To make the bevel cut, turn on the jigsaw and let the blade get up to speed before slowly easing it into the work piece. For accurate bevel cuts, you can make a guide fence by clamping a straightedge to the work piece for the shoe to follow.
You make a bevel when you cut the edge of a board at any angle other than 90 degrees. Dimensioned lumber comes with square edges, which means the angle between the face of a board and its edge is 90 degrees.
A bevel cut is an angled cut in which the top of the wood is not perpendicular to the edges. Bevel cuts can often be made with a circular saw, table saw or a mitre saw. They will have an angled edge and are used for things such as the edge of a table to prevent sharp corners.
To adjust the shoe of a jigsaw without tool-less bevel adjustment…
- Step 1 – Loosen screws. Using an Allen key, loosen the screws that hold the shoe of your jigsaw in position.
- Step 2 – Adjust angle of shoe. Pivot the shoe to the desired angle. ...
- Step 3 – Tighten screws.
Like with most cuts, an accurate 45-degree angle miter cut with a jigsaw starts with an accurate cutting line as a guide. You will need a straightedge to draw your desired line across the material.
Step 1: Bevel Without a Table Saw. Making a bevel with a circular saw is just as easy. Almost every circular saw has a tilting baseplate that allows the angle to be set. The thumb screw or catch to loosen the tilt will be in front or behind the blade and off to the side, usually in line with the trigger.
The first step of learning how to use a miter saw is to understand the difference between a miter cut and a bevel cut. A miter is an angled cut made across the face, or width, of a board. A bevel is an angled cut made through the thickness of a board.
Conversely, a bevel cut allows the blade to tilt left and/or right from its 90˚ angle to the table surface in order to make cuts that move through the board at an angle from top to bottom. A bevel cut changes the vertical angle of the blade. It no longer remains at 90 degrees (square) to the base.
One feature that is cool about jigsaws is that they can cut at angles, too, just like circular saws and miter saws! Yep–they can cut straight angles (which is considered “0” degrees), along with 15-, 30-, and 45-degree angles.
Most miter saws can cut at least a 45 degree miter, and many can cut even wider angles. A bevel, on the other hand, is a more specialized cut that not all miter saws can perform. It involves adjusting the angle of the motor and blade by tilting it to the side. You can see the resulting beveled cut below.
Words and being in the machining industry can only get you so far when you want to distinguish between these two not-so-distinguishable phrases. But, to break it down into much simpler terms, a bevel is an edge that is sloped and a chamfer is an edge that is a beveled edge that connects two surfaces.
Circular saws commonly include an adjustment that allows you to set the blade angle anywhere from zero to 45 degrees. Using this feature, you can cut a bevel along the length of a board and a miter across the end.
Jigsaws are ideal for cutting curves and complex shapes in wood (Photo 1). They also work well for making short crosscuts on a board (Photo 2) and finishing inside corner cuts (Photo 3) that you start with a circular saw. Jigsaws are not good for making fast, long, straight cuts. Use a circular saw instead.
In general, jigsaws can cut all types of material, not just wood. And, as it relates to wood, jigsaws can cut both hardwood and softwood. However, the process you use to cut hardwood is different. A jigsaw isn't the perfect solution for harder woods, but it will work just fine, so long as you move slowly.