Don't have the money for a table saw, then Make your Own!!!!

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Blog entry by Woodworker_Collins posted 04-29-2012 11:43 AM 6971 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project a while ago but only finished it now this idea has been done before but most people just cut a slot in some plywood and attach their circular saw, whereas i got a piece of MDF and attached it to a black and decker workmate, i cut a recess in it for my circular saw and screwed into place, i cut mitre slots in the top of the mdf so i can make jigs to attach to the saw (crosscut sled) then i made a custom clamp that tightens very hard to the table. Materials cost is around 35euro and it takes around 3 weekends of work and it works great. once done making it make some push sticks and a zero clearance insert which i still need to do. I will post some more pics on my page. Hope you try and make this, it works a treat.

-- Adam, Ireland,

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David Craig

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#1 posted 04-29-2012 12:22 PM

Beautiful job Adam. I really like the riving knife to prevent binding of the material. Not a replacement for a table saw but definitely an ingenious substitute in the interim.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 12:54 PM

It looks like it should work. Nice job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 01:01 PM

I just saw this posted in projects and left a comment. I am all for thinking outside the box, I built a Cyclone DC completely out of wood, I needed it and I had a lot of scrap woo, and I didnt have $700+ to go buy one. If you want to check it out here is a link to my blog, LINK

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 04-29-2012 01:46 PM

many years ago you could actually buy a portable table and your circular saw bolted upside down underneath it. You’ve duplicated that idea. Nice job.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 04-29-2012 03:30 PM

Thats the way to do it. Nice job, Adam.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 04:22 PM


That’s quite an ambitious project and nicely detailed. Looking forward to see the projects that roll off that tablesaw.

Work Safe and have Fun. – GrandpaLen

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 04-29-2012 11:58 PM

Very innovative. Looks like it will serve you well.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 02:56 PM

what a great saw you did here adam

this is the best version i’ve seen

really nice

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 06-07-2012 03:00 PM

Fantastic work a very cool table saw.

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 09:58 PM

Did you ever post any additional pics on your Blog page, Adam?

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Nevermind … found it—->

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