I'm new here, so please forgive if this has been answered before. I'm
looking to save some money, and some friends have told me that they
converted their hand-held circular saw into a table saw. I'm wondering if
anyone knows of either (a) plans for doing so efficiently and safely, or (b)
a company that makes an inexpensive pre-fab unit where you just plug in the
circular saw. I'm using a 10 inch Black and Decker circular saw.
I remember seeing the IronHorse at Lowes a few years back. Searched for them
online but can find no info on the company. Probably out of business.
If there are any clues on the table itself (ie, company address, parent
company name, etc), please post it here.
I used a system like this for several years. It worked to the
extent that the doors and drawers I made fit. The problem is that
such set-ups are a pain to use. You spend a lot of time getting the
settings right. If time is worth money to you, get a real table saw.
You'll come out ahead in the long run.
One other point is that it depends on the work you're doing.
For example, a Triton system is good a cutting plywood because if the
enormous table. It is very poor at cutting smaller pieces percisely.
It will not miter an edge at all.
Depending on your need, there are some inexpensive tablesaws
that work well. For example a Bosch.
Thanks to all who have chimed in on this. I'm still on the fence about it,
because I can see the safety issues. But I was at a friend's house last
night, a professional carpenter, and that's all he has for a table saw. And
he makes some really nice work, and has for years.
One of my main concerns is shop size - I'm working, basically, in a shed,
and just don't have the space for a full-time table saw (well, I do, but it
would have virtually no outfeed area). So the idea of fastening the hand saw
to a board-like structure, which I can then lean against the wall when I'm
done, is appealing. I've looked at a very nice foldaway Ridgid table saw ...
but it's about $500. Which is outta my league right now, since this is just
Anyway, thanks again for all the advice ... for the time being, I think I'm
going to stick to projects that don't necessarily require a table saw
(plenty of those).
I can't think of many projects that REQUIRE a table saw. But, how else can
you make sawdust SO fast? :-)
Enjoy your hobby. I think more of us should try to build a project now &
then without the use of power tools. Humbling experience, but at least you
can truly say you built it with your own two hands.
One more thought on this issue - rather than literally trying to mimic a
table saw, what about mounting the hand saw *right side up*, over a table?
i.e. a bracket that acts as a pair of hands, holding the saw perfectly in
place, while running boards past it? This seems much saver, and perhaps even
more useful (in terms of portability, etc.)
I am thinking of taking up woodworking as a hobby, and have been
following this ng for some time now. I wanted to do something
similar to start off also.
One question that I have is that will the circular saws take in
You should start a new thread if you have a new question. Anyway, no, I've
never seen a circular saw that could take a dado blade. It sounds like it would
be rather dangerous even if you did.
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