Jig saw used as a scroll saw

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Forum topic by dbw posted 03-08-2016 07:35 PM 717 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2016 07:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig saw scroll saw

What are y’alls opinions about mounting a Festool 300 jig saw upside down in a large vice and using it as a scroll saw?

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 08:48 PM

It could work, but you won’t have anything even close to the precision and cleanliness of cut that a scroll saw can offer.

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 09:30 PM

Here’s a video on using a jig saw as a scroll saw.

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 10:56 PM

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#4 posted 03-09-2016 12:35 AM

It could work, but you won t have anything even close to the precision and cleanliness of cut that a scroll saw can offer.

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I agree 100%..... I have three scroll saws and use them daily.

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 01:04 AM

Festool jigsaw mounted upside down and turned into a scroll saw. Starts at about the 3:00 minute mark:

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 01:31 AM

I dunno…Festools are pretty pricey aren’t they? Think I’d save it for it’s intended use and find a cheaper brand if you insist (or just go buy a scroll saw) but that’s just me.

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#7 posted 03-09-2016 02:11 AM

As a scroll sawyer, To use a jigsaw of any kind for a scroll saw is a complete waste of your time, & total disregard for the tool itself. Just my .02. If you’re going to do the job at hand, invest in tools that will do it correctly & safely. Not to mention the fact that, as mentioned, the work done by the jigsaw will not hold a candle to the work done by a scroll saw.

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