Awhile back I had to do some scroll sawing with the table tilted. I found it difficult to hold the workpiece and move it around on the tilt, so I started trying to figure a way where I could keep the table flat and still saw at an angle. That required that I would have to be able to tilt the whole saw.
I also wanted a scrollsaw table that was easily adjustable in height. This feature was important because my grandkids use the scrollsaw too, and they are still a lot shorter than me. I don’t have a lot of room in my shop, so I couldn’t use a dedicated table for this, and all my bench heights are quite high.
The idea I came up with was to use my drillpress. I mounted my scrollsaw to a piece of 3/4” thick plywood. I placed two cleats on the bottom of the plywood. The cleats just fit over the drillpress table and help to keep it on the table before clamping.
Here is how it works: I set the tilt angle on the scrollsaw table. Mine only tilts up on the right side. I then tilt the drillpress table to the same angle, but in the opposite direction (left up in my case). Next I mount the scrollsaw onto the drillpress table. The left hand cleat holds it in place while I clamp it down. The result is a level scrollsaw table which can be adjusted to whatever height you want (within reason). Of course you can also use the scrollsaw without the tilt and still use the height adjustment feature. The reason I used two cleats on the scrollsaw mount board is so that it can sit level on any level surface when detached from the drillpress.
I have been using this set-up for some time now, and I really like it. I hope you do too. The only disadvantage is that it requires a floor model drillpress, so I hope you have one. Here’s a photo of my set-up. I’m sorry I couldn’t get more into the photo, but my drillpress sits in tight space. I have my drillpress mounted on wheels so I can swing to a good position when scroll sawing.
-- Mike, American in Norway The four steps towards competency: 1. unconscious incompetence, 2. conscious incompetence, 3. conscious competence, 4. unconscious competence