The thread about the old Sears table saw got me to thinking about mine. I
have it on a workbench, but I'd really like to make a table for it. Does
anyone have any ideas or recommendations about how to make a good stand for
old saws. If not, try harbor freight or the online outlets, for a
universal one. Unless you WAY overbuild it, wood bases for table saws
tend to get wobbly real fast. Maybe you know somebody that welds, and
could knock you out one made of angle stock? You definitely want some
sort of casters on it, with the tabs to lock them in position.
Dang, I'm about 6 hours south...wish I was closer...
Hmm...craigslist...yeah...and I never thought about asking Sears, I'll check
out their stand kits.
I have a (Ryobi?) table saw, and it works good, but the stand is
lightweight and the body plastic, and when I turn the motor on, the entire
unit jumps forward an inch or two. This old sears saw is so heavy, I can't
imagine it doing that even with a light duty stand.
The reason I have extra parts is because I wanted a more massive saw. I got 3
freebies, all very similar sears saws, and took the best parts of all. I then
took the extra two cast iron tables, and bolted them on either side of the saw
table as extensions. I now have a massive large table saw, plus a couple extra
motors, for only labor cost.
Lucky I have a big garage.
Not quite the OPs question but here is germ of an idea?????
My chop saw is mounted on a plywood shelf which is now the top of a
very ordinary cheap and discarded bar-b-q! Got salvage for the metal
bar-b-q btw. The two wheels and two fixed legs make it easy to move
around but fairly firm when standing still.
Also have a heavy cart type bar-b-q base with lockable casters (it was
free btw). That might be ideal for a bench type saw!
So if the idea has merit look for someone throwing away a substantial
(slaps forehead)- Dang, why didn't I think of that? I have a nice shiny
entry-level miter saw I need a standup base for, and the apartments I
used to live in (about a mile from here) have barbeques sitting by the
dumpsters on move-out day almost every warm month. I lived there 10-12
years, and must have seen 100 of them on my evening walks (which,
strangely, just happened to pass all 17 dumpsters...) Guess I'll have to
wait till weather gets warm again now.
Good idea-- and perfect time of year to find a bbq on the curb or
This hasn't been tossed around in a few years- so when the OP asked
about a saw table I was thinking this was a table saw table-- but it
is for a chop saw. [would work for a table saw, I guess, come to think
of it.] since you brought up chop saws. . . .
The Ultimate Tool Stand.
"An easy to use space saver with more functions than a Swiss army
My BIL just gave me one similar ((not adjustable (without a hacksaw))
He also gave me a like new 1/2 horse grinder with a separate stand. So
far I put rubber pads on the bottom of the cast iron base, filled in the
vertical pipe with concrete, and I'm still working on putting 2 grinders
back to back on top with a rotating top so I can use either grinder. (I
often switch to a wire brush and/or a polishing wheel) I will be able to
loosen a bolt 1/2 turn, swivel it 180 degrees and switch from grinders
to wire wheel and polishing cloth in seconds. Right now there is a
cheap wrench hanging on the bolt but I want to drill out a bolt head and
put in a sliding handle like on a C clamp, just in case it starts to
take more than 1/2 a turn.
Looked at one of those this afternoon. Only way that is 16 gauge is if
they are including the paint, and it is SOFT metal, like those flimsy
bolt-together garage shelves that try to look like industrial racking.
If I can squeeze a leg of the display model and watch the metal flex, it
ain't gonna cut it. It might hold a 500 lb. static load, but anything
with moving parts, and it will be flexing like mad. IMHO, of course.
This may not apply, but it works for my miter saw*. The mounting plate
is 20" X 30". What size is the base of the table saw?
_Miter Saw Utility Vehicle_
My 12" miter saw is about fifty pounds or so.
I notice they didn't put a price on there, so I googled it. $211 was the
first price that came up. Cute, but that is more than I spent on the saw
itself. If I was swinging a hammer for a living, it would probably be
worth it, for the time and hassle saved. But since I just do stuff
around here, I'm afraid inventing or building something will have to do.
I keep looking at garage sales for one of those long skinny tables rich
people put behind sofas, because their living rooms are too damn big.
Failing that, I'll modify some stiff fold-up sawhorses so I can carriage
bolt and wingnut them to a couple of nice finished 2x8s that I
trashpicked from some old waterbeds, and rig up some sort of
quick-release mount for the saw itself. It'll be stiff enough for the
hillbilly carpentry I do.
A welder who does ornamental metal, and some steel square tubing. I'm going
to build a stand for mine, and a router stand. Easy, and reasonably priced.
Cheap if you have a MIG welder. Maybe just the excuse you need to go buy
one. I saw a Lincoln 135 at the pawn shop the other day for $250. They can
build tons of useful stuff, plus repair lots. They are cost effective.
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