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Bosch JS470E Jigsaw, Bosch Tools, $133

Bosch has long had a reputation for making great jigsaws and they’ve continued this tradition. I’ve used mine for everything from fine work on MDF and 1/4″ plywood, up to cutting a hole through a 4″ thick log when I was working on my homemade cat trees. This tool is both ergonomic, and has intuitive design features that will lessen the amount of button-fiddling you’ll do while working. It also has four different setting for reciprocating motion so you’ll get the best cut depending on the material you’re working with.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


  1. Isaac Dover says:

    $575?! Please tell me this is a typo.

    1. Isaac Dover says:

      Err, I was commenting about the Crown marking gauge.

      1. oh yes, that was most definitely a typo. Sorry about that. The price is 46.99 – here’s the link – http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000424/3753/crown-rosewood-and-brass-marking-gauge.aspx

  2. Joshua Lenord says:

    Sorry to nit-pick, but the image for the marking gauge is incorrect. What is depicted is mortise gauge, if you notice the twin points for marking the longer edges of a mortise, which are adjustable to mark different mortise widths, a marking gauge only has one point.

    1. Interesting, because the Woodcraft link I posted lists has that picture in the listing for a marking gauge. I never knew there was a difference. In any case, the pins on this tool are removable, so it can be used to score just one line if you wish.

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