How to Build a Jig Saw Cutting Table

A jig saw is a woodworking tool used for making curved cuts on plywood, metals and soft materials. Artisans use them for creating intricate designs on their works that require different shapes. Though a jig saw is similar to a chisel, it offers more versatility to make irregular shapes and patterns that may require 45-degree angles, as well as straight cuts. Jig saw cutting tables add stability to a handheld jig saw, particularly when making nonlinear cuts. Jig saw tables cost upwards of $100; however, you can build your own table using a few construction materials.

  1. Draw a sketch of your jig saw table. A sketch gives you an idea of what you want your table to look like, what accessories you want added to it and how big you want it. A drawing also gives you an idea of how many nails and screws you need to secure. Mark the areas of the table where you want to put the saw and drill.

  2. Measure and cut MDF boards to desired size. Medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, is thicker than plywood and particle board, enabling it to withstand more pressure. It also has a flatter surface than natural woods that have knots and irregularities. Once you've cut the board, lay it out on a clean, flat surface and cut out your table legs. You may want to write down the dimensions of your table so you can remember where each piece goes. If you can't find MDP, use a three-fourth inch thick sheet of hardwood, particle board or plywood for the table.

  3. Mark spots where the opening for the saw and drills will go. Use a pencil and a ruler or straight edge to make straight lines on the material. At the same time, mark where screws and nails go on the top of the table and on the legs.

  4. Add the saw and the drills to their designated holes. Make sure the table is stable enough to hold the weight. Nail a ruler or measuring device on your table to make it an all-in-one workstation. Add a piece of board as a guider when you cut the board.

  5. Sand parts made of natural wood. If you use 2x4s or plywood, sand them to smooth out any irregular spots and remove any splinters. You can use a motorized handheld sander or sandpaper, depending on your personal preference. You can add some kind of coating to the wood or leave it natural.


  • Always wear safety gear when dealing with saws and drills.
  • Don't leave equipment running when you are not using it.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .