Folding Tablesaw and Outfeed / Assembly Table

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Project by Peter Alkema posted 05-02-2020 10:29 PM 532 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi everyone, this combined project literally cost nothing but will have the biggest impact on my workshop and woodworking. When we moved to our previous house 8 years ago I bought a lot of workshop tools from the owner, including a very old, sturdy workbench he had made which you can see in green in the pictures and with the vise on the other side. So we have been in lockdown in South Africa for about a month (in our new house) and I had a door that we used to put on trestles for the kids to do painting or for an extra surface in the shop. The top of the old workbench was really damaged so I ended up not actually using it until I just screwed down the door to the top of the old workbench for an instant assembly table!

I had also bought a really (like really!!) old circular saw from the same guy called a Derby Holz-Her. I think I had maybe tried it once to check it worked and then it had been in a box ever since as I always preferred my trusty Bosch. I happened to see the Derby last week and a couple pieces of wood I had lying around and thought: Hey, turn it upside down and make a table saw on the end of my new assembly table which them doubles as an outfeed. So yesterday and today that’s what I did. I found this old advert for the same circular saw from Canadian Workshop Magazine, 1979!!! So this circular saw is probably as old as I am (43 years) and still runs amazingly well. By the way today I was supposed to be painting a book case I made for my daughter – you can see it with the primer coat sitting on the end of the assembly table in one of the pictures – oh well – she understood.

So I plunge cut into the under side of the folding surface, drilled through and mounted it, added some legs, hinges and cross braces and there’s a table saw! I even managed to re-purpose the old safety guard to put over the blade on the top, but will need to add some more safety features, a fence, cross cut sled etc etc. It even has a height adjustment, so when its folded away I can pull the blade away from the surface and its not even showing. It also has a riving knife which I don’t think you see on many new circular saws these days, but is a good safety feature on a table saw (?) My only challenge now is honestly whether i will ever actually fold it away, it was already so useful, even just to cut its own legs and cross pieces. So – amazing what you can do when you have to make do – a 40 year old workbench and circular saw both re-purposed to an assembly / outfeed table and folding table saw!

Lockdowns definitely have their advantages! More time in the workshop and you end up being far more inventive / creative with what you already have.

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#1 posted 05-03-2020 02:21 AM

Clever. I really like your solution of having it drop away when not in use.

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#2 posted 05-03-2020 02:38 AM

And folx argue about needing splitters, riving knives, kicked out rip fences, crosscut sleds, miter gauges, safety switches, dust collection, SawStop saws, etc.

Safeties? We don’t need no steenk’in safeties!

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