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Iceni Magazine | November 11, 2018

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5 Awesome Woodworking Projects Using a Jigsaw

5 Awesome Woodworking Projects Using a Jigsaw

Jigsaws may make a lot of noise with their motor, but they are incredibly handy tools and enable you to create some of the best projects.

They are an affordable tool, much less than the bigger saws out on the market, and much more manageable to use. 

You will be amazed at the shapes and curves possible with small mechanical jigsaws and how much more cutting options are possible than with the expensive table saws or other larger model of tools. To show you just how easy it is to create with the jigsaw, these are some awesome woodworking projects for you to complete. 

Hanging Wooden Boxes

The jigsaw opens up a new possibility for you to decorate your home. To create the hanging wooden boxes you will need: 

  • Jigsaw
  • Glue
  • 1/2″ cup hooks
  • Waterproof sealer and caulk
  • Small Wooden Jewelry boxes with lids that are removable
  • Balsa Wood
  • Gold chain (small) 

Remove the lid from the wooden boxes with use of a screwdriver. Make a line down the center of the bottom and sides of the box so it is divided in half. 
Take your jigsaw to cut down the line you’ve just made, so you’re left with two equal halves. 

Using the balsa wood, trace the open side of the box you’ve just halved to make a rectangular shape. Cut this rectangular shape out with your jigsaw and glue to the open end of the halved box to close it. Allow the glue to dry. 

Once the glue is dry, you can paint or decorate your new wooden box any design you prefer. Once the paint is dry, you can waterproof the inside of the box with a waterproof sealer or caulk if you are planning on using live plants. 

When paint and sealer are both completely dry, screw the cup hooks into the back corners of the box (one on each end). Attach the gold chains; cut to length according to how you want the wooden box to hang on your wall. 

You have just created a fantastic wall hanging for live or dried flower arrangement. 

Mirrored Jewelry Storage

Putting jewelry storage behind a mirror gives more room to display your favorite pieces and frees up your dresser top from straggling pieces. Using your jigsaw you can create a great room adornment and allows you to keep your jewelry tidy and neat. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Full length mirror
  • 3 – 6′ x 31/2″ boards
  • Super glue
  • Wood screws
  • Paint (color of choice)
  • Cabinet catch
  • D-Ring hangers
  • Cup hooks
  • 2 1/2″ brass hinges
  • Optional- removable wall paper

What you will basically create is a frame that duplicates the size of the mirror. The mirror will become the door to the shelving you’ll create. 
Using your jigsaw, you want to cut two pieces of the wood the exact length of your mirror. 

Cut four that will measure out to the same width of the mirror you are using. Place two of the boards, one at the top and the other at the bottom to create a rectangle the same size and shape as the mirror. The other two pieces cut to width length will be the shelves inside and can be placed where you feel they will be convenient. 
When you have the boards cut to their correct sizes, use a power drill to insert the wood screws to hold the boards in place. 

When you’ve screwed the frame into shape, paint to match your decor or any way you want to accent your decor. 

The two D-ring hangers will go on the back of the frame you’ve just built; about four inches from the top. These hangers will allow you to suspend your new storage mirror in your room. 

Install the brass hinges onto the left front edge of the wooden frame, and screw the other piece of the hinges into the back of the mirror so they are securely fastened. 
Your new mirrored jewelry storage unit is ready to hang. 

Trim Your Closets

Some closet doors are just plain boring. There is no better way to liven up a room’s decor than trimming the closet doors. What you will need to design a new look for your room is: 

  • Flat wooden closet doors
  • Marking tape
  • Jigsaw
  • Trim pieces (number depending on design chosen and number of doors)

On your wooden doors, use the marking tape to show where you will be placing the trim pieces you create. 

Use your jigsaw to cut the trim pieces to fit where you’ve taped. 

When having to make corners, a miter saw may work better to get the 45-degree angle needed for pieces to fit together tightly. 

You can take your cut trim pieces and tape them in place on the closet door to ensure you have the look you want. 

When taped pieces meet your approval, take them off one-by-one and glue them back in place with wood glue. 

Once the pieces have all been glued, use very small finishing nails to hold them permanently in place. 

You are now ready to paint or varnish the trim to create a new look to your room. 

Box Covers for Speakers

Speakers are not designed to be pretty. These sound devices are generally just big ugly black boxes. Creating a cover for your speakers will add a touch of flair to your room’s decor. What you will need to get started on your covers: 

  • Speakers that need covering
  • Baltic birch lumber (when trimmed will cover the size of speakers you are working with)
  • Jigsaw
  • Compass
  • Wood clamps or duct tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Paint and/or primer
  • Wood filler
  • Screen material
  • Sandpaper (180 and 320 grit)
  • Hot glue gun

Your first step is to measure the height and width of the speakers. Add approximately 1/4″ to those numbers to give yourself room for error. If any areas on the speaker stick out, make sure you allow for that space. Cut out five pieces of wood to match the measurements you’ve found for the two sides, top of the speaker box, front and back. The bottom will be left open, so you can slip the box over your speaker. 

Using your compass, make a circle on the front board to match the diameter of your speaker. 

Use your jigsaw to cut the circle from the board. 

Your next step is to assemble the box. 

  • Begin with the top and glue the sides and back to it. 
  • Wipe away any excess glue and clamp the pieces together to dry. 
  • Once the wood glue has dried, use the wood filler in all connection points or any areas that have chipped while you worked to this step. 
  • Sand the entire surface of the box once the glue has all dried. 
  • Drill holes in the back for any wires that may have to come out. 
  • You can now paint or varnish the box according to how you want the finished box to look. 
  • Cut out the screen to match the circle you’ve cut out and hot glue gun it into place from the inside so outside does not show excess screen or glue. 
  • You are now ready to turn those ugly black speakers into a fashionable piece of decor. 

Creative Ceiling Medallion

If you want to make a simple statement yet a significant one, add a bit of flair to your dining room light. Focus on the impact of simple and you can make beautiful things with your jigsaw, including this creative ceiling medallion. All you need is: 

  • 30″ square piece of .5″ Baltic Birch Wood
  • Jigsaw
  • Power drill
  • Circular bit for making circle
  • T-square
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil
  • Paint to match decor
  • Construction adhesive

Starting with the middle of your baltic birch wood piece, create the pattern of your choice outwards from the mid-point so design is equal all around. 
When you have the complete design drawn out, use your jigsaw to cut it out from the wood. 

Once you have the complete shape cut out from the wood, cut a hole in the middle for the electrical wires to come through. 

Sand the edges you’ve cut the circle out of and wipe away any dust. 

You are now ready to prime and paint your new design to match your room’s decor. 

The choice is yours on how to attach your new design. You can attach with an adhesive to get a perfect flush fit or screw it in place so it can easily be taken down. You now have a new look to your dining room without paying the expensive cost of getting a new light fixture. 

Once you’ve completed even one of these projects, we are sure you’ll find working with a jigsaw incredibly easy and fun. Make sure you wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying dust and wood chips and use a mask over your mouth, so these particles are not inhaled. What you will soon discover is the use of a jigsaw is not difficult, and with the use of two steady hands, you’ll soon be creating awesome projects to complement your home.


 

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