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Picture of Table Mounted Jig Saw
I am an artist by trade so I do not have a lot of money to build tools for my studio. With my work it is also a goal to share my knowledge with the world. There are a lot of people out in the world who are in the same boat. Your not alone, and I hope this helps someone out in the world at large.

Why Table mount your Jigsaw?
  • Improves visibility on material
  • No longer have to clamp work to table
  • No longer can cut through table
  • Able to cut small pieces easier
  • Cuts down on vibration of material
  • Can attach jigs to table to use in combination with Jigsaw
  • Its quieter too!

(A video will be attached in the future, building a table for it in my shop at at the moment)



There are two basic functions in working with materials that are needed.
  1. The ability to cut a straight line.
  2. the ability to cut a curve.
This instructable covers the second ability with a mounted jigsaw upside down attached to a table. The inverted saw allows you to more easily follow a drawn out line on materials. At the same time the jigsaw can still be easily removed and used in its original state. This modification changes absolutely nothing on the jig saw.

WARNING: This contraption uses a very fast moving blade! It does not care, wood or finger, it can seriously hurt you. Use and make at your own risk, and always use proper personal protection equipment. I.E. Saftey glasses, Hearing protection, and Proper ventilation. Saw dust is explosive!!!!

 
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raycap1 month ago

I think this is a great idea, it never even occured to me to use a jigsaw like this. Thank you

Ray

Wow don't you just love when you tell people your ideas and instead of a thank you all they do is complain about something. I for one think this is a great idea. I'm trying to make some wooden planes for my boys and really need a band saw but I think this will do what I need. Thanks a lot
Wyle_E2 years ago
Quibble1: That's a sabre saw. The true jigsaw used a spring-loaded plunger to hold a thin blade in tension. It was the ancestor of the walking-beam scrollsaw.  Almost nobody gets it right any more, not even most of the dealers.

Quibble2: It's "try square." Look it up.
Historically and etymologically, the hand-held saw is a saber saw and the table version was a jigsaw. The latter so called because it originally a hand held coping saw incorporated into a jig moved by foot power. The tension of the coping saw frame was replaced by a spring to give a very deep throat.

However, sometime in the late 1960s, the terms shifted in North America. The saber saw became called the jigsaw and the former jigsaw became a called a scroll saw. I imagine it started when high end manufactures wanted a more elegant term and choose scroll saw as the traditional hand scroll saw it was associated with fine work. 

You can see the evolution of the terms in contemporary woodworking magazines with articles about how to make "jigsaw" puzzles with your "scroll saw".
fretted2 years ago
Thats cool i've got one of these old tables left over from after i got my new one i think i'm going to adapt this one for my shop

Great Ible