Handheld Sabre Saw versus Table Version

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Forum topic by cowboyup3371 posted 01-01-2018 02:10 AM 622 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2018 02:10 AM

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I have an older handheld Craftsman Sabre Saw that I have used mostly for cutting slots in plywood but I want to try to make some more unique interior cuts on regular hardwood than I previously have done. Is there a problem using that saw or do I really need to fork out the money for a good table Scroll Saw?

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 02:43 AM

The really two completely different tools. The scroll saw is for smaller, finer detailed work, limited by the size of the saw. you can do pretty detailed work with the jigsaw and the size of your work is unlimited.

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 02:51 AM

You can make a DIY scroll saw by mounting the jig saw upside down under a table. Lots of videos and information about how to do it out there – quick google will turn up lots of info. If you want to do intricate stuff though, a scroll saw is hard to beat. Only drawback is how big a piece you can cut. With an upside down jig saw, you can cut stuff as big as you want without much restriction. On a scroll saw, you are limited to however long the upper arm is.


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#3 posted 01-01-2018 03:30 PM

I agree with MrUnix. If you have a design suitable for a jig saw blade, it is going to be easier to cut bymounting the saw under a table and moving the wood rather than the blade.

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