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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Member Projects => Topic started by: HowardH on September 19, 2019, 10:44 PM

Title: jig saw table
Post by: HowardH 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. 

Title: Re: jig saw table
Post by: ScotF 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...
Title: Re: jig saw table
Post by: Rob-GB 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]

Title: Re: jig saw table
Post by: xedos 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.
Title: Re: jig saw table
Post by: HowardH 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.