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Forum topic by northernlight posted 03-02-2013 10:38 PM 2052 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2013 10:38 PM

Hi guys.
Im in the middle of starting a project of converting a li-ion dewalt circular saw to a portable table saw and my question is can this be done with any accuracy at all?

Im thinking that if you plunge the saw through a piece of MDF and align everything from there the accuracy shouldnt be a problem, also as so many of you guys build homemade router tables there is a plethora of tutorials on fences and miter slots.

any ideas?

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 10:49 PM

I think you are going to be changing batteries a lot if you use it much. The MDF top is going to eat up a lot of your depth of cut as well.

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 10:59 PM

is your next post going to be “how i lost my finger” jjk

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 11:01 PM

just remember – unlike a router table where the cutter is a point cutter, on a table saw the cutter is in a line, so you have to keep the fence parallel to the saw blade at all times – something that isn’t necessary in a router table.

Also, you’d need to keep the power ON, which I believe on that model circular saw you’d have to open up the gears and override the existing on-off switch which is momentary (the moment you let go it stops the motor).

can it be done? – yes it can.
is it worth it ? will it provide what you need? that’s yours to answer.

I find that in most cases where portability and lack of stationary tools is the case it is usually easier to setup jigs to use the portable tools as-is (portable) as opposed to transform them to stationary equivalent.

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 11:58 PM

Not much if anything to be gained from it. Just pick up some guides for the circular saw. Otherwise spend 50-100 dollars on a used table saw. I don’t think the time or money to mount the circular saw will be worth the expense or
the effort. To me its like trying to reinvent the wheel. Buy a table saw.

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