A table saw is a must-have tool for any serious woodworker. They are useful for a wide range of applications because they allow you to cut wood easily, accurately, and repeatedly.
For many woodworkers, the table saw is the most frequently used tool – I know it is for me. A good table saw, particularly one with advanced features, makes all of the cutting tasks a little easier.
We’ve compiled a list of nine homemade circular saw table plans that you can build at home to help improve your woodworking skills while also potentially saving you money.
Unfortunately, good ones with advanced features also come at a high cost. I set out to make my own homemade table saw because I was frugal (cheap) and always up for a challenge.
The biggest issue – and this is particularly true for the average home consumer – is that they aren’t inexpensive. However, if you need a table saw but lack the financial means to purchase one, there is another choice.
Table that slides
A large radial arm saw’s ability to crosscut larger panels quickly and reliably has always been a challenge that a large radial arm saw excels at, but who has one these days? An accurate sliding table seemed like a worthwhile addition to my table saw project.
The sliding table’s linear support structure is seen here:
These are complete extension drawer slides with a length of 28 inches. While it would be preferable to orient these vertically rather than horizontally, there is limited space between the motor and the sliding table, as seen in the illustration. The slides are oriented in this way so that the whole assembly can be disassembled for cleaning and lubrication.
My main goal for the sliding table was to reduce lateral play for a more precise cut, which the four drawer slides accomplish admirably. There is almost zero vertical play at the blade, where the highest support is, with the slides flat and the other support structures in place (aluminum stiffening rails on the bottom of the sliding table between the drawer slides).
Multipurpose workbench with three functions
This website’s name is “Creativity Hero,” and that is exactly who this lady is. She didn’t want to limit herself to just creating a table saw with her circular saw. This DIY project demonstrates how to create a complete workstation with a table saw, router table, and inverted jigsaw.
The entire workstation is wired and operated by integrated switches for each saw, and even the unit’s aesthetics are taken into account, with a section on staining the wood to make it look more professional and appealing.
Table Saw (Basic Circular Saw)
The Instructables website is always a good resource for plans for a variety of high-quality DIY projects for you to try – and, as dependable as ever, here’s a great idea for a table saw you can easily create at home.
The instructions begin with a list of all the materials and equipment you’ll need for the project, then walk you through the process of building your table saw step by step.
What is the best way to make a “good” DIY table saw?
If you search the internet for plans for converting a circular saw into a homemade table saw, you’ll find a plethora of easy ideas that include bolting an upside-down circular saw to a sheet of plywood.
Although this may work, it’s a very crude solution, so this DIYer wanted to make something a little more complex and more akin to a commercial table saw.
He started by converting his Makita circular saw into a table saw with adjustable depth settings for his experiment. He walks you through the process of creating the tool with a series of helpful images and commentary.
Converting a circular saw to a table saw
This plan is only available in video format, but it’s well worth checking out. Purchased table saws are costly, particularly high-quality models, and they can also be extremely dangerous. With a table saw, even a split second of inattention will result in the loss of a couple of fingers.
This YouTuber sets out to address these issues by creating a low-cost, safe-to-use DIY table saw.
He also wants to go a little further than simply mounting an upside-down circular saw to a sheet of wood, as he did with the previous plan we looked at. He wants to make something more advanced. The idea here is to have a fence that is fixed to the table and adjusts with sliding laminate rails.
It’s a quick and easy video project that any half-competent DIYer should be able to complete at home, so if you’re feeling ambitious, give it a shot.
Protection features are missing from a table saw.
We feel compelled to include this strategy, but we are hesitant to suggest that you try it at home. The plan comes with a warning that it is “very risky,” that it involves high-speed spinning circular saw blades, and that it employs machinery in ways that it was not built for.
The plan entails dismantling a saw, in this case a 35-year-old Makita, and gluing the remnants to the underside of a sheet of wood.
A “professional-looking” DIY table saw
This DIYer begins by describing the issue of wanting to use a table saw outside on occasion and having to choose between taking the lumber back to the workshop or rigging up a temporary – and potentially dangerous – upside-down circular saw-type rig.
He eventually wanted to make something that was a little “more professional” than the conventional cobbled-together approach after confronting this old problem several times.
Plan for a high-quality DIY table saw
This may be something along the lines of what you’re looking for if you want something a little easier but still get a high-quality and professional-looking table saw for a fraction of the price of purchasing one from a shop.
With a riving knife, I made my own table saw.
This video plan is entertaining to watch. It’s a long video with no explanations; all you have to do is watch what he does at and stage. However, we enjoy seeing videos like this because seeing the DIYer function and the table saw take shape as the video progresses is almost hypnotic.
In ten minutes, you’ll have a table saw.
This plan, which can be completed in just ten minutes, could be just what you’re looking for if you want a fast and simple table saw with no messing around.
We like this video because the host has a lot of charm and clearly cares about what he’s doing. Furthermore, the table saw he designs is a straightforward method that accomplishes the task at hand.
The strong balance between demonstration and commentary is one of the things we like most about this video. He simply tells you when things are obvious from just watching, but when you need to know what he’s doing, he takes the time to clarify it thoroughly.