Very Simple DIY Table Saw

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Introduction: Very Simple DIY Table Saw

About: If you like simple solutions then here you can find some of my crazy ideas.

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

    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!

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    Raitis

    1 year 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.

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

    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.

    saegevergleich.jpg

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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    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.

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/search/tla?query=table+saw&max_price=500

    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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    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 !