How to Make a Jigsaw Table

A jigsaw table is essentially a jigsaw mounted upside down in a housing to allow it to be used as a kind of fake bandsaw. It’s pretty dangerous and I don’t particularly advise doing it but I needed one for a few different projects I was working on and these was before I had a bandsaw.

Here’s the full video:

I'm Making a Jigsaw Table – No Bandsaw!

Watch this video on YouTube.
Concerned about privacy? Please read our Privacy Policy before watching videos on this site – link at the bottom of every page. Thank you!

A jigsaw is often used upside down, especially for neat scribe cuts and the like. In this project I made a box to temporarily house my jigsaw in an inverted position so that I could use it to cut pieces of wood that otherwise would have been too small. There’s a couple of major drawbacks of using a jigsaw table instead of a bandsaw.

  1. A jigsaw table generally has no support for the blade whereas a bandsaw supports the blade on the upper and lower sides through guide bearings etc.
  2. A jigsaw blade goes up and down whereas a bandsaw blade just goes down. That means on every up-stroke the jigsaw is trying to force the piece of wood away from the table. For this reason you need to use a standard blade that cuts on the upstroke since once the saw is inverted it’s now cutting on the downstroke.

I made the framework for the box out of softwood CLS timber and then added the base and top, both made of 18mm MDF. My Makita has pre-tapped holes in the sole plate making it relatively easy to fit in to the table using appropriate machine screws. The screw heads were countersunk below the table surface. I used this jigsaw table for quite a few jobs and it worked really well! You just have to be really careful as you don’t want a snapped blade flying off and hitting you in the face!

Andy Mac

For many years Andy ran a successful property maintenance business. He's established and run award winning companies over the years and has been self employed most of his life. He now shares his experiences via several YouTube channels and the UK's first commercial joinery podcast.
Andy Mac