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ashahidan

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1630 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: saw machine tool diy table saw question

I am thinking of making a 12 ” table saw as I couldn’t afford to get a commercial one. I can purchase all the parts
here and assemble a simple saw. I have a rough idea on how to make one.
But do you think it safe to make and use a homemade table saw?

ashahidan

-- asm


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Eagle1

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#1 posted 1630 days ago

I think that you could do it. The only thing I would be concerend about, is what you are going to use for the table top.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Jeison

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#2 posted 1630 days ago

I have no doubt it could be done, I’ve seen shopmade versions of every other kinda tool.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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Jeison

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#3 posted 1630 days ago

Heh, just happened to be flipping through some back issues of ShopNotes and spotted this….

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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Ger21

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#4 posted 1630 days ago

I’ve seen a homebuilt table saw in a really old issue of FWW.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1630 days ago

I think it’s an interesting idea but I think you should be able to buy a used saw for less than what parts will cost you.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ashahidan

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#6 posted 1620 days ago

Many thanks to:
Aagle1,
I was thinking of using a 3/4 inch plywood for the top. But I think a 1/4 inch ms plate would be a better choice except for the cost.

Jei’son (the picture of the table saw: it scares me ! ) .

Ger21.

a1 Jim:
But Jim, I already have a one horsepower motor ,two bearing blocks , a set of pulleys and a shaft (made by a machine shop). Not much more to buy other than materials for the table legs and the saw top.

Thanks everyone.

ashahidan

-- asm

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Sawkerf

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#7 posted 1620 days ago

Personally, I wouldn’t want to use a home made table saw of any size – let alone a 12”er. I feel quite comfortable using a “commercial” TS, knowing that it’s design and construction (as well as some common sense on my part) should let me keep my body parts intact and my blood contained.

I doubt if I would feel that way about a home built version. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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WayneC

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#8 posted 1619 days ago

Check this out

http://www.vintageprojects.com/power-tools/table-saw.html
http://www.vintageprojects.com/power-tools/saw-sander-tilt.html

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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russv

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#9 posted 1619 days ago

just curious, why a 12” saw?
would it be expensive to ship one from here to Malaysia?

russv

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richgreer

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#10 posted 1619 days ago

In my opinion, it is possible to make a safe, homemade table saw if you don’t include the feature that allows you to change the angle of the blade. You could control the depth of the cut by raising and lowering the table. Without the tilting feature, you are talking about pretty simple machinery. A motor, a belt, some bearings, and a blade in a solid wooden structure.

The number one safety factor is the person using the saw.

For what it is worth – - Many years ago I rigged up a table saw by turning a hand held circular saw upside down and mounting it in a table. It worked. But I had no height or tilt adjustment capabilities.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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russv

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#11 posted 1619 days ago

rich,
that’s why i was wondering about why a 12” saw before. you can easily build a table to accept a circ. saw. i also did that once. I was able to use the tilt and height adjustment features of the circ. saw on my table. on some cuts, i would take the saw out and use it.

the only issue with this idea, you’re not going to get a 12” capacity out of a circ saw.

designing and building your own wouldn’t be that hard though. I would mount the table so it can be raised and lowered. i would mount the motor independent and adjust it for the angle adjustments. piece of cake.

I saw on an earlier post a tablesaw where the table top tilted. To me, that’s an accident waiting to happen. I don’t even like tilting my bandsaw table (but I do sometimes). but a tablesaw top tilted makes controling the wood harder and more dangerous.

russv

-- yknotwood.com: where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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richgreer

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#12 posted 1618 days ago

russv – I agree completely. Many years ago I began with a ShopSmith. I’m still a ShopSmith fan but my number one complaint about them is tilting the table instead of tilting the blade. it is hard (very hard sometimes) to control the wood on a tilted table.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Sarit

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#13 posted 1618 days ago

Hmm, balancing on one foot while pumping w/ the other while keeping a piece of wood tightly pressed to a miter gauge while sliding it down a tilted table towards a spinning blade of death… yep, don’t see anything wrong with that.

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sambo56

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#14 posted 1618 days ago

My very first table saw was a circular saw bolted under a 3’ x 3’ plywood table which straddled two sawhorses.

I used a homemade wooden fence that I just clamped on.

I used it to make kids picnic tables that I sold from the front of my parents lawn when I was about eighteen or so. I sold quite a few.

Man, that’s almost 35 years ago.

-- Rick, Canada, http://www.table-saw-guide.com

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Thos. Angle

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#15 posted 1618 days ago

The bigger problem I see is the 1 horse motor. My Jet had a 3 horse motor and I would have liked a 5. I don’t think a 12 inch blade will work very well on a 1 horse motor.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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