A Cheap & Useful Cutting Table





Introduction: A Cheap & Useful Cutting Table

I make this cutting table 3 years ago, and I was made many things with it.

Step 1: Any Short Explanation

The pictures are of the first version. Later I took the angle grinder to the center of the table, screwing it to a board of iron of 1/8 inch so that the sharp disk stood out more than 1/2 inch.

The angle grinder is "removes and put", that is to say that I put it when I need to cut something, and then I remove it.

The angle grinder is very very cheap, but amazingly it has lasted many time, almost ten years.

The table is collapsible and was made of a little hard wood, red eucalyptus. It tolerates the bleakness without treatment.

Once again, you forgive my English.

Step 2: An Improvement

Any weeks after this instructable I did it an improvement: I carried the grinder support toward the center of the table.

As the wood is something thick (1 inch), I did a hole in it and I put in that place an iron plate of 1/8 inch, screwed with various screws, to which I fixed the grinder each time that I am going to use it. Of that way, the cutting blade exceed almost 20 mm.

Sorry the burry pictures.

You can see that the surface of the table has been attacked for the elements, but is not such badly considering that has been more than 5 years under the rain and the sun. I think that will lasts other 10 or more years.

Step 3: A New Enhancement (july 14, 2009)

Some months ago I buyed a electric welder. Then, I thought the attaching method deserves be reinforced.

Don't look the aesthetics of the weldings, it is horrible, but perform their function.

Today the grinder is much more firmly attached to the cutting table.



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Muy buena idea, aquí en México la herramienta es ridículamente cara y decidí comprar un esmeril (amoladora creo que le llaman allá) y montarlo de distintas formas para obtener otras herramientas. Creo que usaré esto.

Me alegro de haberte dado una buena idea. Pero fíjate que últimamente le he hecho algunas mejoras: llevar la amoladora al centro de la mesa, mejorar la sujeción, hacerla inclinable, hacerle una guía fácil de desplazar paralela, y al trineo hacerlo articulado para poder hacer cortes inclinados horizontalmente. Necesité hacer esos cambios porque como la había hecho al principio era muy limitada. Como está ahora me permite cortar hasta una pulgada, lo cual no es mucho pero para mí es suficiente.
Gracias por comentar.

Che muy bueno, yo pensaba construirme una sierra así pero no sabía como agarrar la amoladora a la mesa, muy bueno. Yo me hice un soporte para que sea tipo ingleteadora y cambiando el disco sensitiva. Un saludo!

Ahora estoy planeando hacerme una radial, como la que tiene Phil B, porque él está muy satisfecho con la versatilidad que tiene. A esta que tengo pensé ponerle una bisagra que permita bajarla y subirla, pero siempre estoy limitado por el grosor de la chapa soporte.

Gracias por comentar.


It is simple, looks effective and isn't expensive (why spend money when you don't need to. Keep your money in your pocket where it belongs).

Saw blades are easily changed too.

But, I think the edge of the table might need a cover so that fingers or loose clothing don't have a chance to get near the blade.

Maybe you look the first photo. Today the cutting blade is in middle of the table, it is safer. I cut iron sheet in it, too.

Maybe I will make some adjustements, such add a lever to raise/lower the blade. At present I do this, when needed, adding timbers to raise the piece to cut.

Thanks for comment!

I do nto know how I missed this. I like it very much. It is very clever, and I am certain it is very useful to you.

Yes, I use it often. The grinder is one these cheap and bad quality, and I am waiting if burns to change it. Meanwhile, it seems persevere...

can you cut steel plate with this say 1/4" thanks

It depends only on the grinder you use. I never did it, but yesterday I cut 2mm steel plate, without problem. I did a 18x18cm lid for a pool drainage.