DIY Mini Table Saw

Updated February 21, 2017

Mini table saws are similar to regular table saws, without the added weight. They are now being used by crafters, hobbyists and model makers for smaller projects and can do the same job as a regular table saw for all of these purposes. Mini table saws are growing in popularity and are very convenient to have around. Generally they are lighter than regular table saws, but can move and sway when cutting due to their light weight . There are many different types of blades that can be used for a mini table saw. These include blades for cutting wood, plastic and sheet metal.

Set up a table or stand to set the mini table saw on. The mini saw is much lighter than a regular table saw and will shift and move on the table much more easily. Make sure to secure the saw to the work surface using screws or clamps so it is sturdy and does not sway when cuts are being made.

Decide on the type of blade to use. For rough cuts use a rip blade and for cutting fine wood use a fine-tooth blade. A fine-tooth blade has more teeth per square inch than the other blades. To cut plastic or metal sheeting use a carbide blade. Install support washers inside the table saw to help stabilise the blade if it is not secure.

Measure the material that is going to be cut. Mark with a pencil where the cut is going to be made and set it on the table or stand. Adjust the blade of the mini table saw to the desired height. Turn on the saw and run the board through the blade. Be careful when doing this because the mini table saw is much smaller than the regular size table saw, meaning hands and fingers will be much closer to the blade.

Repeat this procedure for all the required pieces adjusting the height of the blade when necessary. Turn off the saw when all cuts have been made. Change the blade for the different types of cuts if necessary. Make sure the mini table saw stays secure throughout the cutting; if it moves clamp it back down.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Table or stand
  • Safety goggles
  • Pencil
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