Jig saw table #4: Final Thoughts

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Blog entry by mIps posted 11-06-2012 12:53 AM 4423 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, as hoped, I finished the table today and, overall I am happy with the way it turned out.

I made a trigger lock out of plywood, basically just a large “C” to hold the trigger down.

I mounted the saw into the guides and made 2 hold-downs, one for the front and one for the back.

I realized that, when I routed out the hole for the removable insert, somehow I made it too shallow. Not sure how I did that. So I set the depth again and re-routed it. Fits this time.

I used a couple of pieces of 1” square stock to make guides for the top and side to butt up against on the inside of the stand, then one more on the back of the stand hanging down over the rear to keep the top from sliding forward.

I Put the cable clamp into the electrical box (see update on part 2), screwed the box to the side of the stand and put the cover on the box (update on part 2 again).

I drilled a “finger port” in the insert to help in removing it.

And, finally, I hooked everything up and tested it. It works!

Things I like:

  • The 12×12 work surface. It’s big without being TOO big to use on the bench top.
  • Very little vibration. This surprised me. I thought there would be more vibration than there actually is. I was worried I might have to weight it or clamp it, but I don’t think I will.
  • Not having to remove the saw from the stand to change blades. I REALLY like this idea and, although not perfect, it does work.
Things I would change if I were to build another:
  • The saw needs a different / better mounting system. This works but the saw still has a tendency to shift in the stand / guides if I’m not careful.
  • As much as I like the “hole in the top of the work surface with a removable insert” idea, either the hole needs to be bigger or, maybe, just leave the foot on and use it as part of the work top.
  • Possibly put the plug that the saw plugs into on the inside of the stand and just have the switch on the outside. Too many cords on the outside.
  • Add some kind of blade guide above the table to help support the blade front to back and side to side.
Things I learned / skills I built:
  • If you’re making a stand for a tool, measure the tool before you decide on the size of the stand. Duh.
  • Sometimes its better to NOT measure and go by whats there. In other words, what SHOULD be 4”, isn’t always 4”.
  • If you’re careful, A jig saw CAN cut sideways to act as a really rough file.
  • Be patient and take your time, even with “rough” builds.

Will this replace a band saw or scroll saw, NO. But if, like me, you don’t have a band saw or a scroll saw and have little chance of getting one soon, this is really a nice project that allows you to use a tool you likely already have in a new and useful way.

Thanks again to all who provided input and comments. As soon as I can snap a few pics, I’ll add it to my projects.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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