Jig saw table

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Blog series by mIps updated 11-06-2012 12:53 AM 4 parts 13754 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: The Plan

11-03-2012 08:47 PM by mIps | 0 comments »

Well, I’ve decided to try and build a jig saw table similar to what Stumpy and others have built. I figure I can use it as a poor mans’ band saw/scroll saw until I can afford to get one of those. I believe building this will allow me to make knobs for the jigs that I want / need to build to do other things.Right now, I am about 6 deep in the “Make this thing so I will be able to make this other thing” queue…Current plan is a 3 sided box with a table top, probably...

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Part 2: Wiring

11-03-2012 09:00 PM by mIps | 12 comments »

Well, I got the parts for the wiring. An old computer power cable, metal junction box, standard duty light switch and three-prong power plug. I stripped the rubber computer end off the computer power cable as far as I could, then cut the rest off with diagonal cutters. Then I fed the cable through a already-punched hole in one side, stripped the cable sheathing and wired the Neutral, ground and hot to the plug as normal. I left about 4” of cable sheathed, then stripped off about anothe...

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Part 3: The box and top

11-03-2012 09:23 PM by mIps | 1 comment »

I was able to come up with a chunk of melamine-coated particle board for the sides and top, so I decided to use that. I knew I didn’t want the unit to be real tall because I plan on using it on my bench top or on top of one of my rolling cabinets (once I get those done). With this in mind, and knowing roughly the size of my jig saw, I decided on 10”x10” sides and a 12”x12” top. I figured this would give me a decent sized work surface without being too big or heav...

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Part 4: Final Thoughts

11-06-2012 12:53 AM by mIps | 0 comments »

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...

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