|Project by Eric||posted 11-02-2013 05:45 AM||3386 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
I had bought a cheaper table saw a few years ago and I hated the thing since I bought it. It never lined up square, the tabs in the guides prevented me from making any sleds, and I had to use it quite often. All in all I hated it the most and it was the tool I used the most.
I was fed up with it and pondered for a while on how I could improve it. I really wanted to buy a new one but just didn’t have the funds. So seeing how the saw sucked anyways it wouldn’t hurt to try and improve it.
I glued 1/8” hardboard to a 1/4” piece of MDF. I then bolted it to the existing table making sure the front edge was perfectly square to the blade. Routed out 3/4” rails square to the blade and and made a temporary fence and kabam! A nice square saw. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Unfortunately I wanted to remove the existing table and just replace it but there was to many brackets and tabs and all sorts of crap to deal with so I opted to loose 3/8” of blade height to avoid all the hassle. I don’t mind.
I loved the saw so much I decided to make a stand for it. I also added a fold out outfeed table and to free up space I put attached my router table to the side in the same manner. They both have retractable legs that fold up up the tables when they fold down. I then built a new fence with the help of Matthias Wandel’s design.
I also put it on retractable caster wheels so it can be moved around easily if need may be.
If anybody has any tips on how to cut out for the faceplate please let me know. I don’t think I want to use a jig saw for I want a nice clean cut. Maybe a jig set up for the router? Of course I would have to remove the table to do so. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
It is now the best tool that I have and am very proud of the outcome. Attached is a video that I posted on YouTube.
-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro