Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Jig Saw Mounted in Router Table

This is a handy way to mount a Jig Saw to cut material on top of the table to create a poor-mans version of the Rockwell BladeRunner.

This configuration is very similar to the Rockwell BladeRunner.  It adds more versatility to an already handy power tool.   Mounting the Jig Saw in this position made it easier for me to cut certain types of material with a little more control than holding the saw in my hand.   Warning:  Cutting material (especially metal) with the saw in this position can be very hazardous because there are no hold downs to keep the material against the table top.

The insert is a 3/8" thick polycarbonate cut to fit a 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" opening.  Holes were drilled to mount my Bosch Model 1587AVSK Jig Saw upside down on a router table. Additional holes were added to mount two Toggle Clamps.

This side view shows one of two Toggle Clamps used to stabilize the saw in the slot.  The Toggle Clamps are easily removed to allow them to be used on other jigs.

Top view of Jig Saw and mount.

Removable Toggle Clamp
Toggle clamp on plywood mounting fixture

In order to level the insert in the table, eight holes were drilled and tapped along the edge for allen screws.

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