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01-19-2014 03:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw

Does anyone have plans for a homemade tablesaw.
i bought a Dewalt 745 about a year ago, and the armature got broken. i cannot find that part here and its almost the price of a new saw(with the shipping)

So, i cannot afford either, and after thinking the only possible solution is to build me one. the thing is i need it to tilt and raise. pretty much like a store bought table saw. i have seen some on the net but there is no description of the mechanism to do just that.
As i have an uncle that does metalwork, he did a lathe for me, i think i can have mechanism built here, and i will do the rest of it.

another thing i was thinking is to adapt a normal motor to the 745, but i think i will lost the tilt and the rise part as well.



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#1 posted 01-19-2014 03:44 AM

How about one of these?


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#2 posted 01-19-2014 03:55 AM

i saw those while looking for plans, but i dont think its a good idea to put a handsaw to work as a table saw, and the second, the arbor its made of metal, and thats what i want to do with mine. but where he bought in the 70’s, and i can find something like that here.

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 05:19 AM

IDK…seems like one of those things that just wouldn’t pencil out financially. You would spend a lot of time, effort and money for something that can be purchased relatively low on the used market. I think I would just use a circular saw until I had the funds to buy a tablesaw.

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 08:38 AM

Biff he’s in Honduras, saws and parts are probably a lot more rare and expensive.

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 10:33 AM

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 02:28 PM

Hello Nayo
I think you would be much better off to buy a used saw. Check your local Craig’s List under tools. There are some great bargains out there at a price you may be able to afford. To make a saw that will do all you want will be difficult, and may cost more in materials than what a decent used one will cost. If you watch Craig’s List often you will find good saws like Craftsman that were made well and have a lot of life left in them. Ed

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 02:56 PM

+1 Ed. You may have to wait a while as Craig’s List poster have gone nuts, but deals are still to be had on occasion. Between CL and two local auction houses, I put my entire shop together. It’s fairly well equipped and I spent an estimated 1500 bucks over the course of a year. The only thing I paid full retail for was my dust collector. Wouldn’t you know, a better DC unit came up on CL within a week of that purchase for about 2/3 what I paid. Aargh!

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 03:16 PM

I’d say Craigs list also. Check it everyday, cities as far as you might drive to get it.

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 03:24 PM

Based on your location, I’m sure it must be difficult to get parts. If you are using the saw in a stationary location perhaps it would be possible to partially dismantle the existing motor keeping bearings in tact. Rig another motor to it via belt. I’m not sure about the tilting and weight of additional motor. On another tact, perhaps post a picture of the broken part, maybe someone on LJs can advise on repair.

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#10 posted 01-19-2014 04:02 PM

I think that you are better off buying a used saw. BTW, I was in machinery maintenance and engineering in woodworking plants for about 40 or so years, had a machine shop in the plant, and made a few pieces of equipment, big and small, over the years so I know a little bit about it. For something as common as a table saw you will always be better off buying a used saw instead of building one. There are to many of them out there. Good luck.

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#11 posted 01-19-2014 06:01 PM

wow, lots of replies!

yes, that little problem with CL is that i am in Honduras, so that probably wont work that well’
here is the piece that needs replacing: it costs 205 USD and shipping here is 100+ USD. on amazon the same saw its 300 USD! so you see its better to buy the saw.

i think i will see if the one that kaerlighedsbamsen post can be done here. other than that will try to adapt a motor to my old 745.

I have bought two used saws here, but as they were cheap ones they did not last long, again no replacement parts here, so i got a loan from my bank and bought that dewalt one. i bought it as i was told bu the dewalt representatives that they had all the parts and that would not be a problem. guess what, when i went there to get that part they start with excuses and this and that, so far it has been like 6 months and they still can not get it.

thats why i am trying to build or modify my existing one.

Again, thanks for all your ideas, advices and links


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#12 posted 01-19-2014 07:16 PM

I have burried in the garage an old wooden table saw my father built from a kit he purchased from a magazine back in the ‘50s. It’s the table saw I learned on and we cut LOTS of wood on it. It has a tilting arbor takes like a 10” or 12” blade. Now this might take me a couple days but let me go and dig it out and take some pictures. Maybe we all can figure out how to get a home built one. It’s like 28deg F with winds of almost 30mph so don’t expect this for a while.

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#13 posted 01-19-2014 08:49 PM

Thanks Mike , i sure can wait, besides i dont want to be the cause of you getting frozen in those conditions! at least i would as the coldest we get here is 59F.

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#14 posted 01-19-2014 08:56 PM

Gillion mfg. still sells kits to build table saws and other
machines I think. They don’t have a website and
I don’t know if they advertise anymore, but from what
I’ve read parts and kits are still available… demand is
probably pretty low.

Gilliom Mfg.
Address: 500 Boone’s Lick Rd, St Charles, MO 63301
Phone:(636) 724-1812

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#15 posted 01-19-2014 11:14 PM

First a comment; As far as I can tell by my research Gilliom Mfg. has no advertisement though the name and address are still good. Now if somebody would be so kind as to calling them up and checking into their status that would be nice because I know there are people out there in other countries who could benefit greatly from this type of home built tools who would buy their products.
As I stated my father built one of their table saws which will be shown below. He also built their 12” band saw which I had for a time and he also built their 18” band saw , which as far as I know my brother still has. All of which functioned quite well.
Ok, so I braved the cold and wind and dug out what’s left of dad’s table saw. The table top is gone and I know the fence hardware is someplace but that is not necessary at this time. What I kept were the important parts. This was sold originally as a cabinet model but dad wanted it more portable at the time plus I think materials were in short supply. So what you see is what I have nothing more but I can extrapolate much from it.

This is what it was supposed to look like.

Now let’s add some pics with some explanations, these are just the basics.

These first 3 are the front end of the saw and the controls.

This second set of 3 shows first the tilt locking system shown on the left of the first pic (the knob to the left of the crank handle) and also the pulley end of the saw arbor. The second pic shows the saw arbor mounted to a pivoting arm to raise and lower the blade. The third shows the business the end of the arbor, 5/8” NF right hand thread. The hinge thing on the left of the third pic in this set is the pivot for the tilt (there is a second one to the right outside of the shot)

These next two pics show the motor mount, it’s pivot bolt and that, in this case, the blade tilted a few degrees one way and a lot to the other, this could have been just a mistake by my dad, who knows.

This set of 3 shows the bottom, the mechanism that raises and lowers the blade which is attached to the crank handle and the side lock knob for the raise and lower.

Ok there are the basics. It was built from 3/4” and 5/8” plywood, just basic plywood no fancy multi ply or fine finish stuff just what was available and some 2x lumber pieces. Now I was a little kid when dad built this and I know he didn’t have many hand tools at the time and he had no power tools except for a single speed 1/4” drill so I surmise that he either had my grandfather help him with this or he did some of the work on his job.
I have some more ideas but I will wait until we see where the goes.

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