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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 11-10-2012 07:14 PM 3409 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fairly simple top I came up with to protect the surface of my scroll saw table when cutting brass (or any other metal). Picture 1 is the Formica top offset on the metal scroll saw table. Picture 2 is the top in place. Pictures 3 & 4 are the bottom, and Picture 5 is just the top.

A couple of years ago, I learned my lesson when I scratched up my new disc sander table trimming aluminum butt plates for my shotgun—the aluminum shavings really scratched the dickens out of the cast iron table. I preferred to avoid a repeat on the new scroll saw table when I cut out the brass hardware for my “Signature Wedding Gift” trays. (C.f., ) It worked great and didn’t really scratch or damage the Formica. The top is held in place by little clamps as shown in Pictures 3 & 4.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are always appreciated. It’s always amazing how much I learn from this wood working community, especially when I’d gotten to the point in life where I was beginning to thing “been there, done that.” Thanks for looking.

P.S. It’s come to my attention that I failed to specify the materials used other than Formica. The bodies of the base, rim and clamps are all 1/4 ” Baltic Birch that is laminated on both sides (except where the rim is glued to the top, having been rabbited on my router table to expose wood on the top). I’ve found that you need to laminate both sides of a thin laminate project to prevent warping (ZCI for TS and any veneer are other examples). 12/09/12

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 10:09 PM

That is really nice, I’d like to make one for my scrollsaw as well.
Well done!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 12:55 AM

It makes my 1/4” piece of plywood held down by two bar clamps look a little lame. I guess I will have to copy your idea :). Nice work!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 02:40 AM

Very nicely done.. That looks great.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 03:48 PM

Very nice. I like it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 04:25 PM

Very nice! I need to do that to mine.


-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 02:36 PM

Oh yes. I likes it. Good n flat, and zero clearence. I have used a piece of 1/8” hardboard to get a quick zero-clearence before

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 12-03-2012 04:31 AM

good idea, i like to see people respect there tools and take care of them

-- Punk in PA

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#8 posted 08-28-2013 05:34 PM

Hello HillbillyShooter

An indispensable piece for a scrollsaw

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 08-28-2013 06:10 PM

I accomplish the same thing with an inexpensive piece of plexiglass held down with double stick tape. It is on the saw all the time and works well.

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