in another post i linked to a nice old manual
in there they referred to a saw bench and what i know as a table saw
when did the name change and why
marketing or some legalese
table saw is an okay name i guess
On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 10:20:53 AM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
The name hasn't changed.
You cited a govt book/document. Most govt agencies are ignorant and have
their own (different) names or descriptions, for most stuff. Sometimes, th
ey have multiple names & descriptions for the same thing, like taxes. I d
on't think they possess a standard dictionary.
On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 12:18:06 PM UTC-4, Sonny wrote:
they have multiple names & descriptions for the same thing, like taxes. I
don't think they possess a standard dictionary.
It's interesting that you say that. Here is another "govt book" related to
the census in 1880 which also uses the term saw-bench for what appear to be
The term saw-bench is used in the index. On page 188, the saws are referred
to as "saw-tables" and "saw-benches", although saw-bench is used most often
on subsequent pages.
The following site seems to reference "table saws" as far back as the
late 1800's, the same time period as the census book cited above.
It seems that the term "circular saw" may have been the original name any
saw with a circular blade and that eventually "table saw" replaced "circul
saw" for saws with tables and "circular saw" remained the name for those
things we carry around to job sites.
There are a lot of "source" links at that woodworkinghistory site, but I
am unable to reach them on the computer I am currently using.
"Charles Holtzapffel, John Jacob Holtzapffel, Turning and Mechanical Manipu
lation, by C. Holtzapffel, 1850 - Page 1473:
Circular Saws in the 1850 to 1900
New Table Saw ... LATEST tool in the Sypher-Arcon line is a table saw. -*.
their Model 75. This new saw is a sturdy bench tool that follows large saw
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