers. Most know what a jigsaw looks like but are not so sure about how they should be used.

It is one of the types of saws that has a place in every home renovators/DIYers kit. It is a specialist and generalist power tool and can do a lot of general DIY jobs. But, it also has a special talent for specific jobs – such as cutting curves – that other power saws can’t or struggle to achieve.

Here we delve into what you can use a jigsaw for, what materials it can cut and how much you should expect to pay for one so you can decide if it is worth investing for your next DIY project. 

What is a jigsaw? A quick definition 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.