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.