In Tricks of the Trade

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The next time you use your jigsaw, forget about hauling out the sawhorses or cantilevering a hard-to-hold workpiece off your bench. Extruded polystyrene insulation board, the rigid pink sheets used in housing construction, makes sawing easy, whether you’re cutting a small piece of hardwood or a full sheet of plywood. During the cut, the workpiece is always fully supported, so your saw has constant, stable support. The 2 thick insulation houses jigsaw blades as long as 31/2. The same piece can be used repeatedly; one 4x8 sheet will likely last you a lifetime. This same trick works well with track saws. —Vern Johnson


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