Dedicated Crosscut Saw using really cheap table saw

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Forum topic by Blurrytree posted 05-12-2014 04:04 PM 884 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2014 04:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: crosscut table saw cheap low quality

Hey everyone, my dad is offering to give me his table saw. It is very cheap and not of the greatest quality. He probably paid around $50 new for it…He is not a woodworker. I am wondering what you think about making it into a dedicated crosscut saw?

I do not trust the alignment or the saws ability to stay tuned up properly for an all purpose saw. I have witnessed the thing kickback on numerous occasions. I do not own a table saw and I am in the process of setting up my bandsaw for ripping and then plan on cleaning up edges on the jointer as required.

Assuming the table saws blade isn’t wobbling all over the place and runs fairly true. Do you think the use of a crosscut sled and a decent blade would suffice? Shortcomings as far as power etc. I can tolerate but safety issues not so much.


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#1 posted 05-12-2014 04:16 PM

If you don’t trust the blade to stay adjusted, you will be only frustrated with a crosscut sled and its resulting poor cuts. For Free, why not fiddle with it, put on a decent blade, make a sled and see how accurate and repeatable the results are? a $15.00 piece of MDF and few hardwood ends gets you a sled- heck try it, if it doesn’t work ir better yet is not safe, little lost. IF you can rip what you need on your BS, this kind of fills your toher need.

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 04:23 PM

That sounds smart and along the lines of what I was thinking. Thanks for the response.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 04:26 PM

I would politely ask your father to give it away,buy yourself a decent used table saw,learn to use it properly and safely,a flimsy /dangerous tool causes nothing but frustration .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 04:38 PM

My thinking is it may be on the small side. Making a sled large enough to do what you want, may result in something cumbersome to handle which would quickly become frustrating for you.

Stability might be another issue unless you have a way to anchor to saw so it doen’t tip or move while you are using the sled.

Honestly, I would pass on this offer.

Do you have a model number or any pics of the saw? That would help.

Good luck.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 05-12-2014 04:39 PM

I also agree with this as well… I will have a look to see how good or bad it really is. The truth is I could probably find a much better one for $100 used. I don’t see a table saw purchase in the near future though for numerous reasons.

I guess I was just hoping that with a sled it would become relatively “safe” for the light duty tasks I would use it for. My circular saw crosscuts are reliable but lacking as well.


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#6 posted 05-12-2014 04:42 PM

Hey Mike, you responded when I was responding.

It is small. I am pretty sure it is either a black and decker or a similar brand. Not sure on the model but that should say a lot. I am also fairly certain the body is plastic too.

I considered stability as well and would likely make a small stand out of 2×4’s/

Probably seems like a recipe for disaster. Although, I really am a hobbiest but I still value my fingers and no broken bones in my face.

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#7 posted 05-12-2014 04:44 PM

Blurry, no problem. considering the other reponses, safety first always and forever. Id make sure i anchor the saw down, have appropriate infeed and outfeed tables fo the sled. In the end, I’d agree with MT in the fact that getting a legit saw will be safer and bring much more enjoyment. But if you are tight on funds, like everybody is, for me I’d rather be trying and cutting than be idle and wanting. Just don’t hurt yourself, dull and poor quality equipment are not worth the trip the ER- which ironically, would probably buy you a nice cabinet saw!

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#8 posted 05-12-2014 04:50 PM

Thanks BLarge,

I am starting to wonder if this is far more work than I want to take on. I wish I could use the ER argument to my wife but silly free health care in Canada! :)

Money is a factor right now since this is my hobby and I do have everything I “want”. I actually have a very small workshop and I sold my last table saw after having some issues with it.

This just feels like a downgrade at this point and if the other one wasn’t good enough then I best stop entertaining this thought.

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#9 posted 05-12-2014 05:00 PM

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#10 posted 05-12-2014 06:01 PM

free health care in Canada won’t get your fingers back if it really is that unsafe.

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#11 posted 05-12-2014 06:32 PM

Wayne, very true. I do like the idea of using more hand tools (which was my original intent when I started). Thanks for the links.

I agree Richard, I was thinking of an abstract way to convince the wife it was very much needed… “well… I might cut off my fingers and then we would get a big medical bill, so lets save all that potential trouble and just buy a safe table saw to begin with…” But that argument doesn’t work here :)

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