|Project by Mike Coats||posted 01-03-2013 12:47 PM||10115 views||9 times favorited||13 comments|
In the run up to the holidays SWMBO wanted a lot of card holders to display all of our christmas cards on the mantle above the fire. As a beginner woodworker I am often scarce a tool or too and I currently have no bandsaw or scroll saw to mass produce any shaped pieces such as these (they can be seen in my next project). I instead decided to make do and build a quick tool.
I produced a model in SketchUp to see how it would all go together and raided my offcuts & bits n bobs bins to see if I could make it. Luckily my workbench has a split top with a 100mm gap all along the split which is perfectly sized to fit my jigsaw. I designed in a deeper front piece to the jig as this would allow it to be gripped by the vice fitted to the front of my bench holding it secure.
During construction I gave it a trial run before the tower was in place, but the jigsaw blade deflected too far to be of accurate use, so the tower with some bearings to pin the blade were fitted. The close-up of the tower is a crop from the main image to show greater detail in the workings. M10 bolts with wing nuts are fitted through holes at 20mm c/c. This provides for an action similar to closing down the mouth of a bandsaw for a more accurate cut.
-- Mike from Inverness, Scotland