Tablesaw Jig. Turns tablesaw into a Lathe!

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Project by Izzy Swan posted 08-07-2013 07:19 PM 20411 views 36 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a crazy cool way to use a tablesaw to do lathe work! Turn blanks for turning? No problem.. have a bunch of round tenons to cut? No problem.. need to make a bunch of perfectly matched spindles for stair or railing.. This jig can do it! I love to design and build woodworking machines. Let me know what you think.. thank for ch3cking it out… happy woodworking!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 07:38 PM

HA! Love it :)

But… wouldn’t it make more sense for it to go the other way relative to the saw blade?

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 07:39 PM

Thats cool. But, im sure somehow i’d cut my arm off if I were the operator.

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 07:44 PM

Very cool idea… I concur that I wouldn’t feel incredibly safe with its operation and will continue with the intent to attain a lathe at some point but again very cool Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 07:44 PM

I have tried it both at a 90 and 45 degree angle to the blade. head on works the best.. and is alot less prone to jumping and jamming.. been using a set up like this for yrs. Have never had a Single mishap.. just gotta keep the blank secure and works like a dre..

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 08:02 PM

Ingenious!! I’ve used a table saw to make large coves, but never thought you could do this kind of work work with it. You sir are a thinker!

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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#6 posted 08-07-2013 08:13 PM

Kind of a cool idea.

I think you could add stops and hold downs to make it more safe. I’d be afraid of pushing it so far it hit the mounting bolts/bearings, or having the piece ride up on the blade and throw it at me.

I think I’d still prefer to use my lathe.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Izzy Swan

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#7 posted 08-07-2013 08:25 PM

There are several bilt in stops.. and hold down are built in via a dove tail channel.. the tail and head stock receivers are all positioned above tje maximum blade height so its impossilbe to run the blade into any hardware.. it hard to squeeze all those details into a five minute video.. lol.. but will be posting more vids of this jig in action in the near future.. I realize at first glance it look intimidating n but I have neen using this and simmilar jigs for over a decade with not a single mishap.. like any other tool just have to be vigilant when it comes to safety.. thankyou for all the feed back it gives lots of great ideas of what kind of concerns to address in future posts and videos.Happy Woodworking!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 08:34 PM

Hey Izzy Welcome to LJs
This is a cool jig ,thanks for sharing your super idea.


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#9 posted 08-07-2013 09:56 PM

very cool
love the video also

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 10:51 PM

now that is one cool jig.

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 10:56 PM

That is awesome. Sure you could buy a lathe, but who wants to do that when you could make one? This one is going on the favorites list. I love making things work with what I’ve got.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 11:22 PM

Thankyou! This little jig has saved me so much money over the years.. I will be posting more vids of all the different thing that can be done with this jig.. again thanks for all the feed back!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#13 posted 08-07-2013 11:32 PM

I’m impressed! Nice innovation!

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#14 posted 08-08-2013 01:22 AM

Perhaps I’m missing something here. Don’t table saws operate around 4000 rpm. That’s too fast for a lot of lathe operations.

On the other hand, my Shopsmith is both saw and lathe, with variable speed.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#15 posted 08-08-2013 02:55 AM

If you havent checked out the vid attacthed to my post it might be hard to figure.. this is a jig.. it is certainly not to replace a lathe. There are many things that a late does this Jake certainly won’t do. Its magic perhaps for those who can’t afford to leave don’t have a later or otherwise would not be able to do anything turning. It also is very useful for repetitive work. Duplicating the same profile over and over again very accurately is made it extremely easy with this jig.. happy woodworking.. thanks again for all the feed back thi

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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