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Hi All,

One of the projects on my ongoing list to build a better workshop is to create a custom work surface for my scroll saw. Measuring roughly 48" x 24", I want to contour it around the existing table.

As to how to create the cut out for the shape of the table, the scroll saw itself could be used to do that, I am just clueless as to whether that is the best approach. As always, I'm open to ideas. What is egging this on, is of course another project where I need to scroll cut a bunch of 1/8th plywood with the benefit of stop blocks/fence assistance, neither of which are stock on a scroll saw table.

I have seen the gurus here do really cool stuff making templates and cutting mdf to any darn shapes the master craftsman wants it be in. My confidence level for making it work with a scroll saw cut out is fine, I just have to assume the contours would match better if it were routed from a pattern.

I was also thinking about cutting extra slots into the surface of the table to asisist in dust control. That would involve constructing a dust capture layer immediately beneath the surface, which doesn't seem challenging.

Thanks for your time in reading this!

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Here is what I did on a similar project.
Set up a flat surface around your scroll saw, maybe a piece of scrap plywood with an oversize hole so the plywood will be level with the scroll saw table.
Then I took pieces of cardboard and cut them and taped them together to get to a close final fit around the saw.
Now you have a template to transfer to the real work surface and cut out. You can probably use a sabre saw to make the cut.
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Hello Jack,

It's good to have input from someone who has walked the same path I am wandering down.

I tried just tracing it out onto cardboard once, but that didn't work so well. Tracing smaller pieces and then assembling them like you suggested will probably work a lot better. Thanks for the tip.

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Here is what I did on a similar project.
Set up a flat surface around your scroll saw, maybe a piece of scrap plywood with an oversize hole so the plywood will be level with the scroll saw table.

Then I took pieces of cardboard and cut them and taped them together to get to a close final fit around the saw.

Now you have a template to transfer to the real work surface and cut out. You can probably use a sabre saw to make the cut.

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HI Bill,
I have a large supply of chip board (like the heavy backing on the back of tablets). Its heavier than paper, yet thinner than cardboard. I can cut it with scissors or an xacto knife.
At a home show I got a bunch of sample rolls of Tyvek tape, and use that a lot. Its thin, (2"wide) but really strong, and sticks like crazy.
I make up a template with as many pieces as I need (some really small, then go over it with tape to really make it strong, then transfer the shape to whatever work surface I need.
Good luck
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