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Offline HowardH

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jig saw table
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:44 PM »
I no longer own a bandsaw, the car has to go into the garage at night so something had to go, but I still need to cut curves on occasion.  I recently got a P1cc (a beast) and would hang the material I was cutting over the edge of the MFT which simply isn't all that efficient.  I came up with this solution and thought I would share it so if anyone has some ideas for improvement, I'm all ears. 

I took some MDF, made two separate boxes about 12" x 14"and drilled some MFT style 20mm holes for clamping purposes.  They are tall enough so at the furthest extension the blade won't hit the table.  I can place the workpiece between the two tables to give the workpiece support on both sides. 

I didn't want the two tables to be independent of each other so I cut a couple of long strips, drilled 1/2" holes about 8" apart and then used the CMS router table to rout a slot between them.  I then drilled 5/16" holes in the boxes and inserted 2.5" bolts through the boxes and through the slot and secured them with thumb knobs so when they are loose, I can spread the two platforms as far apart as I need and when I'm done, I can slide them together, tighten the knobs and hang the entire thing up as single unit.  It seems to work pretty well but I discovered I need to able to clamp the unit down to the MFT or it will slide around. I'll add some clamping blocks to accomplish this.   

Anyway, it seems to be a workable solution for those of us who don't own bandsaws and want the workpiece as fully supported as possible.  BTW, obviously this is for smaller parts.  i am building a number of cheese boards with lots of curves. 

« Last Edit: September 19, 2019, 11:14 PM by HowardH »
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Offline ScotF

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Re: jig saw table
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2019, 11:40 PM »
Very clever idea, Howard!! Thanks for posting and the pics.

The cheese board looks awesome, by the way...

Offline Rob-GB

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Re: jig saw table
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 08:46 AM »
Nice solution to what many woodworkers have had.  [thumbs up]
In the past I have jammed the jigsaw upside down between the jaws of a black and decker workmate or used the workmate in a similar way to your idea.
My MFT has the scars from when someone used it to jigsaw over the edge and hit the aluminium side profile  [eek]


Offline xedos

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Re: jig saw table
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 08:55 AM »
Clever and useful. 

I'm thinking there might be another red one time tool offering around the corner.

Offline HowardH

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Re: jig saw table
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2019, 11:17 AM »
thanks, guys.  Once in a while the fog lifts and I get a useful idea.  I also wanted to try out my new DDF40 duodowler when I made the boxes. Mafell makes some cool tools too. 
« Last Edit: September 20, 2019, 11:24 AM by HowardH »
Howard H
The Dallas Texas Festool Fanatic!

Mark Twain:  "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a letter approving of it." "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

mft1080, P1cc, MFT/3, T15, TID-18, RO150FEQ, MT55cc, RTS400, CT22, CT36E, 800, 1080, 1400, 1900 rails, OF 2200, OF1400, CSX, C18, VacSys, Vecturo, Qwas dogs, Parf Dogs, Zobo's, Syslite Uni, CMS GE. Mafell DDF40, Sawstop contractor, PM 1500, Shaper Origin. Felder AF-14