The Right Saws for Wall Paneling

As long as you have the skills and the right tools, wall paneling is an inexpensive way of hiding wall imperfections. It is more affordable than wood planking, and comes in large sheets, four-by-eight, and in a variety of earthy tones; it can also be painted. Depending on what you want to achieve, you will need different types of blades on different saws; learn more by browsing a website like Saw Blades Only.

Table saws

If you need to cut wall paneling along the grain of the wood, a table saw and a fine-tooth blade are in order; these lengthwise cuts are called ripping, and are achieved with a downward motion of the teeth.

This type of saw comes with a platform and a fence that helps position and steady the panels and guide the cutting, respectively. However, for your cuts to be truly accurate, it is advisable to set the fence with a measuring tape. In order to make narrow cuts, make sure to use a push stick rather than your fingers.

Circular saws

Circular saws are better when instead of lengthwise cuts you’d need to make ones that are perpendicular to the grain; you will also need a crosscut blade with upward tooth motion. You can also use a paneling or a fine-tooth wood blade with your circular saw.

Since circular saws don’t have a platform like table saws, use a sheet of plywood and sawhorses for a cutting table. Then, set the depth of the blade to the thickness of the paneling, and cut from the backside to prevent the surface from splintering.

Jigsaws

The cuts described above are quite straightforward, but if you need to make detailed cuts, you will need a different kind of saw. Hand-held jigsaws are great for making small, intricate cuts around the various obstacles you will come across on the wall, such as outlets and switches.

In order to reduce splintering, you will need to cut on the face side of the paneling (because the teeth on a jigsaw blade cut on a downward motion). Nonetheless, even jigsaws cannot handle small round holes that well, so that you may need to use a power drill on round holes under 3 inches. From the face side of the paneling, simply cut a round hole with your a hole-bit. Remember that power saws can be dangerous, so make sure to wear protection goggles and gloves when operating them.

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