Portable Jigsaw Table From Garden Table

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About: I'm building software on the morning and other stuff at the evening... :)

For a long time, I planned to make a table with a Jigsaw connected upside down, in order make faster and more accurate round cuts.

I saw some Jigsaw tables projects, but I don't have too much space to store such table and also I didn't want to invest too much work in it, since I need it only for rarly DIY home projects.

One day, I sat down at my balcony, (on the garden furnitures I built before), and while watching the garden table, I came up with the idea to use it for this project, due to the spaces it has between its top boards.

The main purpose was to make the table, with easy connection and disassemble of the saw and the accessories, and keep the table without destroying it.

The full project can be seen at the attached video on the next step in this Instructable. Do you like it? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions for improvements (as long as it doesn't destroys the table).

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NOTE: This project, as other projects using a saw and other tools, can be dangerous. If you make it, please do it carefully and safely and at your own risk.

Step 1: The Garden Table and the Result Video

This is the garden table I used and the result video of the project and working with the saw.

Step 2: Tools & Materials

Tools

Materials

  • Screws
  • Small metal rings
  • Threaded inserts / Insert nuts (number 6)
  • Small Bearings - for the blade guide (I used cylindrical Aokolon I had at home)
  • Metal angle & some wood pieces - for the blade guide holder.

Step 3: Removing the Jigsaw Base

I started with removal of the Jigsaw bottom base.

I disassembled the screws holding it and positioned it on the bottom of the table to check the location for its conneciton.

Step 4: Making Additional Holes on the Base

The base already had 2 holes.

After marking the position with a hammer, I drilled 2 additional 8mm holes using a metal drill.

Step 5: Making Holes for the Base on the Table

I marked the positions of the 4 base's holes, on the table bottom and drilled with 7mm wood drill and a stopper for 14mm depth (in order avoid getting to the other side, in the 18mm wood).

Step 6: Threaded Inserts / Insert Nuts for Easier Jigsaw Removal and Reconnection

I took 4 threaded inserts / insert nuts and matching screws and metal rings.

These inserts, allow easy removal and re-connection of the screws and the Jigsaw to the table.

If I would use regular wood screws directly to the wood board, it won't hold too much reconnections...

Step 7: Connecting Inserts to the Wood

I connected the inserts into the previous step drilled holes. I did it carefully so the insert won't be passed to the other side of the table top.

Step 8: Connecting the Jigsaw to the Inserts

I connected the metal base back to the Jigsaw.

Later, I connected the Jigsaw to the table using the screws and metal rings to the inserts.

Step 9: Putting the Blade and Connecting to Power

I put a blade for wood in the Jigsaw.

I pressed the Jigsaw switch and locked it using the lock button, so it would work without pressing it.

Finally I connected its power cord to an extension cord with a switch.

Step 10: First Try - Blade Without Guide

At first, I tried to cut without a special guide for the blade.

As you can see in the video, It cut well but the only issue is that the blade moves from side to side and I decided to add additional guide for the blade, in order to stabilize it.

In addtion, it was hard to see the blade without any mark on the table (although I could see it well from the side while cutting).

Step 11: Making the Blade Guide

I took the cylindrical plastic parts I had (I assume it's made of Aokolon), and connected them side by side, leaving a space for the blade.

Usually, people are using bearings for such projects but I couldn't find ones.

I decided to use the plastic parts although they can be worn out after some time, but I don't plan to use it intensively and I can replace it later for any other parts.

Step 12: Making the Blade Guide Holder

I cut some wood pieces for making the guide holder. (I cut it using the table itself :))

I connected the wood pieces together as you can see in the image. I made it high enough for the wood I need to cut.

finally, I connected a metal angle at the bottom, in order to connect it to the table.

Step 13: Replacing to a Longer Blade

The previous blade I used, was too short.

For using the blade guide, I needed a longer one.

Step 14: Connecting the Holder to the Table

I pushed the holder angle to the side space of the table, after aligning it to the blade position, and connected it with screw below the table.

Step 15: Second Try - Blade With Guide

On the second try with the blade guide, the blade was much more stable, as you can see in the video.

Step 16: Removing the Jigsaw and Accessories

After finishing, I easily removed the Jigsaw, the guide and the extension cord.

Step 17: Table Is Back With a Beer :)

That's it. Table is back, time for a beer :)

I made this Instructable of wooden car before. I guess that if I would have this table while I made the car, It would be much easier and accurate to cut the car layers. NEXT TIME!

If you like this instructble, I would love to hear your comments.

You can visit my starting YouTube Channel to see additional projects and subscribe in order to support me! Thank you.

Step 18: The Video

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    Yonatan24

    23 days ago

    Nice! Maybe you should try using steel bearings instead of the Aokolon (POM plastic), so see if they guide the blade better. I know a few people have tried using POM for bandsaw blade guides, but it would belt from the heat.

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    itzikdiyYonatan24

    Reply 23 days ago

    Thanks for your comment Yonatan!

    I actually mentioned that on the description -
    "Usually, people are using bearings for such projects but I couldn't find ones.
    I decided to use the plastic parts although they can be worn out after some time, but I don't plan to use it intensively and I can replace it later for any other parts."

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    ritty

    Tip 26 days ago

    brilliant idea using materials at hand, a great finish to this project would be to add a foot switch from an old sewing machine.

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    itzikdiyritty

    Reply 26 days ago

    Thanks ritty! I actually thought how to make a foot switch and maybe I'll improve it if I'll find something. Thanks.

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    meraki

    4 weeks ago

    I liked the wife-friendly design, with no visual disturbances to the existing table and clear instructions. Thanks also for the inspiration.

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    itzikdiymeraki

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for your comment!