Sabre Saw Table

One of the problems with using portable power tools (like a router or sabre saw) is that they're awkward to control. especially when you're working with small pieces. I'm much more comfortable concentrating on moving the work-piece. So I built a table that holds a sabre saw and lets me use it like a band saw or scroll saw.

building the table. To make the table, start with a quarter sheet (2 ft. x 4 ft.) of W plywood. Cut one piece for the top and two pieces for the sides, see

Fig. 1. The sides are strengthened by cross-braces in front and back.

biade slot. To cut a slot for the blade, I drilled a series of overlapping Vie" holes centered on the width of the top, see Fig. 2. Then I cleaned up the holes using a fine sabre saw blade.

roi ting a recess. The sabre saw mounts in a recess, see Fig. 2. To mark the recess, hold the sabre saw on the underside of the table top with the blade sticking through the slot. Then trace the outline of the saw base. Next, rout the recess slightly larger than the base of the sabre saw, see Fig. 2. The recess should be deep enough so the edges of the base protrude just above the surface of the top itself. This way the sabre saw can be secured with four turn buttons that hold the base tightly in its recess, see Fig. 2a.

biade guard. To keep this technique safe as well as useful. I made a guard that covers the exposed teeth of the moving blade. The guard consists of a 2x4 support and an arm made of Plexiglas (or Masonite). At the end of the arm is a plastic canister (a plastic brad container or pill bottle) which acts as a blade guard, see Fig. 3.

USINGTHETABLE. You will discover that the trick to using the sabre saw is keeping the work-piece from jumping up and down while you're sawing.

It helps to hold the workpiece tightly, and to use a sharp blade. Also, don't try to saw workpieces that are too thick (over about 1"). They may "catch" on the tip of the blade and cause the work-piece to bounce up and down.

2x4 ARM SUPPORT

TOP 18" SQUARE

CROSSBRACE

PLEXIGLAS OR MASONITE ARM

2x4 ARM SUPPORT

CROSSBRACE

TOP 18" SQUARE

UNDERSIDE OF TABLE TOP

SAW BASE RECESS "

CENTER

FROM FRONT

CENTER

FROM FRONT

UNDERSIDE OF TABLE TOP

SAW BASE RECESS "

Q. THREADED INSERT

TURN BUTTON

TURN BUTTON J

Q. THREADED INSERT

TURN BUTTON

TURN BUTTON J

PLEXIGLAS OR MASONITE ARM

Fh WOOD

SCREWS

2x4 SCRAP

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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