Multi-Tool va Jigsaw


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Old 09-26-18, 03:42 AM
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Multi-Tool va Jigsaw

I need to cut a hole in a hollow interior door to install a dog door. I know a jigsaw would do the trick, but I donít have much use for buying one beyond this task.

What about one of those big oscillating multi-tools? I have my eye on the Ridgid one at Home Depot. I think I can get a lot of use out of it.

Thoughts? Is the multi-tool a good tool for this task? And for those who own one, is it a good tool to have in the arsenal?
 
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Old 09-26-18, 04:03 AM
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I have a cheap multi tool and am more than glad I bought it. A multi tool can do that job although it might not be as easy to control as a saw. Screwing a piece of wood for a fence should help.
 
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I have both, and would opt for an oscillating tool over a jig saw for this job. Take your time and your cuts will be straight enough, and should have less tear out. And yes, an oscillating tool is good to have. I've used jig saws for something like 50 years and oscillating tools for I don't know, say 15 years or so I suppose, and still use jig saws quite often, but these days a whole lot less than I use oscillating tools.
 
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I have to agree with the above two post. An oscillating tool has many uses.
 
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I would use a circular saw or jig saw with a long blade and cut both sides of the hollow core door at the same time.
 
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I recommend the oscillating saw.

Cutting hollow core doors with circular or jig saw wreaks havoc with the thin veneer. At the very least you should tape the area and cut through the tape to minimize splintering.

The oscillating saw will avoid this problem.
 
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Cutting hollow core doors with circular or jig saw wreaks havoc with the thin veneer
Of course, this will will happen if the wrong blade is used. Experience demands a fine toothed blade for cutting thin materials.
 
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Awesome, thank you for all the great insight everyone. Next question, what the best type of blade to get for the hollow-core door?
 
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Old 09-26-18, 01:34 PM
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As Wirepuller says, fine tooth. That goes for the oscillating saw also.
 
 

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