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A cheap & useful cutting table

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

Picture of An improvement
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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.

I_StarkGuy6 months ago
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.
rimar2000 (author)  I_StarkGuy6 months ago
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!
rimar2000 (author)  faacuunndoo1 year ago
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.
Machine2 years ago
Nice.

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.
rimar2000 (author)  Machine2 years ago
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!
Phil B3 years ago
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.
rimar2000 (author)  Phil B3 years ago
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
rimar2000 (author)  2 stroke 2 years ago
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.
thanks i really appreciate it
That is like my circular handsaw. I had a very good one. When I bought the radial arm saw my wife said, "You are not going to have two saws!" and she made me sell the good circular saw. A few years later I needed a circular saw and her parents gave me one as a gift that I never would have bought for myself. For 36 years I have been waiting for it to burn up so I could replace it with a better one, but it continues to work. Now I am old enough that I will not use a circular saw enough to make a new one worthwhile, even if the one I do not really like would burn up.
rimar2000 (author)  Phil B3 years ago
HAHAHA!!!

Well, then we can go to the bar and get drunk together and mourn our sorrows!
That may be a good plan. A comedian in the USA says women resent it when men go into the forest by themselves; but all they want to do is drink some beer, complain about women, and relieve themselves against a tree.
profpat4 years ago
very genius idea!!!
rimar2000 (author)  profpat4 years ago
Thanks, very much. In fact, spent several years and still I use it.
dadu20074 years ago
Perdon    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxbzrf4z_cg
rimar2000 (author)  dadu20074 years ago
Very clever!

I didn't think this, but my cutting table can do it! Thanks for the idea.
From an Argentine to another .. Saludos
rimar2000 (author)  dadu20074 years ago
Jélou, witfader, tanto taste!
dadu20074 years ago
we could add this
rimar2000 (author)  dadu20074 years ago
?
DIY Dave4 years ago
Where did you get the blade for your angle grinder for cutting wood?
rimar2000 (author)  DIY Dave4 years ago
Hello Dave. I live in Argentina, so I do not think you can serve my data. Here almost all hardware stores sell these sheets.

That of the instructable I bought it in
Duca Hardware, Arana Avenue and 41 Street, Villa Elisa, Bs As, Argentina, South America (http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Ciudad+Aut%C3%B3noma+de+Buenos+Aires,+Argentina&ll=-34.851174,-58.076997&spn=0.002126,0.00478&t=k&z=18)
Hi this is excellent I did the same thing with a Circuler saw upside down Never thought of using a grinder
rimar2000 (author)  stephenniall5 years ago
Thanks. Really, the fact to use the grinder it has allowed me to cut metal pipe and some other similar tasks. Another hit (among so many committed errors) was give it a enough height to work standing up. I can use it to support the platter, knife, cutting boards and other accessories when I do "asado" (argentine barbecue).
Your welcome It is quite a good idea to use a grinder though as i suppose with the grinder not being screwed on Always So if anything goes wrong you cant stop it its alot safer
Dipankar6 years ago
Excellent !!!!! what more can I say. This is something very useful to those who take their work seriously. Please check out my NEW Instructable titled DESIGN CUTTING TABLE in the Craft Section.
rimar2000 (author)  Dipankar6 years ago
Thanks by the compliment. I have seen the table that you have designed, it is also interesting. ¿Where are you from? ¿Indian? I am from Argentina (South America)
Robotrix7 years ago
Hey, this is really nice. Can you explain a little better how you've attached the grinder so that you can take it off whenever you need it? I can't tell from the pictures how you have it attached.
rimar2000 (author)  Robotrix6 years ago
Recently I put some photos in my instructable on the cutting table.
iffee7 years ago
Great idea but needs more details and pictures regarding attaching grinder to the table.
rimar2000 (author)  iffee6 years ago
Subsequently to this instructable, I did make at the cutting table an important 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 leaf exceed almost 20 mm. I will try to take some pictures this weekend.
IdahoDavid7 years ago
Very nice. I have a commercially made saw table that is very similar that uses my circular saw. The saw is attached under the table using the square plate surrounding the blade. Four flathead bolts are countersunk in to the top of the table and go down through four brackets that clamp the saw plate tight to the bottom. The power cord plugs into at switch activated by a bar running along the front of the table. The on/off switch of the saw is locked in the on position.
theRIAA7 years ago
oooooh nifty