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01-09-2017 01:39 AM

So i am putting together a mini “shop” in one corner of my friends basement. It is easily the most un-ideal locations for a shop but I really need a place where I can build all these little projects that have been coming into my head.

Anyways, space is really limited so there is no room for a decent sized table saw (nor the budget for one either) so I am looking for an inexpensive table saw that can get the job done. Obviously, i want a saw that can give me accurate and square cuts. I’d like to be able to straighten rough lumber without the need of a jointer and a table saw would make that a lot easier.

Any ideas for a table saw for a guy on budget and minimal workspace would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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#1 posted 01-09-2017 02:06 AM

Buy a track saw, of course it is more limiting than a table saw but you can put it away in the shelf.

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 02:16 AM

Table saw on a budget is easy—keep an eye on Craigslist or other classifieds for a Craftsman 113 or similar. In most areas of the country, they pop up for $100-150 pretty regularly. The minimal space, however, isn’t so easy. Any table saw is a space hog. There are people who use jobsite saws that can fold up on the stand to store vertically, but you are giving up quite a bit in capability versus a contractor or cabinet saw. Might be something to look at for your situation, however.

For limited space, you could also think about using a band saw. They work well for ripping and can do a good job of straightening lumber, too. A little more limited on cross cutting, but combined with a circular saw or miter saw can take care of that, too. Plus, they take up less than 1/4 the floor space of a table saw.

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 02:20 AM

Track saws are really expensive. And I’m planning on making a nice long straightedge to use with my circular saw for ripping plywood down. I don’t think a track saw will help with squaring up rough lumber. When I say inexpensive I mean under $300. I am scouring craigslist each day.

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 02:29 AM

Storing a saw is not as much of a problem. I can store any tools outside the confines of my tiny workspace area. I am only confined in space because my friend (landlord/roommate) uses the rest of of the basement. I will be installing some thick poly that I can roll up out of the way as a dust barrier. The space completely stinks but I will be able to make it work. I am definitely in the market for a jobsite type saw.

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#5 posted 01-09-2017 02:32 AM

Anolder 113….craftsman is good saw.
Straght cuts.
Enough power to rip thick material if needed.
I had cheap, portable saws and they were not that great. My older craftsman is my go to saw

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 02:34 AM

Found this on craftsman on craigslist for $250.

Is this the model that you are talking about?

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 02:44 AM

Yea that’s a 113 craftsman but about $100 more than it is worth.

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 02:53 AM

Take the wings off if you need space. The fences on those saws are almost always trash but a modest investment can get you a sweet new one.

Jobsite saws have universal motors that are very loud. Aren’t as precise either.

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 02:59 AM

Maybe come visit The Dungeon Shop, just for ideas on a basement shop?

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#10 posted 01-09-2017 03:03 AM

I’ll see if I can get the guy to go down on it. I was planning on getting a nice fence.

What is the Dungeon Shop? Sounds exactly like an apt description of what my shop will be.

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#11 posted 01-09-2017 03:15 AM



I ll see if I can get the guy to go down on it. I was planning on getting a nice fence.

What is the Dungeon Shop? Sounds exactly like an apt description of what my shop will be.

- jtrz

There is a guy on here with a Grizz 715 with an incra fence that has a small shop. what region do you live in?

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#12 posted 01-09-2017 03:22 AM

Dungeon Shop is being remodeled right now, but….

Power tool area, I have no tablesaw down here, no room..

Looking from the “working end” of the bench towards the tills, and if I turn to the left..

Across this vast expanse of open floor..

I have a few tools I use the most of. For a power saw….either a bandsaw, or a circular saw to get things cut. well, and a few handsaws, too. I have to share the basement with a Luandry Room, a furnace, and the hot water heater. , Just a tad cramped….

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#13 posted 01-09-2017 03:51 AM

That is definitely more cramped than my soon-to-be shop. The basement here is unfinished and open (no partition walls) and my area is close to the furnace and hot water heater. And the electrical box is right in what would have been a really useful corner of my area. Definitely be doing some sealing on that box to keep the dust out. And next to the box is where the main water line comes into the house. Oh and the idiots that remodeled this house years ago didn’t properly fill the hole they created where the water line is so if it rains real hard water drips through. Water really isn’t a problem because we have a good rigged up system for catching the water however our rigged up system takes up more workshop space.

I’ll be interested to see the dungeon shop post remodel.

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#14 posted 01-09-2017 04:06 AM

Working on it….might be a little bit longer…

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#15 posted 01-09-2017 04:49 AM

Another basement situation

‘I’d like to be able to straighten rough lumber without the need of a jointer and a table saw would make that a lot easier.”

That is actually a dangerous thing to try to do. The jointer will take rough lumber and establish 2 true sides, then the board will sit flat on the saw and have a true edge for the fence. Sawing a board that rocks on the table, and or an edge that will jam the blade from the fence is asking for trouble. The resulting lumber will be not so good.
I would look for one of the older combo saw-jointer machines, those take up little room and were made for small projects.

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