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Jigsaw (tool)

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 cut in straight lines only. 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 is more difficult.

Modern jigsaws are power tools, made up of an electric motor and a reciprocating saw blade. See jigsaw (power tool).

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


Jigsaws first emerged in the 19th century.[1] Early jigsaws used a treadle mechanism to move the blade.

In 1947, Scintilla AG (later acquired by Bosch) started producing electrically powered jigsaws.[2]


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