Very Simple DIY Table Saw




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This homemade table saw is made out of a track saw

Step 1: The Idea

a track saw has a rail
but if you turn the saw upside down
the rail becomes a very handy cross cut sled

Step 2: What Can You Expect?

with a special clamp , that fits into the rail
you have a very clever crosscut sled
you can cut every angle you want

and with a board, as a table saw fence, you can cut all of your stripes

for bigger parts, you can easily uninstall the saw
and use it as a normal track saw again

Step 3: Overview

you need only to build

  • a jig for the deep setting,
  • a frame for the saw and
  • a trigger for the switch

Step 4: How to Built the Frame

The frame is made out of two boards

in the first picture, you see a little nose on the saw

this nose disturb the fit of the boards

so I cut them out with a jig saw

Step 5: Set Up

I screwed down one board on my table,
I placed the saw in position
and then I screwed down the second board

Step 6: Secure the Saw

this saw has two holes on his plate

but unfortunately this holes are out of the range of the boards

so I screwed two blocks of plywood under the boards

and I could fix the saw with two screws

Step 7: Prevent the Rail for Tillting

This rail has a second slot on the back

I used this to secure it in place

I drilled two holes, threaded them and screwed to bolts in

Step 8: The Trigger

a little clamp, made out of 6 mm Plywood
hold the switch in place

for work with the saw you need an outlet with a switch

Step 9: The Deep Adjustment, Step 1

My saw has a hole in the handle

in this hole fits perfect a 6 mm threaded rod

Step 10: The Deep Adjustment, Step 2

this threaded rod goes through a slot of a little board

made out of 4 mm plywood

Step 11: The Deep Adjustment, Step 3

to screw on this board, it was necessary to drill and thread a new hole

first I thought, I can use the existed hole above

but this is to high, and it disturbs the saw to tilt it to 45 degrees

Step 12: Supporting Boards

my rail is 12 mm high

therefore I screwed two 6 mm boards of MDF on the left side

and two of them, glued together, on the right side

but on the right side, I made a cut with the saw so

the saw blade and the riving knife comes all the way through

Step 13: The Result

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    15 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Could you add a paper template for the depth adjustment and the
    "always-on" clamp? That would be very useful, and you just have to trace
    your existing parts on paper and scan them with some scale added.

    Nebenbei: Grüße aus Innsbruck und besten Dank für die Idee!

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Step 1: Get a festool tracksaw
    Step 2: Oh wait, I can almost get a table saw for the price!

    Speaking more seriously this is a good example of working with what you have, I have improvised with hand tools as well. Maybe not the safest or right application, but if it does the job and doesn't pose an almost guaranteed danger - why not.

    4 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Bring your DIY's to INSTRUTABLES.Raitis !
    We are waiting.


    Reply 2 years ago

    If you can get a table saw for the price, than you have a toy, I guess.

    And if you think Dewalt or Makita is cheaper, look at the picture.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Ahh, I looked into some different model of this same look which goes for almost 800 euro where I live (new). But really, the point was what rustybender wrote. I wasn't trying to mock what you made in any way, sorry if it looked that way.


    Reply 2 years ago

    In the US you can find used contractor saws on Craigslist and at pawn shops for under $400 easily. I would hardly call those toys. They aren't cabinet saw quality, but they are going to be better suited for table saw work than any upside-down track saw. I think Raitis's point is it would be foolish to go out and buy a track saw just to use in this manner. Now if someone already has a track saw, this is a clever way to repurpose that tool and delay purchasing a dedicated table saw. It would also be a nice alternative for someone with limited workshop space.


    2 years ago

    I have a table that converts a circular saw into a table saw. It also has mounts for a router and jigsaw. It's a plastic piece of crap but I got it at a garage sale cheap.


    2 years ago

    its interesting but I question the safety. Go to Harbor Freight or Big Box for a purpose built table saw, your fingers will thank you.

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    2 years ago

    Cool idea, a nice space saver and a great new use for a nice piece of equipment. BTW, I did something very similar with my dads Skilsaw circa 1975 and burned it up.

    I see you guys are arguing about cost and etc....

    Haven't any of you heard of Craigslist? You can buy decent quality table saws all day long for for under $300.


    2 years ago

    What I want to know is where did you find a cat that will lie curled up asleep that close while that saw is running? You did say the saw was in normal operation!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    My dog jumps up to see what i'm doing when ever I use power tools, and it bugs the hell out of me, if he's that interested why the hell doesn't he ever help when I ask him to !