Guide for cutting straight with the home table jigsaw

Straight and rip cuts in wood with the jigsaw table

When I mounted the bearing mount to keep the cutting blade vertical on my home table jigsaw, I didn't worry about having no space behind the blade to make straight cuts with the jigsaw. Anyway, I did not plan to make those types of rip cuts with this saw. But as many of you ask me how to cut straight with the tabletop jigsaw, I wanted to try putting the blade holder sideways.

One of the advantages of the bearing bracket I use is that it is very easy to remove and attach. So I unscrewed it, presented it sideways glued to the back of the blade, and marked on the board the position I wanted to put it in.

Mark where to put the support for the saw blade

I put the base of the bracket as far away from the cutting blade as I could, so that it had room on the side to screw in the little bearings. And if you look at the photo, the gap between the stand base and the cutting blade is the maximum width that I will be able to cut. And although it does not seem very certain that it is sufficient for most cuts.

Screw on the platform for the blade guide

As the bearing support protrudes a lot laterally, I placed a thick wooden block just below the position where the support with the bearings will go, so this block serves as a platform for that support with the bearings that guide the cutting blade. This I put under the tabletop, and screwed it to the table frame and the tabletop. In the video you can see how later I had to unscrew it to be able to move the tabletop, since it needed to have a bit of an overhang at the front to hold a makeshift lateral guide with a sergeant.

Level the platform block with a piece of plywood

On top of the wooden block I screwed a piece of plywood to have a platform with the surface level with the table top on which to put the support with the bearings.

Move the bearings that guide the cutting blade

And since I didn't find the other matching bearings, which I know I have somewhere in my messy carpentry shop, I unscrewed the bearings from the front of the bracket. I measured the clearance I need between the bearings, drilled a couple of pilot holes, and screwed the bearings into the side of the housing in a suitable position so they can guide the jig saw blade smoothly. Although as you can see in the video, I had to remove one of the bearings and relocate it, since it had left them too close together and they did not leave enough space for the thickness of the cutting blade of the jigsaw.

Adjust the position of the support that guides the jigsaw blade

I placed the bracket with the bearings laterally, with the cutting blade between the bearings and its back resting against the plywood. I adjusted its position so that the cutting blade is perfectly vertical, ...

Screw the bearing bracket to the side platform

and screwed the bracket to the base that I made next to the board.

Make straight cuts in plywood with the tabletop jigsaw

And with a slat fastened with sergeants, as a lateral guide, I was able to try making straight cuts with the jigsaw. Straight cuts in plywood are easy to make.

Cut straight to the thread in solid pine wood

But cutting straight across, to the thread, in solid wood like pine, is another matter. Making these cuts straight is difficult for this jigsaw. And the cutting surface, although straight, is horrible. Some of you tell me that perhaps, to cut straight with the jigsaw and in line, I should find a suitable blade for these cuts, so I will have to look.

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6 comments on "Guide to making straight cuts with the table jigsaw"

  1. Hello, I look at your things a lot and I would like please, if you could pass the measurements of the woods you cut to put together the things you publish. I am from Valencia and older. I have equipped myself with some machines in character of bricolage. If you could clarify them it would be better. Thanks greetings.

    1. Enredando No Garaxe

      Hello Jorge. I try to make my projects easy to adapt to the needs and tools that each one has without the need for specific measures. Many of my projects I do without considering the measures first. I understand that many of you like to work with measurements, but making the plans would also mean spending time that I don't have. a greeting

  2. Dear friend, thank you for your videos, which make me really want to start doing many of your projects, but do I miss the lack of measurements of the different cuts that have to be made, are they somewhere on your page? Thank you very much Alberto

    1. Enredando No Garaxe

      Hello Alberto. Some of my projects (a few) have the measurements on the page itself. But the truth is that due to lack of time I cannot make plans of the projects I carry out. Although I try to make my projects so that they are easy to follow and adapt to your needs. a greeting

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