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Project by Maclegno posted 02-02-2010 07:34 PM 2717 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After cutting out designs using a scrollsaw (or a MacScroll) there is almost always the necessity to smooth the saw marks. This can be a tedious process. This use of the jigsaw can speed up the process considerably. Also the filing must always be vertical to the workpiece to keep the edges sharp (not easy by hand).
To make:
- make a worksurface or use the Macscroll one
- Drill holes in the jigsaw base and tap them for the 2 holding bolts.
- grind the teeth off an old jigsaw blade
- cut a rectangle Off a Belt sander belt (it has cloth backing – very durable)
- fold the sandpaper and glue it round the sawblade (both Superglue and Araldite work)
- Fix "File" in jigsaw, jigsaw in worksurface, assembly in vice, and off you go

I actually used the same base as for the Macscroll only I fixed the jigsaw to it turned 180° then made a hole for the “file”

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 07:45 PM

Cool Idea

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 08:06 PM

Looks like something to swear by! (instead of swearing at the wood!)

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 08:22 PM

Using your brain there Gerard. Looks like a good result too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 11:41 PM

neat.ive seen people do jigsaw tables before,but not for using with the sanding blade. they also sell thin sand-belts for the scrollsaw, they’re ok for some applications,

-- Matthew,Long island ny.

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 01:15 AM

Very nice : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 01:23 AM

great idea! Tribalwind is right, they do sell sanding belts for scroll saws. However, with the belts you have to keep taking them on and off to protrude into the next void. You dont have to do that here.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 02:19 AM

Aren’T you the tricky one Mac, thanks for the tips

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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