Who Needs a Table Saw?

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Blog entry by Furnitude posted 12-21-2010 07:53 PM 1456 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 08:04 PM


Out of the box thinking and very clever. I like it.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 08:14 PM

You should see the dado blade. (stolen from another discussion).

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 08:19 PM

I was curious so I watched the video and was quite amazed. I would love have one of these. I wish they were a bit more affordable though. Might even be fun to build a shop made version of this saw. It seems pretty straight forward.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 08:28 PM

Yeah, seems like a great little saw but the price is a bit out of my range as well. Very good design though.

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 08:31 PM

I also thought about a shop made version. It does seem straightforward, but I think the trick that they achieve is incredibly precise mechanisms that would be difficult at best to achieve in the shop, especially with wood. Affordable or not, novelty or not, I think these tools are amazing in the sheer imagination behind them.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 08:58 PM

I think it would be a good use of a old benchtop table saw with a burnt out motor. Just mount the blade somehow, and build the sled. Way cheaper than that list price.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 09:26 PM

So, how fast does the blade get dull and who’s going to sharpen it. The Japanese pull style blades are a pain to sharpen.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 09:58 PM

Mitch- You basically have a sled that slides along two straight bars on bearings. Making that from scratch would require some work but I think it would be best to find an old junked machine that has the bars and bearings and then use that..

This just popped in my head but the ShopSmith for example has two parallel bars that the motor and tables slide along. If you had a ShopSmith or any other machine which all ready had the bars I don’t think it would be all that hard to make the table and attach the saw blade. Another thought would be a junked Radial Arm saw. You could possibly use the arm and bearings from that… I don’t know, those just came to mind. I would be happy with just crosscutting and miter abilities. Would be great for very small pieces.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 12-22-2010 02:00 PM

Good idea Dan.

You can get bar stock anywhere and two pulley rollers that fit the bar stock would work there. Thread the ends of the bar stock. If you didn’t want to do that, you could use a piece of maple and round over the top instead of bar stock.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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