|Forum topic by BPrisock||posted 06-25-2016 03:29 PM||2476 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
06-25-2016 03:29 PM
Good morning all.
First time posting and a newbie to the wide world of woodworking. I never realized just how much I would enjoy building things… I do. A whole lot. I haven’t dabbled in anything complex. I did build a workbench of my own “design”, some shelves and actually built a portable miter saw cart via the Family Handyman plans. Came out pretty darn well if you ask me. I learned a lot about how not to cut on the laser line, don’t measure all of your cuts on a single piece of wood and THEN cut… damn kerf. Anyway, it’s been a short journey so far and I’m hooked. So here I am!
Which brings me to the actual reason for my post. I’ve looked for hours at all different kinds of table saw cabinets, modified tables, and table saws types. I don’t have the money right now to buy an expensive table saw and, in truth, I know my skills certainly don’t warrant me buying one. HOWEVER, I have certainly found myself in need of a table saw and I think I might be able to make something work. I’m looking at buying an inexpensive table saw from one of the home improvement stores and taking the cheap aluminum table top off. I have some fantastic 3/4” finished plywood from a local cabinet company that I would like to use as the new top. I’ll use a router to install some aluminum C-Channels and follow some of the many, many guides for making a new, very accurate fence, etc.
Are there any major things I need to be aware of or look for when “altering” a saw like this? Basically I’m looking at buying either a Ryobi RTS10G or a similar Craftsman table saw. I know some people are going to say, “Wait until you can buy a more expensive, better model” and I would love to but I’ve got my first munchkin on the way and the chances of me buying a great saw in the near future are dwindling! :) (which is just fine!)
Anyway, I’m looking for some pointers or some other help. I’ve seen a whole lot of amazing designs that some people have mounted a circular saw upside down, zip tied the trigger and installed a new switch… I could still do that, but I just thought using an actual table saw motor would be a little safer and more precise.
Wow, that post was far too long. If you read the whole thing, THANK YOU!
I look forward to your responses. Thanks again.