Update of a shop-built Format Tablesaw

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Project by tacuabe posted 04-19-2017 02:54 AM 1532 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 2015 I posted information and some pics of my rendering of a Format Style tablesaw. Around the same time I was approached by a fellow woodworker from Germany who had already built a tablesaw of his own.

He was so much interested in my design that I slowly started producing detailed drawings which he used to build an extremely fine replica of my machine. He also helped to correct the inevitable mistakes that creep unnoticed in such a large project. In the meantime. I had designed an innovative method to raise the blade vertically instead of the usual basculating system. This worked extremely well and considerably simplified the installation of a riving knife.

In essence, my present saw, still going strong after 20 years, acquired the status of prototype. AndrĂ© Wagner’s build represents the latest edition and includes all the improvements in between.

We then published some videos in YouTube and the encouraging comments lead us to finally create a website to provide additional information and a place to download plans at a very reasonable cost. You’re welcome to visit where you will also find links to the YT videos, photos, contact information and additional tidbits of interest.

The plans are supplied as a Manual which has 81 pages of which 38 are text with step by step instructions, 43 are dimensioned drawings of all components of the machine and a Photos file with 232 pics with comments showing different parts in detail.

Here is a photo of the finished saw so you can appreciate the quality of the design and construction. This machine replicates as many features as possible of a Format Saw within the possibilities of a shop-built equivalent.

We welcome your questions and supply written support to interested parties.

Hector Acevedo and Andre Wagner.

-- Tacuabe

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#1 posted 04-19-2017 11:03 AM

This is an amazing saw…

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#2 posted 04-19-2017 02:58 PM

That is incredible. Great job.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 04-19-2017 03:44 PM

Wow, real nice job guys. Incredible engineering!

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#4 posted 04-19-2017 04:30 PM

I hope you guys are in the process of a patent.

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#5 posted 04-19-2017 04:38 PM

This is a nice shop-built machine. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 04-19-2017 04:39 PM

Do you have a rough idea about how much time it would take to build this saw with your instructions and a rough idea about the cost of materials? Are you going to sell your manual? Amazing work.

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#7 posted 04-19-2017 04:46 PM

Nicely done sir!

-- Chem, Central California

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#8 posted 04-19-2017 05:15 PM

Very impressive.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#9 posted 04-19-2017 06:43 PM

If this doesn’t make it into the Daily Top 3, nothing makes sense. This is an awesome project. Very impressive.

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#11 posted 04-19-2017 07:58 PM

For plans and additional information please visit

Thanks for the compliments!

Hector Acevedo and Andre Wagner

-- Tacuabe

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#12 posted 04-19-2017 09:41 PM

This is amazing, I might want to make one someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 04-19-2017 11:06 PM

Unbelievable. What a cool project that is obviously perfected after many years of incredibly hard work. Integrated dust collection, router and jointer!? Incredible. The videos are awesome displays of it’s uses.

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#14 posted 04-21-2017 01:47 AM

Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 04-25-2017 04:37 AM

I saw on your website that you can’t give cost estimates because of price variations in material. Can you give a basic material checklist so we could figure outnfornouraelves what we might be looking at for local costs? This look really neat.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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