|Project by GCM||posted 12-18-2012 09:16 AM||15196 views||12 times favorited||9 comments|
Unable to afford a “real” table saw I looked at ways of extending the capabilities and life of my cheap Aldi Table saw. I looked at a few alternatives and finally chose Curt Filipowski’s design based on a construction timber frame. In truth this was a mistake, not that the design is flawed but I am sure that Canadian construction timber is a a lot better quality than we get here – even when hand picked. It was difficult in the end to get an accurate frame but with persistence I eventually got it to something I was happy with.
Because the belt on my Taig lathe broke and it was going to be a few weeks until I could get a replacement sent out from the US I decided to build a rough and ready T-Square fence out of the scrap I had on hand (actually I shouldn’t call it scrap – I don’t believe anything that is useful is scrap – but it didn’t cost anything) – I intend to do a much better job in the near future, as it is, it is MUCH better than the original fence – rock solid when clamped and gives me a crazy 55 inches of cut width.
I had originally toyed with the idea of having a sliding table to the left of the blade but wanted to get the thing done as I have a shed load of projects building up – it can be added down the track.
-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.