Jigsaw Table - Repurposed Router Table

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Project by HankLP posted 12-21-2019 05:29 AM 2088 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had in mind building an upside down jig saw platform for doing quick scroll work, and making inside cuts. I had a “duh” moment and realized the old router table would be just right. The table has been used for years for clamping, assembly, soldering, and even had a Harbor Freight ring roller mounted to it for a while.

The mounting plate for the jig saw is 1/2 inch mdf, and was made using the old router plate for a template and rabbiting the edge to get a flush fit on the top. The shoe plate on the jigsaw only had two holes at the back for bolting, so I found some nifty clips at the Coast Hardware store to secure the front of the plate – these can be seen in the first picture.

The Black & Decker jigsaw was less than $20 new. It is variable speed, and has a lock on button for the switch but it stays in high speed under the table. Years back I had a variable speed control for a router which now functions as an on off switch, and speed control for the jigsaw – still have to figure out a permanent mount to the table for that.

Nice thing is the blade is easily removed with a quick connect, and leaves the table unobstructed for all the things It has been in use for.

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#1 posted 12-21-2019 04:52 PM

Excellent idea. I might do that myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-21-2019 06:13 PM

Looks good.

Hope it works out for you.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 12-21-2019 07:47 PM

Great idea. Hopefully this works out for you

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#4 posted 12-21-2019 07:58 PM

Nice job. Awhile back I tried that using a 3/4” piece of plywood. I bolted a good quality Dewalt jig saw under it.
The saw vibrated the mechanism that locked the blade in place loose.

Maybe you’ll have better luck that the Black and decker.

Does the plate in the router table jump up and down when you turn it on?

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 12-22-2019 05:26 AM

Thanks for the comments. So far I’ve only made a few test cuts and things seem to work ok. The fit of the plate is pretty snug which may help with the jumping. I do plan to add some lock washers to the mounting bolts as there is signifcant vibration. Feels much better running at a “midrange” speed.

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#6 posted 01-05-2021 05:27 AM

It’s been a bit over a year since I posted this. Since then it has been used a number of times, and dust collection has been added. When operating at full speed there is quite a bit of vibration, and the blade kicks dust up instead of pulling it back under the mounting plate. It appears that running at half speed solves both problems and it has now taken its place in the shop as a usable tool, especially for free-handing “quick and dirty” cuts.

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