I periodically need to cut metal patterns apart where I don't want to make a lead in cut. So my band saws were not useful and when I tried the saber saw, it worked but I didn't like that I couldn't see around it very good and would rather have two hands on the work, rather than one on the work and one holding the saw. I was doing my usual cogetation on the problem while helping my SO with her sewing machine and the thunderclap hit.
I had a chunk of 3x3" angle which I welded to a piece of 2" channel. With the appropriate holes for the foot mount and slot for the blade along with fly cutting the surface it makes for a nice elevated surface that I can get my mits all the way around the work. The crucial safety device in this setup is a intermittent/deadman HFT foot switch because when it grabs work like it periodically does I don't want to let go of it to try and hit the trigger release. I can't put a chicken foot on it because the parts are sometimes irregular. I've even done a bit of wood work on it and find it much easier to see where I'm going and can keep to my marks better.
But to reiterate, to be safe please use a foot switch so you can keep control of the work.
These I beam clamps I got over in the electrical section of Home Depot are invaluable for clamping all kinds of tools, vices and fixture to this top. They make them in several sizes and the are like $2-3 ea.
Thanks for sharing this C-Bag. Nice setup for the jigsaw and particularly like your scissor bench set up. The clamps are a great Idea...seen them b4 will pick up some next run. The HFT deadman foot switch is a good precaution for sure.
One thing I've noticed about these type builds is that swarf will drop into the head of the saw. They are really made to use in the upright for control and that reason I think. It occurred to me after seeing yours that if your turned the blade 180º it would give you a flat surface to feed from and tend to keep the swarf out of the head?? I know all blades/saws wouldn't work because of the back roller and blade style...but a thought from the peanut gallery. Might also use a piece of thin sheet metal (or some acrylic) to make a shroud of some type.
Nice, simple build! ~PJ
Last edited by PJs; 05-25-2016 at 10:54 AM.
This is such a good idea that at least one manufacturer, Rockwell, has already built a commercial version...
I bought one of these and can recommend it highly. It's great in my crowded shop; I can lift it out from its hiding place, plop it on the bench, and get 'er done quickly then, just as quickly, get it out of my way and carry on.
I've long contended that bringing the work to the (power) tool rather than the tool to the work provides much better control of the job. That's not to say that hand-held tools don't have their place; I can't very well bring the kitchen wall to the drill press.
For me my setup works better because of the small elevated table and it's just makes the saw couple of inches bigger than originally. I don't do hardly any woodworking so this just stays on the saw in it's cubby hole.
I wasn't suggesting the commercial model is better; just wanted folks who may not have the time or skills to build your version know that it was available.
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