Inverted (upside Down) Jigsaw - Bandsaw




Buying a bandsaw or scroll saw can be quite an expensive investment, but if you already own the inexpensive classic jigsaw you can convert is to a vertical saw very cheaply and extremely easy.

1. Using some scrap MDF that I had laying around the garage I build an open box 43cm (Length) x 19cm (width) x 27cm (height).
2. I dismantled the sole of the jigsaw and drilled 3 hole in it. The diameter is 5mm because I had some bolts laying around.
3. Put the sole on the inside of the "table" and mark the three holes. Then drill them and sunk the head on the top so the head of the bolts will not bother us. Also mark and drill the position where the blade will be.
4. Put the sole back on the jigsaw and attach everything to the table.
5. Good luck !
6. If you know you have a tendency to stick your finger in the eye, or you are a complete moron when it comes to using powertool please don't do this modification. You will only manage to hurt yourself very, very badly. The machine has no cage and extreme care must be taken when operating it. Please don't blame me for missing fingers :)

As a possible modification you can make the table wider and longer. Also, bolting the table to you bench might be a very good idea as from the vibrations it tends to be a little "jumpy" adding to the above mentioned risk.

Have fun and stay safe.

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    13 Discussions

    I've done something like e this several times but i just flip the jigsaw upside down and lock it in a vice. I've never thought of building a permanent table for it but I've got an old jigsaw i have been working on fixing so if i get it running I'll give it a try. thanks for the great instructable

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    You should check out my portable jigsaw2bandsaw. You don't have to make the saw a permanent setup with my design:


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I had this idea a while ago, and just finished making a portable one today. Neat to see someone with the same idea. Good job by the way.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have the exact same Ozito jigsaw. You gave me an idea, thank you for sharing.

    alex mcmahon

    7 years ago on Introduction

    ive made the same thing but out of a sawzaw and made a top part to hold the blade when it goes up and down and then put spring on the mechanismto keep the blade tight


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like this and I see a way to add a steady bearing to the end of the blade that will help with the bending out of square that is a problem with all jig saws.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The band doesn't twist or bend. it just flexes left to right when free but as soon as you start cutting and it "bites" the wood, any flexing stops and you get very nice straight cuts.
    I used it to cut some pieces for the CNC machine I'm building and some of the pieces were 5cm x 5xm and the precision is really good. My advice is for the price of the whole thing and the time it takes to build it (mine was 30 minutes) is give it a go and see.
    Also, I must add this is a very very cheap jigsaw (30 new zealand dolars) so if you have a better tool the quality can increase, but again, mine really worked like this and as soon as I got the hang of it (3 pieces) I obtained very good results.
    Maybe I'll add a youtube video tonight and put it here as well to see the thing in action and decide for yourselves.

    Phil B

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made one of these a number of years ago. It worked pretty well for some things, but not so well for others. I hoped I could add a rip fence, but the blade flexes and moves a little so that the saw did not exactly stay on the line. Thank you for sharing.