Homemade Table Saw. Is making Sawdust By the Barrels

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Project by Izzy Swan posted 10-03-2013 11:12 PM 17171 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am doing this new thing on Youtube called the $50 Wood Shop. In An effort to get folks who are interested in woodworking motivated to try it. In an attempted to get those who might not have a pile of money to spend on equipment I am showing people how they can get started for as low as $50 dollars. So for my first couple vids I built this homemade Table Saw out of an old skills saw that was given to me. you can check it out by clicking the link below.. Would love to hear what you guys think about this!

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-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 11:22 PM

my first table saw I made with a old Skil saw. Used it for a couple years and made a bunch of toys for my infant son…who is now 29. Your project brings back old memories.Thanks for posting.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 11:38 PM

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#3 posted 10-04-2013 12:35 AM

My first “Table Saw” was even simpler than that, just a scrap piece of plywood with an attached fence… Made a shallow cut into the plywood with my Circular Saw (fence against fence) and then either screwed or clamped the piece to be cut to the piece of plywood… Positioned right over the original, shallow cut (and after a height adjustment), it was actually very accurate!
But slow going of course, as the board had to be re-positioned and re-attached each time…
It only became a “Table Saw” when I got tired of using it on the floor, and clamped the plywood and fence to the kitchen table… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 10-04-2013 12:46 AM

Very good idea, Izzy!! Boy you sure can work fast!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 12:49 AM

This is a great idea. Nice job on the table saw too.

-- Todd, Ontario, CA

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#6 posted 10-04-2013 02:37 AM

This was my first table saw as well. Great job and Im sure your video’s will def get new woodworkers started, who other wise thought woodworking was beyond them or too expensive to get started! I dont know of any woodworkers that started with the shops that they have now. Everybody has to start somewhere, and Im sure your efforts will get many folks to start! Awesome buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 10-04-2013 12:26 PM


I’ve already said you were a genius. Now
I’m wondering if you can handle a belt drive you can raise and bevel. This is not a criticism, this is a request because it seems that you can figure out anything.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 10-04-2013 12:50 PM

I really like the concept of a series of videos on woodworking on the cheap/simple.

From a personal wiewpoint there is perhaps a little too much talk and not so much info for the woodworking newbie; How do you deal with the difficult parts, wich kind of table saw to choose, why this desing etc. Just thoughts.

Looking forward to see more 50$ woodworking!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 10-04-2013 01:14 PM

I understand the idea of going cheap. It just freightens me a bit. Kind of like the house that burns down because of the cheap fix on the electrical wiring. This set up is a bit dangerous especially for a beginner. No safety guards, no splitter, no fingers…..yikes.
Not trying to offend anyone, but there’s a reason table saws used to look like this and have evolved to what they are today. You can buy $100 table saws and they at least have safety features. Then save your money and buy bigger and better when you can afford to.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 10-04-2013 02:20 PM

I enjoy your videos and your clever designs. Regarding safety: I also have concerns using a homemade table saw. My suggestion would be find a good used TS on Craigslist. But each person has to make their own decision.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 10-04-2013 02:50 PM

It is important to be safe while using any equipment. But homemade saw used safely is no more dangerous then a store bought saw used safely. It also lacks alot of power comparitivley to a standard saw so there is mush less chances of kick back and blade pinch will simple stop the saw. It is also important to remember that there are lots ofplaces I this world where getting a table saw is very difficult if at all possible. A simple homemade saw my be the only option. I think it is better to see how to build one that is as safe as it can be, then to just guess at it.

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#12 posted 10-04-2013 02:55 PM

Mark the fiddler – like your idea! It would be no problem to design and build but probably out of the reach of most of my viewers. I try very hard to keep things as simple as possible.

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#13 posted 10-04-2013 04:47 PM

Great idea. I recall a PS, MI or PM article in the 60s or 70s that used window latches to hold a portable saw in a table allowing quick removal for hand use.

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#14 posted 10-04-2013 05:15 PM

If this proves one thing it’s that it’s about the worker and not the tools.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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#15 posted 10-04-2013 05:39 PM

Eddie-thats a cool idea! Be great on a job site! Mlps-truer words have not been spoken. I have watched an old man carve lion feet that were the best I have ever seen with a pocket knife and a couple of krud homemade carving tools. I have watched a woman with a chainsaw cut 2×4 lumber out of logs with no jigs or chalk lines that were near perfect as good as any ive seen come off a mill. Its the person not the tools.

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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