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04-01-2011 08:51 AM

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I commented on a post by kwbalck a couple days ago. Something about homemade tablesaws being scary, I think all tablesaws are scary. At least if used improperly they are. I’m posting some pictures of mine.
This saw has been my portable tablesaw for more than ten years now.

As you can see it’s just a 7 1/4” skilsaw mounted to a plywood table. I used a router with a straight cut bit to notch a couple 2×4s so that the motor can be easily replaced. It’s on the second motor.The saw has been modified to accept an 8 1/2” balde giving it just over a 2’ max cut. It’ll rip 2×12s without any problem, no stopping to flip a breaker or waiting for the thermal switch to reset. I’ve had several benchtop portables and an old Delta contractor tablesaw that I couldn’t say that about. The contractor saw was a pain to lug around, most of the time requiring hooking up the trailer. This saw has been in the backseat of a subcompact car.
This portable TS has an aluminum fence clamped to metal studs, replaceable ZCIs and adjustable legs that come off with a wrench and a rubber mallet. I plug the saw into the box on the side for an on/off switch. Sometimes we just use it as a small workbench with power.

I see that quite a few of you have said that you have used such tablesaws. I was wordering if I could get some of you to share some pictures of your homemade tablesaws. After all y’all know what today’s date is. 04/01/11

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 09:00 AM

Sorry I don’t have any, but that doesn’t look that spooky to me ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 09:41 AM

It’s not, really. I have a ton of hours on it. Thanks for the $0.02 Topa.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 10:25 AM

this looks like a unisaw
compared to the ones i made
just a piece of ply
with the saw under
screwed to some sawhorses
a straight fence screwed down
or a t square out of scraps

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 01:51 PM

Good Idea Darrel, you can build almost any machine from wood i’m discovering lately.
but Isnt it alot of work adjusting the fence?

-- -Thomas -

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 03:55 PM

Brilliant idea but I am terrified of it.

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 04:42 PM

Thomas, I have an index mark on the front and back edge of the saw. This allows for a quick and easy setting of the fence.
Pictured below is my 10” TS. Many times for small and accurate rips I use the part that sticks out the end of the cailiper and this mark to set the fence distance from the blade

Thanks for the compliment David. I”ve made a few of those too.
agallant: it’s not so bad, easier than lugging around the old contractor saw and works better too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 05:39 PM

I’ve seen some pretty scary set ups but yours looks well thought out and constructed. Watch out though the Saw Stop police will be around shortly! Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 07:41 PM

As Andrew Zimmern says “If it looks good, eat it”. In your case, if it works, use it. I built a cabinet saw about 60 years ago around an AMF 8” saw.

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 11:29 PM

Oh didnt notice that :) looks very convenient!

-- -Thomas -

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#13 posted 03-28-2013 08:06 PM

I don’t have the nerve to use this kind of assembly set up.I just resect my life to much however it is an issue with my own self confidence and I am sure your saw would probably be fine. anyway why did you make this surely even a cheap little designed saw would be better than an accident after all when these things suddenly fall apart explode surely it would be better to be in the next roo er street.LOL anyway have fun without me. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 03-29-2013 01:50 AM

Hi Alistair, thank you for your concern and your 2¢. You’re right, I’m okay with operating power saws be it what ever configuration the cutter may be. Circular, band, chain, reciprocating they all require 100% concentration to safely make a cut. My first jobsite table saws were benchtop but they were down on power, seldom could they rip more than a few feet of 2×12s with out the overload button tripping and the fences were basically junk. I’ve always had a contractor table saw but they’re a hassle to load up and take to the job site. And many times I simply didn’t have room in my truck and had to load the saw by myself so it would be necessary to trailer my saw to the job.

Hauling my contractor saw to the job isn’t that big a deal if I know I’m going to need a table saw at the job site. But many times the need to rip an entire bundle of material as arisen and the old hand held circular saw with a rip guide would simply take to long or not have the accuracy that is required.

The saw you see above has morphed into the current state over the last twenty years or so. I put this together sometime in the early 1990s. I first used a circular saw that was held to a piece of plywood with a couple 2×4s that I’d rout with a straight cut bit and screwed to the plywood holding the circular saw in place. For a rip fence I would use my 4 foot spirit level.

The saw pictured above does have an index line drawn across the top for fence alignment purposes. And it’’s on it’s second motor literally having several hundred hours, maybe even more that 1000 hours of use. And sometimes I just use it as a work table with a power outlet for drills, router, jig saw etc….

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#15 posted 03-29-2013 01:58 AM

I can see where having something like that for someone who needs portability and using on construction projects. These are interesting and in specialized cases like the OPs they make a lot of sense.

I don’t see why anyone would want to bother with this for their go to saw in a shop when so many good used saws are available.

Of course, some people are just amazingly talented with the innovations and solutions they come up with, it never fails to amaze me.

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