A jigsaw is a tool used for cutting arbitrary curves, such as stenciled designs or other custom shapes, into a piece of wood, metal, or other material.

It can be used in a more artistic fashion than other saws, which typically only cut in straight lines. In this way, it is similar to the rasp and the chisel.

Although a jigsaw can be used to cut arbitrary patterns, making a straight cut freehand is difficult even with a guide.____

Traditional jigsaws are hand saws, consisting of a handle attached to a small, thin blade. The first jigsaw puzzles were made using this kind of unpowered saw.

More modern jigsaws are power tools, made up of an electric motor and a reciprocating saw blade.____

A jigsaw with a bevel function on the sole plate allows cutting angles of typically up to 45 degrees relative to the normal vertical stroke for cutting miter joints.____

In the past, what are now usually called scroll saws, were often referred to as jigsaws.____

A Jigsaw may also be referred to, by some manufacturers, as a "bayonet saw".____

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