Shop-made Format Style Table Saw

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Project by tacuabe posted 07-29-2015 05:48 PM 3483 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everybody!

This is my first contribution to the forum. My father was a fine woodworker and furniture creator/builder and I’ve been working wood since my teen ages (I’m 79 now). during those early stages I witnessed many shop concocted solutions and a few machines. At those times good machinery was scarce and costly. Eventually my father retired and I was on my own. I never worked wood for a living, becoming a Land Surveyor in due time.

However, the seed was sown and later on I started producing things for me and my family. I also found out that good machines were still scarce and even more costly. So I decided to start by buiding my own table saw. Gilliom came to the rescue and I purchased plans and some parts. That was way back in 1997. But the story is long and if you’re interested there’s a lot to see and read in Google Drive at the following link:

I include a few photos to whet your appetite. I’m also indebted to RetiredCoastie whose original mount of a blade guard I adopted for mine. The saw includes a router, a small jointer and an integral dust collector with a Thien separator. As the story tells, it was continuosly used, modified and upgraded. The last change transformed it into an European Format Style.

It has provided me with a good service over many years and I was able to modify it to suit my needs and my taste. All in all, I’d say it can be done. Hope you like it.

-- Tacuabe

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#1 posted 07-29-2015 06:26 PM

All I can say is ‘WOW’!
That is very cool sir!

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 07:14 PM

This is exactly what lumberjocks is about. Please do not be a stranger.

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#3 posted 07-29-2015 07:19 PM

WOW! This is masterpiece. Excellent capabilities with great finish look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 07-29-2015 08:03 PM

Nice to see. It looks like you have incorporated all the “toys” needed to get full use from your saw. I always enjoy when someone has created a functional item “most times out of necessity”. 40 years ago I bought the basic 113…..craftsman contractor saw. No stand, no extentions. We build the stand on wheels, I added a 42” table extension, added a router table. dust collection underneath. I still have that saw today. It has built a LOT of kitchen cabinets in its time.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 07-29-2015 08:22 PM

congratulations, very nice construction and very creative. Wow

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#6 posted 07-29-2015 08:40 PM

Great pieze of machinery- and great story! Like how you have modfied it over and over again as needs and possibilities changed. Great documentation as well.
I guess this is the closest i have seen to a homemade version of a European combination machine..
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 07-29-2015 10:52 PM

Wow, indeed! Welcome to LJ’s! That’s an impressive build and an equally impressive shop! Very organized and well-kept.

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#8 posted 07-29-2015 11:03 PM

That may be the most impressive shop made tool(s) I’ve ever seen. You are indeed a craftsman, sir!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 07-29-2015 11:44 PM

A BIG THANKS to everybody! Your kind words are very much appreciated.

I’m happy to share my exploits and offer my assistance to anyone wishing to embark into a similar project.

I also feel quite welcome to this wonderful site.


-- Tacuabe

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#10 posted 07-30-2015 03:07 AM

Tacuabe -

Holy smokes!!! This is incredible and I’m so happy you shared it with all of us. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 07-30-2015 04:46 AM

ok this is one of the most amazing craziest thing I have seen on this site…. WOW

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#12 posted 07-30-2015 12:36 PM

Every day when I look at this site, I’m amazed at the creativity, engineering and attention to detail. This saw is no exception. Welcome Tacuabe. We’d all love to see some more of your stuff.

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#13 posted 07-30-2015 04:51 PM

That is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 07-30-2015 05:36 PM

That is great. I hope you post more of your projects.

-- Julian

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