How to Make a Homemade Table Saw With Circular Saw




This time I'll make a homemade table saw by using regular circular saw
How I did it - you can check by looking DIY video or you can follow up instructions bellow.

For this project you will need:


Melamine, plywood or other board for table top and legs

Wood screws (50mm) and 16mm with flat head

Circular saw

Zip tie

Power strip


Drill and bits



A file

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Step 1: Preparation

Drilled 5 4mm holes in circular saw base - that's will be new fixing points to the board. Also cleaned burs left after drilling.

Step 2: The Position of Saw

For table saw top, I'll use some old laminated particle board also know as melamine. It's 1.8cm thickness, 50cm wide and 80cm long. I think it was a part of cabinet or closet before. But it will work for me ideal - because this board is straight, and all edges are perfectly square.
Put circular saw in my preferred place. I wanted to have 30cm from front to the saw, but that's depends from your personal mind.

Checked does everything is square, and marked fixing points. Predrilled and screwed all 5 screws in. I used 16mm wood screws with flat head. This will give more holding surface and sits better, to flat circular saw base. Let's check does it still perpendicular to surface, and to front edge.

Step 3: In Progress

Turn on circular saw and slowly cut a gap for blade in melamine board.

Check does saw is square to table top. And it is!

Step 4: Table Saw Base

Marked, predrilled and screwed two beams with 8 by 4 cm size to the bottom of board. This will be fixing structure for table saw legs. To make legs, i used the same laminated particle boards like before, from same old closet. between both legs - inserted one more board, to give more support for all construction.

Step 5: Electric Part

Zip tied depressed trigger. Made two holes, to zip it power strip. I'm using power strip with on/off button. That's will be my on/off switch.

Step 6: Test Cut

And finally - lets test it. With two clamps and square beam, I made temporarily side fence.

Later on, I made a proper table saw fen. How I did it - you could check In my other insctructables article, Click Here!

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    7 Discussions

    Robert Monter

    2 years ago

    Good job ! I want to create one :)


    2 years ago

    Step 5: Electric Part, from image I see that you have pull down on the top piece, this is really dangers setup, you need something more rigid, with this setup you can only cut small pieces of plywood. Circular saw have a lot of vibrations, and you do not have space to screw bigger screws from the bottom side. Good luck and my suggestion is to buy solid wood and build it again.

    This is my setup, I do not want to promote my self just to compare my table legs with yours.


    2 years ago

    This instructable should really be taken down, this whole setup is extremely dangerous and just asking for dismemberment, impalement, or worse. There is a very good reason why tablesaws have safety pawls, riving knives, and a fence that isn't questionable at best. Anyone using this rigged deathtrap is asking for wood to bind up, the saw to break free, or deadly kickback to occur.


    Or, really ever.

    THIS INSTRUCTABLE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. It's only marginally better than zip tying a saw to an upside down milkcrate.


    2 years ago

    that look's dangerous to me ...


    2 years ago

    Asking for an accident IMO.

    For the cost of the circular saw and the plywood you could pickup an inexpensive used table saw with a guard, splitter, etc... Not to mention the issues with fence alignment, accuracy, stability... lack of dust collection...

    Anyone considering doing this should think about the risks very carefully.

    Phil B

    2 years ago

    I wondered how you manage crosscuts, but see you made a sled for that in another Instructsble. It is generally a good idea to keep the blade as low as possible. If you hand slips onto the blade during cutting, you have a flesh wound. You have not lost a finger.