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Forum topic by ashahidan posted 07-23-2013 12:23 AM 8334 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2013 12:23 AM

I am thinking of making a 10 inch table saw as i couldn’t afford to buy one.

i would like to know what spindle speed is needed for the saw. Also i would like to know whether a two horsepower motor is suitable to drive the blade.

If anybody has a plan for or has made a simple DIY table saw please let me know.


-- asm

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 12:25 AM

Here ya go Shahidan and good luck my friend.

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 12:28 AM

My first thought is “this is a disaster in the making.” But if you google “homemade tablesaw” there are a lot of results so apparently some people have done it, and lived to tell the tale. And if you’re going to go that route, then 2hp would probably do unless you’re cutting thick timbers.

The Delta unisaw speed is 4300. In the US most motors are either 1750ish (1725-1800) or 3500ish (3450-3600) so if you’ve got one of the faster ones it might get you going.

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#3 posted 07-23-2013 01:04 AM

2 hp is sufficient. Generally with modern carbide blades
you’re looking at setting up the pulleys for about 5000 rpm.

A table saw is way simpler to make if you don’t
need a tilting arbor. Some have the table tilt on
a hinge from the back to adjust blade height.

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 01:11 AM

I designed a homemade table saw a couple of years ago. I never actually built it because I realized that by the time you purchased the hardware, bearings, used motor, etc, you’d have a couple hundred dollars into it and you can get a nice used contractors saw for that price or even a new bench top saw like a Ryobi.

That said, I am always a believer in building yourself if you’re up to it!

Blade speed isn’t as important as power. Assuming it will be belt driven, a standard 3500-ish rpm motor would work fine. You’ll need at least 1HP, more if you cut a lot of hardwood. Most heavy duty contractor’s saws are 1.5hp, so if you have a 2hp motor, you’ll be just fine.

Getting the tilt and blade lowering mechanisms to work will be the biggest challenges. But it is very possible!

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#5 posted 07-23-2013 02:15 AM

by the time you purchased the hardware, bearings, used motor, etc, you’d have a couple hundred dollars into it and you can get a nice used contractors saw for that price or even a new bench top saw like a Ryobi.

Well said Stumpy,unless you want to build it for the sake of building it but a tool such as a TS must be precise ,reliable and most importantly safe,right now I have a Craftsman bench top table saw that you could have for free if you were close to me ,with the money you could save by buying a TS like mine(around $40 to $50) you could buy wood ,tools etc.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 07-23-2013 02:20 AM

I debated making a TS a few years ago before I bought one. Ultimately by the time you figure time, materials, and safety into building one you can buy a low end one. I’d rather have a cheap saw someone else made than something I made myself.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 07-23-2013 02:20 AM

He lives in Malaysia.

Power tools are costly and hard to get in some countries.

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#8 posted 07-23-2013 02:22 AM

Ah – Malaysia. Probably not a lot on Craigslist there.

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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#9 posted 07-23-2013 01:18 PM

I have seen Circular Saws flipped over and inserted into a sheet of 3/4 ” plywood screwed down to saw horses used as a makeshift TS. Heard it worked very well with sheet stock. Setting the fence had to be slow as it was held down with C-clamps. Not what I would want to use.
Good luck.

-- Fredj

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#10 posted 07-23-2013 11:08 PM

Thank you very much for all your views.

I live in Malaysia where woodworking machine are expensive. I couldn’t afford to buy any of them. I see price of wood working machines are generally cheap in the US. On the top of that you could easily get used machines at dirt cheap prices. Some eve can give away used machines for free. If I am in the US I wouldn’t mind traveling a thousand miles to get a good free machine. Here in my country a person will be considered out of his mind to donate any machine,even a broken one .

In Malaysia prices of tools like circular saws and power drills are affordable. For example, I could get a brand new 7 inch Skil circular saw for $230.00 (US$80.00) but a table saw will cost about ten times that. I couldn’t afford to put out that amount of money as I do not have a regular income as a retired person. Price of furniture here are cheap and you cannot make a living making furniture. General income level here is still low and people will continue buying cheap mass produce furniture even when the quality is low. Here,the buyers’ criteria in making a choice of buying are cheapness and usability. Quality and beauty are totally ignored.

I like making things out of wood but sometimes I feel like giving up because I could not do many things without proper machines.

A hobby woodworker is a lonely soul in this country. There is no such thing as a wood working club or a woodworking community.

Sorry for writing so long .

-- asm

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#11 posted 07-23-2013 11:15 PM

I built a table saw when I was 17. We used it for a long time. the most difficult part was keeping this square but that seems to be the problem with commercial saws also. I can’t say it was the safest thing that I have ever seen but I was young and the need was there. I had a shaft and some bearings I found used. I used a 1/2 hp motor. unless you intend to cut planks you will do okay with that. I had the motor available. We needed a saw and we had a saw. Be careful and you will be okay.

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#13 posted 07-24-2013 12:01 AM

How about using Hand tools,they must be available without costing too much,but you need a lot of time and patience.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 07-25-2013 01:16 AM

Do you have any reasonable options for band saws?
I would rather have band saw and a hand held circular saw than just a table saw.
The link in reply #1, to woodgears, has a plan for building a band saw that is very possible.

The link that Loren posted is interesting as well.

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#15 posted 07-25-2013 01:24 AM

I have seen the saws made by inverting a circular saw under a table and thought they looked scary, but in your situation it seems like it might be a good idea. You can get a pretty good depth of cut if the saw is mounted close to the surface of the table. You can still raise, lower and tilt the blade. Put a nice blade on there and start cutting.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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