A Simple Foot Powered Jig Saw

I might have to get around to making one of these. I have a deep appreciation for simple, effective technology and this certainly looks like it fits the bill.

A simple foot powered jig saw

simple foot powered jig saw


Why this jig saw was considered “less desirable for ladies’ use” is perplexing.  This was written in 1875 but it still makes no sense to me.

This plan came from “Fret Sawing and Wood Carving (1875)” available for free at the always wonderful Internet Archive.

4 thoughts on “A Simple Foot Powered Jig Saw

  1. Hm. With a sewing machine treadle, you could keep your feet completely, or almost completely under your skirts – there’s an early photo here: http://www.quilt.com/BulletinBoard/bb/uploaded_images/Singer-Treadle-001-760594.jpg
    OTOH, considering the same sort of skirt, and a treadle jigsaw like this one: http://home.comcast.net/~richmondantiquetools/images/Nov2008meetingpics/NewRogersTreadleSaw.JPG has me thinking about the dire warnings from parents and teachers about not getting caught in machinery.

  2. I had the same thought at first but I think this device only requires gentle tapping of the foot; much less awkward than operating a treadle sewing machine, etc. But you may be right!

  3. “Why this jig saw was considered “less desirable for ladies’ use” is perplexing. This was written in 1875 but it still makes no sense to me.”

    I’d suspect that it was less desirable for ladies use as it wouldn’t be possible to use such a rig easily or modestly while wearing floor length skirts.

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