How to Convert a Portable to a Table Saw

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How to Convert a Portable to a Table Saw
Table saws are better than portable saws for precision cutting. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A portable saw has its clear benefits as a tool, but if you wish to make precision cuts then a table saw is the better option. Rather than going out and buying an expensive second tool, it's possible to convert your portable saw into a table saw for these tasks.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Power tool accessory table
  • Extension cord with a foot controlled on/off power switch
  • 1 1-inch-by-2-inch board cut to same the length as the table
  • Portable saw
  • Safety goggles
  • 2 wood clamps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Ensure that the power tool accessory table has a rectangular slot cut into it to accommodate the circular saw and blade. This slot should be 8 inches long and 3/4 inches wide. If a slot is not already present, you will have to create this slot using a saw.

  2. 2

    Secure the portable saw to table's underside with brackets. Make sure the blade passes through the slot and the blade and guard extends to the upper side.

  3. 3

    Measure the width of the table as you want it to be when completed. If, for example, you want an 8-inch board, face the saw and measure 8 inches from the left of the blade. Mark two points here -- one at the front and one at the back of the blade. These marks will be used to help you set your guide board.

  4. 4

    Connect the saw to a power supply and position the foot-controlled switch to a place that allows you to switch the saw on or off while cutting the board.

  5. 5

    Position the 1-by-2 guide board in line with the two marks and clamp it securely into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear safety goggles when using an electrical saw.

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