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Project by EMVarona posted 08-27-2010 09:15 AM 10712 views 38 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a long time I wanted to have a table saw but the finances were just not enough so I just had to find a way to make accurate 90 and 45 degree cuts with the modest equipment available. So I assembled this sawing board. The saw I have is an old Craftsman I bought second hand in 1969. It has a 6.5 in. blade that cuts up to 2 inches thick wood and is 110 v. Have to use a transformer. The sawing board is just an oversized miter box. It cuts 90 or 45 degree perfectly with ease. The main feature are the rails. Guess what … the rails are nothing more than shelving hardware. Twenty-four in. wide boards can be cut easily. Metal straps are attached to the four corners of the saw. The cuts are smooth, clean, and straight. I rub paraffin (candle) on the the rails so the saw will move easier and smoother forward and back. To cut 45 deg. I use a board cut to a perfect 45-45-90, triangle that serves as a guide.

The saw works perfectly well inspite of its age. I changed the blade only once over that long period. I used to sharpen the blade. Now I have a tungsten carbide tip blade.

If I needed to make long rip cuts, I just take it out of the board.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 09:57 AM

Looks like an early prototype for the TRITON Work bench…
And it seems to be a winner…
so what ever works for you…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 10:20 AM

Ed, that looks really sweet! It just goes to show that ingenuity can make modest tools do many of the same things the more expensive tools will do. Thanks for sharing!

-- Robb

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 12:39 PM

That’s pretty cool! I like the design you’ve used – looks really useful!

-- -- Mike

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 02:35 PM

Great idea and a great project. When you do get a table saw, I bet you will still use this jig. I use one a lot like it with my router for flattening slabs and cutting dadoes.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 02:56 PM

Very cool idea. Kind of a miniature poor mans panel saw. If you have a router, make a carriage that you can mount your router too that will ride on the rails. You could use it for easily cutting dados across a panel. Also, I like the idea for the miter attachment. You could make attachments like that for virtually any angle you wanted and have excellent repeatability. It might take a little trial and error to get it right the first time, but once it is, it would take no time to set it up for future use. The potential applications/adaptations are limitless. Very cool jig.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 08-27-2010 03:14 PM

this is a great setup. Impressive!

Thanks for the reminder that sometimes there are (somewhat) simple solutions to everything we are trying to make.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 03:31 PM

Really cool, and aq design everyone can efford.
Thank you for sharing,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 08-27-2010 04:04 PM

I really like the creativity and features of this. Very clever.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 04:14 PM

very nice project. I’m a big fan of ingenuity.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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#10 posted 08-27-2010 04:29 PM

when the pickings in the wallet are slim…....improvise!!!

Good job!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#11 posted 08-27-2010 05:58 PM

excellent. with this and a nice freud blade you looks pretty well equipped.

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 07:13 PM

Hello EMVarona

A simple project and a very good result All we need

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#13 posted 08-27-2010 10:21 PM

Whilst I have pretty much what I need in my workshop (i’ve made tools myself) I find this kind of project inspiring. In the true sense of sharing that LJ’s is based on you continue to prove that you don’t need ‘big bucks’ to acheive a good result. Just ingenuity and readily available materials. More power to your elbow.

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

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#14 posted 08-27-2010 11:58 PM

To All: Thanks for your encouraging comments.

For HalDougherty: Yes, infact, I only a few months ago I got a table saw. I thought it would make life easier. It turns out the lowly jig does a better job of making life easier. I looked over you router sled. That’s brilliant. It’s exactly what I was thinking of next. I read elsewhere that that the router is an alternate to the thickness sander. I have a lot of scrap lumber here and the router sled would come in handy in resurrecting them.

For docholladay: Yes, you are absolutely correct. The arrangement opens the doors to tremendous possibilities.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#15 posted 08-28-2010 01:20 AM

Ed, us Festool owners are constantly wondering what the big deal about table saws is. Looks like you’re discovering the same thing! in fact, I’m thinking about how I could adapt shelf rails like that for various uses in my shop!

nice work!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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