Update of a shop-built Format Tablesaw

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Project by tacuabe posted 04-19-2017 02:54 AM 4511 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 2015 I posted information and some pics of my rendering of a Format Style tablesaw. Around the same time I was approached by a fellow woodworker from Germany who had already built a tablesaw of his own.

He was so much interested in my design that I slowly started producing detailed drawings which he used to build an extremely fine replica of my machine. He also helped to correct the inevitable mistakes that creep unnoticed in such a large project. In the meantime. I had designed an innovative method to raise the blade vertically instead of the usual basculating system. This worked extremely well and considerably simplified the installation of a riving knife.

In essence, my present saw, still going strong after 20 years, acquired the status of prototype. André Wagner’s build represents the latest edition and includes all the improvements in between.

We then published some videos in YouTube and the encouraging comments lead us to finally create a website to provide additional information and a place to download plans at a very reasonable cost. You’re welcome to visit where you will also find links to the YT videos, photos, contact information and additional tidbits of interest.

The plans are supplied as a Manual which has 81 pages of which 38 are text with step by step instructions, 43 are dimensioned drawings of all components of the machine and a Photos file with 232 pics with comments showing different parts in detail.

Here is a photo of the finished saw so you can appreciate the quality of the design and construction. This machine replicates as many features as possible of a Format Saw within the possibilities of a shop-built equivalent.

We welcome your questions and supply written support to interested parties.

Hector Acevedo and Andre Wagner.

-- Tacuabe

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#1 posted 04-19-2017 11:03 AM

This is an amazing saw…

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#2 posted 04-19-2017 02:58 PM

That is incredible. Great job.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 04-19-2017 03:44 PM

Wow, real nice job guys. Incredible engineering!

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#4 posted 04-19-2017 04:30 PM

I hope you guys are in the process of a patent.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#5 posted 04-19-2017 04:38 PM

This is a nice shop-built machine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-19-2017 04:39 PM

Do you have a rough idea about how much time it would take to build this saw with your instructions and a rough idea about the cost of materials? Are you going to sell your manual? Amazing work.

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#7 posted 04-19-2017 04:46 PM

Nicely done sir!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#8 posted 04-19-2017 05:15 PM

Very impressive.


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#9 posted 04-19-2017 06:43 PM

If this doesn’t make it into the Daily Top 3, nothing makes sense. This is an awesome project. Very impressive.

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#11 posted 04-19-2017 07:58 PM

For plans and additional information please visit

Thanks for the compliments!

Hector Acevedo and Andre Wagner

-- Tacuabe

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#12 posted 04-19-2017 09:41 PM

This is amazing, I might want to make one someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 04-19-2017 11:06 PM

Unbelievable. What a cool project that is obviously perfected after many years of incredibly hard work. Integrated dust collection, router and jointer!? Incredible. The videos are awesome displays of it’s uses.

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#14 posted 04-21-2017 01:47 AM

Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 04-25-2017 04:37 AM

I saw on your website that you can’t give cost estimates because of price variations in material. Can you give a basic material checklist so we could figure outnfornouraelves what we might be looking at for local costs? This look really neat.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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