In the infancy of my woodshop, back around 2010, I realized that I badly needed a scroll saw, but sorely lacked the funds. Using what I had available to me at the time, I was able to create a fixture that firmly secured my Black and Decker jigsaw, essentially turning it into a functional and versatile scoll saw. This is still one of my primary tools still utilized in my shop, and I've churned out some high quality projects with it.
What you will need:
- A jig saw (obviously)
- A hand saw or circular saw
- Scrap lumber that best suits your needs
- A Dremel Trio (not necessary at all, but makes routing the hole a bit easier)
- Wood screws
- A drill press or drill gun, along with assorted drill bits
- Some sandpaper (not critical, but no one want's splinters everywhere).
This is the kind of project you can breeze through in one afternoon, it's great. And since I used only donated or found materials, my costs for this project were a whopping $0.