homemade saw

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by belg, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. belg

    belg Member

    Has anyone ever made a tablesaw type of saw (Besides Dremel or micro mark)that would fit dremel saw blades?
  2. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Table Saws

    I have made table saws before, usually out of the necessity to do a certain job. The last one I made out of a Craftsman 7" skill saw that I bolted to a sheet of quarter-inch plywood. I made a slot for the miter gauge by screwing and gluing 1" x 2" wood down the edges of the slot and a piece of 1" x 4" across the bottom to hold it all together, and made a fence that C-clamped in place. I put a 1" x 2" frame around the underside edge to give it some stability and then I bolted it to an old TV stand. I fixed our hardwood floor with this saw and it worked quite well. If I was going to do some finer work with it, I would get a finer blade like a plywood blade. I just used a carbide tipped general use blade.

    Using a skill saw as your base and motor gives you the advantage of easily adjustable blade height and you can also tilt the blade to 45 degrees, which is something I personally never had to do. Another nice thing about this system is if you're doing fine work and you only take the saw blade through the piece of plywood that's acting as your table surface only a half to three quarters of an inch on its initial cut, then there is no gap around the blade and you can run very small pieces without fear of them slipping between the blade and the table.

    The time before, I actually made a table saw out of a very small skill saw. It only had a 5" blade and I think they're used by cabinet makers to install moldings, etc. That particular effort wasn't as successful because the little saw wasn't powerful enough, and the blade wasn't sharp enough and, well, you can guess the problems I had. But one of these little 5" skill saws would be just the trick to make a small table saw for a hobbiest.

    One more thing. Once you get your table saw made, don't forget you can make an excellent sanding disk from a piece of plywood. Just use a compass and draw a circle the size you want, glue the sandpaper of your choice onto the wood with white glue (worked well for me) or spray glue if you're in a hurry (also works well), drill a hole in the center the size of the arbor on your saw, bolt it on like a saw blade, and, when you first turn it on it's liable to vibrate because it hasn't been "trued" up yet. You can true it up a number of ways:

    1. Hold a piece of sandpaper to the edge of the plywood as it spins and sand it until it is true.

    2. Use a grinder to true up the edge as it spins. This is much faster.

    3. Use a bastard file held against the edge until it is true. This is faster than sandpaper but not as fast as the grinder.

    You might want to knock the edge off the sandpaper so that the edge of the disk doesn't have as much bite as the face.

    There you go. I hope this helps you out.

    Bandaging his fingers,


    P.S. My wife got me a Delta table saw for Christmas, so now I can really cut wood! :D
  3. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Just So Happens

    I found a pic of my micky-licky table saw.

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  4. belg

    belg Member

    think smaller

    TC ,although I appreciate the effort and the explanation I'm looking to make a tablesaw to cut real small pieces of wood with a dremel saw blade which is only about 1 1/4".
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Assuming you are trying to cut stripwood, I've had good results using my standard (8"???) table saw with a very small fine toothed blade on it. It's like a 3" blade I found on closeout for a couple of bucks. The hole was actually just a little too small, so I enlarged it with a diamond tip on the dremel. Just ground around in a circle until it fit the saw. Then I lowered the blade, set a sheet of plastic on the top of the saw and clamped it down with the fence. Then I ran the saw and brought the blade up throught the plastic (t. alexander's idea). I didn't like the fence, so I C-clamped an angle iron on as a fence. I can easily cut 1/6" wide 1/32" basswood, and I'm sure I could go narrower if needed.
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Years ago I built one like you are discribing.
    I clamped a electric drill to a peice of 2x6 then built a table to feed the material into a 1 1/2" blade I got at an electric motor rebuild shop. The blade was used to cut the insulater material from between the comutaters of armetures, not sure where you might find one. I clamped a peice of angle on for a fence. It was crude but it worked. I could cut cardboard, wood and plastic. I would like to build another.
  7. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Ray, ya got me thinkin' (DANGER!), maybe you guys could get a flex shaft for a dremel type moto tool and mount in under a table surface of sorts, painted sheet metal or plastic. if you don't attempt a tilt blade, it should be easy.

    Belg, where did you find the dremel blade? I've been keeping my eyes open for one in the local stores, but the smallest thing I've seen is the 3" one I mentioned.
  8. belg

    belg Member

    Jon I found it in my local Home Depot. They had several more if your interested PM me and the next time I'm over that way I'd be glad to get you one. Has any one ever seen the inside of the one that Micro Mark sells? I'm thinking pulleys and belts?
  9. pondman

    pondman New Member

    Table Saw

    I was at the HARBOR FREIGHT STORE and they have a 3 inch table saw for modelers look's just like a 10 inch one !!!!! You may want to check it out .
  10. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

  11. pondman

    pondman New Member

    Mill machine

    That would be nice to have. It could come in handy for train work ..Maybe you could get the wife to work overtime so you can get it soon ! :)

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