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Old 03-31-2005, 10:58 PM
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circular saw into table saw

anyone have plans to build a table to turn a regular skill saw into a table saw. if so respond please on where to find it.

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Old 04-01-2005, 06:23 AM
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Might be more trouble than it's worth. Harbor Frieght (and others) have low end 10" table saws for under $100. Your circular saw is probably 7 1/2" at best. You'll be much happier just shelling out the bucks for a real TS...even one of the cheap ones like HF.
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Take a piece of 16 gauge sheetmetal and cut a slot for the blade. Weld 4 studs underneath. (drill 4 corresponding holes in the foot of your circular saw to attach) and then bend 90 degree flanges to stiffen the sheetmetal. Depending on how large the sheetmetal is, you can either reinforce the underside, or router out a piece of 3/4" plywood/mdf/particleboard for it to set into.

THIS IS HARD ON YOUR SAW! For some reason, the sawdust gets plugged up in the bladeguard. This type of saw table HAS NO SAFETY FEATURES like blade gurd, antikickback, etc.

For the $, get a table saw. (Its cheaper than going to the ER, minus a finger.) Then tune the saw. Use a square to verify that you are getting a 90 degree vertical cut. Adjust the pointer to read 90 degrees. Double check your fence guide for being perpendicular to the blade. Be careful!
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Not worth the trouble

Been there done that and won't go there again..There are a number of small portable table saws out there that are worthwhile to have around..and that work much better than the improvised sort of thing..

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My $.02, buy a 10" tablesaw. I bought one from Grizzley tools. I use way more then I have ever thought and it's gotten me out of a couple of jams at home. As was said, the safety issue. Modifying to do something it wasn't is a recipe for disaster.
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I have a table that takes a hand circular saw and clamps it on the bottom for use a table saw, work OK for what I use it for and has an adjustable ripping fence built in. It also has a safety switch panic bar built in that is pretty handy, the saw just plugs into the outlet from the rear. Folds up neatly for storage too.

Not sure if they are made anymore and mine is pretty light duty, but why reinvent the wheel.
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I wouldn't do this. If you need it for one or two cuts it isn't worth the effort - just set up your cuts with clamped on guides and sue the circular saw as designed. If you want it for fairly regular use, it will be WAY under powered and not very accurate. Even the best circular saws are in the 1hp range. Most good 10" saws are belt driven and at least 3 honest hp. I have the Grizzly 1010 10" table saw and it is adequate but I still can overload it if I am not careful. 3 hp is a MINIMUM spec for a usable table saw.
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Don't do it!!!!!!! I saw a guy cut two fingers off with this idea. Sometimes its ok to try to make something work, but in this case I would n't even think about it. For around $100, like everyone has said, buy one, its better to be safe then sorry.
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i think yall are right, hate to be called stubby.
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