About time! I've finally got a table saw in my workshop. I chose to build my own for a variety of reasons.
First, I have limited space so I needed something small. I would love to have a full size cabinet saw, but I just can't fit that in my small apartment workshop. I could get a smaller job site style saw, but when looking at those in the stores I find them to be quite flimsy and cheaply built. Thus the next best option was to build on myself. This way I got a solid and accurate machine by basing my build on an older all cast iron table saw. These saws are well built, accurate, and fairly quiet compared to cheap direct drive contract saws. I built the frame and extension wings as large as possible while still leaving enough room in my workshop to walk around.
The table saw fence is also homemade. I used the plans from John Heisz which you can find here: http://www.ibuildit.ca/Sales/sales-15.html
Materials and purchased components:
3/4" melamine particle board
Melamine edge banding
1x2" and 3/4" plywood for triangular braces
1/4" maple for right angle corner braces
Fence (John Heisz Design)
Cutting board scrap for glide surface
5/8" bolt for cam axle
ShopFox paddle safety switch
15A Power outlet & box
Foam weatherstripping for filling gaps
Craftsman 113.29991 10" Table Saw (Circa 1960's)
1 HP Craftsman Motor
Watch the video below for a detailed view on how I built this table saw cabinet.