Having the right power tools on hand can really bring you to the next level as a carpenter, handyman, or general contractor. Of course, if you plan on building, repairing, and renovating houses, building cabinets, or anything else of the sort, having the right tools helps.
Now, a tool that you might find very useful is a table saw, but what if you don’t have one? What if you only have a circular saw? Can you turn that circular saw into a table saw? The answer is yes, you can indeed convert a circular saw into a table saw, with a bit of work and ingenuity.
Let’s take a closer look right now.
Can You (and Is It Worth) Converting a Circular Saw into a Table Saw?
Ok, so first off, yes it is more than possible to convert a circular saw into a table saw. As you will find out from our own step-by-step guide below, doing so is not actually that hard. The fact of the matter is that with a bit of spare lumber, even scrap lumber, you can easily build yourself a table and a mount to effectively turn that circular saw into a table saw.
If you have spare or scrap lumber laying around, it might cost you nothing to do this but a few hours of your time, and if you are a talented builder, the whole process could take less than an hour.
In terms of it being worth it to do so, if you just need a table saw for occasional use, and you don’t want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a new one, then yes, it can definitely be worth it. However, if you are a professional that is going to need a table saw on a daily basis, the DIY circular saw table and mount that you are going to learn to build below might not cut it.
Of course, the circular saw mount to convert it into a table saw, while it works for general use, will of course not have the same quality and amount of features as a real and professional table saw that you could purchase at a store.
In other words, converting a circular saw into a table saw is something we would recommend doing only if you aren’t going to need a high-quality table saw to perform reliably on a daily basis.
How to Turn a Circular Saw into a Table Saw
Right now, we want to take you on a step by step guide on how to turn that circular saw into a table saw. Although it may take some time to accomplish, it’s really not all that hard.
Step 1: Making a Table
The first thing that you need to do is to make a table, the table that you will hang the circular saw from. All you have to do is make a rectangular table, one that is maybe 3 or 4 feet deep and up to 8 or 9 feet long. Just use some spare lumber to make this. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
Make sure to add some cross pieces, just to make it stable and durable. Also, make sure that when you screw the table together, the screws are countersunk.
You can choose to also make some legs for your table, but you can just as easily rest the table on a pair of sawhorses.
Step 2: Making a Removable Panel
Now it is time to make a removable panel, which is where the circular saw will hang upside down, thus effectively becoming the blade of your table saw. This removable panel will make it easy to mount the circular saw, and it will also allow you to use the table for other purposes.
Just cut out a rectangular panel from the middle of your newly built table, preferably with both ends of the panel resting right above the cross beams on the underside of the table. This way, once the panel has been cut out, you can just pop the panel in or out, depending on your needs.
You may also choose other methods to create this removable panel.
Step 3: Making a Fence
Something you will need to do here is to add a true piece of wood to the edge of the table, right where the fence will be. If you already have a flat and true edge where the fence will go, you can ignore this step, but if your table has a rough or uneven edge, you will need to use a true and flat piece of wood, so you can make a fence that is also true and flat.
Once you have your piece of wood, use some wood glue and a few screws to secure it in place in the appropriate location (to the right of the table). Make sure that the top of this piece is flush with the rest of the table. Now, you can saw a very thin slot in this piece, right into the middle, down the length of it. This way, you will be able to adjust the positioning of the fence itself.
Perhaps the hardest part is attaching the fence to the table so that it is still adjustable. Remember, not all table saw cuts are the same, so you should be able to adjust the fence. So, take your piece of wood that will be the fence and screw it to the piece of wood that you just attached to the right side of the table, and screw it to that piece at a 90-degree angle.
Seeing as the first piece of wood has a slot running down the middle, you can choose to screw the fence in at any position relative to the blade.
Step 4: Mounting the Circular Saw
Ok, so now you have a table with a removable panel and an adjustable fence. So far so good. Now it is time to mount the circular saw on that panel. All you have to do here is to cut a large slot in the removable panel, as this is where the blade will poke out through the table and face upwards to make those table saw cuts.
With that done, exactly how you mount your circular saw on the underside of that panel will depend on the saw itself. However, for the most part, you should be able to drill right through the deck and then use some bolts and nuts to firmly secure the saw to the panel.
Now you should have a removable panel with an upside-down circular saw bolted to the underside of it, with the blade popping out through the top.
Step 5: Truing the Fence and Blade
All you need to do now before you can use your brand new table saw, is to true the blade to the fence. To do this, simply adjust the position of the fence so that both ends of the blade have the same distance between it and the fence.
Once you have done this, you can then use your new table saw.
Mistakes to Avoid, Tips, & Tricks
While hopefully, the above instructions make it clear and understandable, below are some additional tips and tricks to make the process smoother:
- Remember that the accuracy and quality of your table saw will depend on the materials you use. Using high-quality lumber that is true and flat will always produce better results.
- Although needless to say, seeing as this is a DIY project, always measure twice and cut once.
- When sawing or drilling, always follow proper safety procedures. Always wear the appropriate eye protection, keep your fingers away from moving blades, tie up your hair, and do not wear any loose-fitting clothing.
- If you are not building legs for your table, you may want to use some screws to attach it to the sawhorses. You don’t want this contraption falling over during operation.
There you have it folks, how to build your own table saw stand that allows you to mount a circular saw in it.
It’s not all that hard, but remember, if you expect your table saw to make accurate cuts, you need to measure properly and make the table saw true, straight, and flat, with the fence being one of the most important aspects of all.