Cutting Wood With Your Reciprocating Saw
When it comes to cutting wood, there’s a massive choice of blades and it can sometimes be hard picking a blade. All you want to do is cut some wood, so why do all these features of the blade matter if it will cut wood anyway. Well, if you’re not bothered what cut you get and all you want to do is cut through wood then it’s probably not as relevant. However, if you’re cutting wood because you need it to look a certain way, or the finish has to be smooth then you really do need to consider the characteristics of the blade before buying. Not only that, but you also need to consider the type of wood that you’re cutting. Is it actual wood, or is it chipboard or plywood.
There’s a few things to consider. Firstly, how thick is the wood you’re cutting? Make sure you get a blade that will cut deep enough. There’s a lot of blades that won’t cut as deep as you want them to so make sure the blade is long enough.
Next, you need to consider what kind of finish you want to achieve. Do you care if it’s a bit rough on the edges, or do you want a perfectly clean cut? If you’re not too bothered then you can go for a blade with any number of teeth per inch (TPI), but if you want the cut to be clean when you want a high TPI. You should be considering above 12 TPI for a smooth cut in wood. You can get blades with less TPI and still obtain a smooth cut but anything above 12 should be fine.
What wood are you cutting? Is it firewood, plywood, chipboard, wooden planks. This is something to consider because some blades will perform incredibly in plywood but might falter when it comes to cutting firewood. Although 99% of blades look almost identical, they are manufactured out of different materials for different jobs so they won’t always perform well in all materials.