How Do You Cut Plywood Without Splintering?

Can I use a jigsaw to cut plywood?

The jigsaw can be used to make both straight and curved cuts in a wide variety of materials, including wood, particleboard, plywood, plastic, metal, even ceramic tile.

It’s also safe and easy to use, which is why it’s often the very first power saw a new DIYer buys..

Do you cut plywood good side up or down?

A blade with bad teeth or wood pitch buildup won’t cut cleanly. Also note that a circular saw cuts on the upstroke, which often splinters the top edge (veneer) slightly. The bottom edge usually remains splinter-free. So always cut plywood with the good side down.

How do you prevent splintering and tearing when cutting plywood?

Always use a zero-clearance insert. No matter what tool you’re using, the best way to reduce tearout is to surround the blade or bit with a zero-clearance surface. This is equally important on the band saw, drill press, miter saw, or table saw.

How do you cross cut wood without splinters?

The best option to minimize splintering is to use what is called a zero-clearance insert. Every table saw has a throat plate that sits around the saw blade and it’s main purpose is to support wood, so small pieces of wood don’t go into the hole around the blade.

What is the best saw blade to cut plywood?

To get the best-quality cuts, invest in an 80-tooth blade designed for sheet goods. The small teeth take little bites to reduce chip-out and are steeply beveled at their edges to score the veneer face. You’ll have to slow your feed rate, but will get a much smoother edge.