You all have good ideas,
Here one more…
Something to thank about. . .
Mount one side of a hinge on back end of the bottom plate of the jigsaw
Mount a jigsaw on the bottom side of you workbench (blade side up)
Install other side of hinge to workbench
Make a latch for the front side of jigsaw to hold it up.
Put a fine blade in the jigsaw (you may need a long blade)
Blade goes thru the workbench from the bottom up
Make a slotted hole, zero clearance for the blade
The blade sticks out of the top of the work bench.
If you have 4” of blade coming out of you jigsaw.
And your workbench is 1” thick
you will have a 3” blade coming out of the top of the workbench to work with
Cut dowels, shims, plastic, Plexiglas, pattern board, etc.…
I round the tip of the blade, so the point is smoth
KEEP IN MIND there no SAFETY GUARDS
Unlatch and jigsaw will hang underneath or
Just remove the blade, And you just have a slot in you table
Jigsaw MUST BE INSTALLED TIGHT and solid to workbench
Thank of it like this . . .
Router table . . . Jigsaw table,
Hand sander . . . disk sander.
A sawzall will work in place of the jigsaw
You just added one more tool to you shop
It is like a scroll saw, but open on the top end
I have had one of there for years. I love it.
You will love it.