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Project by devann posted 04-10-2016 07:37 AM 1433 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here a pictures of my new version of a homemade portable table saw. I made one many years ago (15+) and it served me well, I just wore the top out sliding wood across it. * It can be seen in my forum section. I gave my old one away. It was on it’s second motor (they’re cheap) and still working. The person re skinned the top and is still using it.

This time I used plastic laminate for durability of the top. I also changed blade size from a 8 1/2” to a 10”. I basically did the same thing as last time, used a modified DeWalt 7 1/4” circular saw, wall plug, light switch, and whatever wood, & metal I had laying around. I did include some bicycle parts to clamp the fence in place this time.

Because I used leftover materials and only had to buy the motor, blade, & minor hardware I was able to build the saw for under $175.

As mentioned, it’s a portable saw. I built it for the jobsite. Basically for ripping wood. It breaks down for hauling to the job. There are four components. The top & motor, the fence & rails, & the two leg assemblies. It’s all held together with 8 screws & 4 bolts. Any thought about improvements welcome.

Those of you wondering here’s my other table saw. The one with the miter gauge slots. It’s not very portable,

1964 Boice Crane.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with





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#1 posted 04-10-2016 09:05 AM

Realy nice, I respect home made work and home made maschines.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 03:41 PM

That is one great build. I like homemade tools. A number one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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devann

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#3 posted 04-10-2016 03:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words, Ivan, David ,& Brain.

Sometimes homemade tools better fit the requirements of the maker. Nearly are always cheaper, and can be a pleasure to make. I’ve seen some impressive homemade tools on this site. Blaine Vonhagen’s homemade table saw is about my favorite.

Ivan, I looked at your workshop. You pack a lot into a small package. I see you like to make your own tools too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 10:34 PM

Nothing wrong with that saw. Woodworkers are the worlds best at letting their imagination run wild.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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devann

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#5 posted 04-11-2016 05:58 AM

Thanks Bruce, wild imaginations makes for some of the best looking projects. And I’m not talking about mine. There are some really wild looking projects on the site. A fellow named Jeffro comes to mind. You should see his stuff.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 04-11-2016 06:19 AM

AMAZING HOMEMADE SAW DARREL !!!!!
BETTER THAN AN ACQUIRED SAW :-)
*

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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devann

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#7 posted 04-11-2016 07:28 AM

Thank you Kova, It may not be better than a factory built but it does cost less. And judging from my last one built, this saw will outlast a factory built.

The person that now has my old saw had a portable table saw that is very popular with many of the U.S.A. members of this site. He used his saw commercially has do I.

His factory made saw only lasted about 5 years. The saw I gave him is already 3xs that old. At my age now, I hope the next person that gets this saw puts it to good use.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 04-11-2016 11:28 PM

Cool. I love the drawer slide extensions. That is a great idea

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#9 posted 04-12-2016 05:15 AM

AQUÍ ESTÁ LA QUE ME CONSTRUÍ PARA HACER JUGUETES DE MADERA:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/64114

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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devann

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#10 posted 04-12-2016 05:30 AM

Thanks Jim. Having already made one many years ago. I thought about how to improve this one. I didn’t draw any plans or write anything down but I had some pretty big ideas about what I wanted. Things like, a folding rail for the fence on top and an out feed extension that folded under the saw for transport purposes. (remember this is a portable)

Unfortunately once I began to build the saw I thought that I must be suffering from delusions of grandeur,:^) So I came back to earth and blew off the folding options, checked my materials inventory and went for plan B. That’s when I thought of using the drawer slides.

I did get the bicycle parts to work for the fence. I used those little Vise-Grip bar clamps on the old one. I switched from a proven wood leg design that was stable and easy to knockdown to metal to save weight.

I like to have multiple ZCIs for all my stationary saws, don’t’ like those pieces flying back at me. I change them has I change the angle setting.

Anybody with any suggestions for improvements I’m game. I’ve never built anything perfect yet.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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