DIY table saw, kinda

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Forum topic by crank49 posted 04-26-2010 03:08 AM 1194 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2010 03:08 AM

Any one out there ever seen or made a table for a circular saw. I’m saving my change to get a real saw some day, like a big Griz, but I have a project right now that I need to cut some panels and rip some 2×4 material at a bevel. I have an excelent old Skil brand circular saw, bought in the 70’s for around $100. Used it to build my house. Been a foundry engineer, computer guy, equipment designer and jeweler for the last 40 years and haven’t had much time for wood working. Getting back into it now.

So what I tink I could do is basically the same thing as a router table , except size it for my Skil saw. Anyone else ever try this? Is it worth the effort? I might plan it so I could use the table for my router after I get a real table saw.

Or, would it be more logical to get a cheap benchtop type table saw for my project.

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 03:31 AM

I actually remember seeing an article somewhere a couple of years ago where someone did exactly as you mention to make portable saw. They had it sitting across a couple of saw horses. I don’t remember what magazine it was in. I suggest doing a googel search. If I remember correctly, they basically cut a slot with the blade in a plung cut through some 3/4 plywood and then screwed the saw to the piece of plywood. Then using a straight board for a fence and carefully measured so that it was clamped parallel to the blade. Not a great solution, but might work in a pinch.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 03:39 AM

Many years ago – like early 1980’s, I bought this multifunction table that did something like this. It was made by Herst or something like that. It had a metal folding legs, particle board top and a thin metal insert like a router table would. You could bolt a circular saw or jig/saber saw and let blade stick up through top. I never had much luck with it though and eventually bought a small B&D 8” table saw. Used it a few years before buying my current Craftsman belt-drive contractor saw. Have since always drooled over the big cabinet saws but don’t have $$$ for that.

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