How to make your own table saw stand

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How to make your own table saw stand
Making a table for your table saw is easy. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Table saws are essential tools for woodworkers and carpenters as well as the home improvement enthusiast who is his own contractor on weekend fix-it projects. Table saws are useful for performing crosscuts, compound mitre cuts, re-sawing and ripping. People who use them enjoy the control and flexibility offered by table saws, as the tool allows the user to direct the saw into the wood or other material instead of the other way around. If you have a table saw and want to make your own stand for it, as opposed to buying one, you can do so with a few simple materials.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 52 drywall screws, 4cm
  • 48 drywall screws, 7cm
  • 16 wood screws, 8cm
  • 4 adjustable levelling feet with M8 screw size
  • 4 T-nuts for M8 screws
  • 4-by-8-foot piece of plywood, 3/4-inch thick
  • 4 pieces of 2-by-4-by-10-inch lumber
  • Drill
  • Countersinking bit
  • Circular saw with cutting guide
  • Level
  • Clamps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three panels out of plywood measuring 16 inches wide by 49 inches long. Two of the panels will be used for the top of the stand while one will compose the stand's lower shelf.

  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of lumber measuring 49 inches in length from your 2-by-4-by-10 -inch lumber to create a frame for the table top. Create six additional lumber pieces that measure 16-inches long to use as cross supports for the table top.

  3. 3

    Set the two 49-inch long lumber pieces on the floor and place one of the three plywood pieces on top. Attach the long lumber pieces to the plywood by drilling 4cm drywall screws through the plywood and into the lumber at the corners and every seven inches along the sides. Flip the unit over so that the plywood is lying on the floor. Arrange the six counter supports with one at each end and four evenly spaced between the long side supports. Drill 7cm drywall screws into the cross supports to connect them to the side supports. Place a second piece of plywood on top of the cross supports and attach it to them and the long side supports with 4cm drywall screws.

  4. 4

    Cut four pieces of lumber, each measuring 33-inches long to create legs for the table. With the table top laying flat on the floor, attach the four legs to your table top, one at time. Measure six inches in from each end and clamp the leg to the table top. Drill four wood screws through each table leg and into the table top to secure the legs to the top of the table. Repeat this process for all four legs.

  5. 5

    Attach a levelling foot to the bottom of each table leg. Mark the centre of the bottom of each leg and drill one hole on each leg for the T-nuts.Screw each levelling foot into each leg and flip the table over when done.

  6. 6

    Measure the distance between the legs and cut two shelf supports from your remaining lumber pieces. Attach the supports to the table legs six to eight inches up from their ends by drilling four wood screws through each leg at the points where it meets the two supports.

  7. 7

    Lay the third and final plywood panel on top of the shelf supports and drill 4cm drywall screws through the top of the plywood into the shelf supports at the corners and at every four inches in between.

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