It is a woodworker’s ultimate dream, to have a perfect table saw workstation. There are numerous workstations out there, but why should you buy one? If you can be a little creative and make one for yourself it will not only help you in saving your money, but you can also customize it according to your needs. If you have your heart set on making a table saw workstation on your own, but don’t know how to build a table saw workstation then you are at the right place.
Making a DIY table saw workstation is not rocket science. With the help of a few simple tools, a little time, and some effort, you can easily make one at home. A table saw workstation is an advantageous addition to your workplace. It will not only help you in cutting large pieces of wood but also gives you extra room to work on. You can have your tools and materials all in one place. Even if you don’t have enough space to build a large one, you can always benefit from an unpretentious version. Don’t know where to start? Scroll down to find out.
How to Build a Table Saw Workstation?
You can build your very own table saw workstation in just a matter of time, even if you have no experience of making one. All you need is the correct guidance. Here I have the perfect guide for you. You can follow the given instructions, step by step to make your own table saw workstation in no time. With little effort and dedication, you can enjoy the perks of having your own customized workstation. So, keep reading to find the step-by-step guide for every bit of knowledge that you need to know to make a table saw workstation.
Step 1. Get The Materials And Tools
The first and foremost thing is to have all the tools and materials that you are going to need. There is nothing to be concerned about. You don’t need some fancy tools to make your own DIY table saw workstation. You will need very few basic tools that you might already have in your workshop. You don’t need to spend on the materials either, as all you need is good quality hardwood and plywood. Here is a list of all the tools and materials you need to equip yourself with, before starting your table saw project.
- Circular Table Saw
- Nail gun
- Drill machine
- Measuring tape
- Wood glue
- Table Saw
Step 2. Select a Suitable Table Saw System
The second most important thing, before you actually start the practical work, is to have a proper plan. You must select a proper table saw system for your table saw workstation. There are different table saw systems out there. One of the most beneficial things about making your own table saw workstation is that you can choose what type of table saw system you are going to have. If you have a small workshop and don’t have enough space for keeping a stationary table saw workstation, then you can make a portable knockdown table saw system.
You can assemble the table whenever you need to work and once you are finished, you can deconstruct the table and take it away. If you have a large space, then you can make a stationary table saw workstation. It will help you by giving you a proper space, specifically dedicated to woodcutting. If the top workspace of the workstation is large enough, then you can do other work such as gluing some stuff or marking the measurement, on the top workspace. You can also add some cabinets or shelves below the top workspace to get some extra space for storage.
Step 3. Choose the Appropriate Timber
It is necessary to have a strong base. You cannot compromise when it comes to choosing a proper type of wood for your table saw workstation. If you have opted for the correct type of timber then the rest is a piece of cake. There are tremendous options out there. Don’t go for the inexpensive ones, as you might save money for now, but later you are going to regret it. The quality of the material you are using will affect the durability of your workstation.
Softwood is not suitable for heavy-duty purposes, such as being the base for a table saw workstation. It cannot withstand sliding and scratching. Whereas, commercial plywood is a combination of both, hardwood and softwood. It is flexible and has a tendency to lose its flat structure over time. The best option for you is to buy hardwood. Hardwood has the strength and durability that you will need. Oak hardwood is more suitable, as it doesn’t bend and is strong enough to bear the degradation. Oak hardwood is also easy to clean.
Step 4. Get The Right Measurement and Make The Panels
Now, that you have chosen the type of wood you are using. The next step is to construct panels. It is an essential step. You should have a board of the standard 2”x8’x8’ dimension. Keep in mind that you are going to need four different sheets of wood. So, construct the panels, keeping that in mind.
You will need to make panels for the sides, ends, outfeed, and the top base of the table. Now you have got the panels, the next step is to cut it into different parts, but before that, you will need to have proper measurements. So, use the measuring tape and mark the parts that you are going to cut. This will lower the chance of any error.
Step 5. Cut The Notch
Now, you have to make the frame and for that you must cut the proper notch. Cutting a proper notch is a very vital skill when it comes to wood crafting. The accuracy in the size of the notch determines the stability and flatness of your table saw workstation. The trick to getting a perfect notch is to cut the notch a little wider than the actual size of the plywood. All the notch must be exactly identical.
To cut the perfect notch, first, you have to mark the plywood piece that has to fit in the notch. Once you have marked the outline of the plywood, now set your table saw according to the width of the plywood. Next, put many cuts in between the marks and then get rid of those cuts. Now, just smooth down the notch with the help of sandpaper.
Step 6. Cut The Arches and Set The Inner Support
Now, you can use the jigsaw to cut the arches or you can also use a round hole cutter. Before cutting the arches, you have to clamp the piece of wood down. It will help you in cutting more comfortably and accurately. The arches will provide you with support and strength. Now glue and nail the notch. It will give you the framework for the inner support of the table and struts. That will not also give support, but will also help in load-bearing.
Step 7. Make the feet of the table
Until now, I hope that you are getting the idea of how to build a table saw workstation. The next crucial step is to make the feet of the table. You need to take care of precision while you are cutting the small parts for the feet. Once you have cut the parts, now carefully glue and nail them. Get rid of any excess glue and wait for it to dry. Now smooth out the edges with the help of the sander. The edges and the ends should be flat. You will not be able to work if the table will waggle or tremble. The feet must be stable, so you can work freely.
Step 8. The top Workspace
Now, as you have cut the stable legs, arches, and struts ready, you have to place them all under the top outfeed panel that you had made earlier. The legs and struts will provide the perfect support. At this point it is the moment of truth as if you have measured everything accurately, then all these things will come together to form a perfect workstation for you. The notch must fit properly. The outfeed table and the struts must have accurate measurements and the feet of the table must provide a stable base for the outfeed table.
Step 9. It’s Time To Attach the Table Saw
At this point, everything has fit perfectly. Now, it is time to bring the show stopper, the circular table saw. Now, take the measurement of the circular table saw. Mark the place where you need to drill. Cut the place where the blade of the saw will emerge.
Now flesh the tangible saw under the table, such that its blade is protruding at the top of the table. You should also nail down a piece of wood, so that when you have to cut anything in the future, then it will act as a guiding standard. Now, nail down the feet and struts with the top working space. Your workstation is ready.
Step 10. Finalizing
You are done with the structure of the workstation. Now, you are only left with a few final touch-ups. There will be a few bits that you might need to get rid of. You will need to use a router and a sander. The router will help you in making the edges more round, to give the whole workstation a more appealing look. The sander will help you to make the rough parts more smooth. Now you just have to polish the wood and your very own table saw workstation is ready.
How do you build a table saw workstation?
All you need to have is the suitable tools, proper materials, and a step-by-step guide. If you have all these things, then you can easily make a workstation of your own. It might seem difficult, but you can easily make one over the weekend. You will definitely not regret making one. It is a great addition to your workplace. You will not only save money but can also personalize it according to your own requirements.
Is a DIY table saw workstation better than a professional one?
A DIY table saw workstation is the best option for you if you are a beginner. It is not wise to spend a lot of money on a professional table saw workstation if you often don’t need to use one. You can make your own table saw workstation if you cannot find one that fits into your small space. You can make one by yourself that will not only fit into your space but can also make it a lot easier for you to cut wood conveniently.
There are numerous videos out there that you can see, but reading will definitely give you more insight, especially if it is a detailed one. I hope that now you know, how to build a table saw workstation? All you have to do is to follow the simple 10 steps that are mentioned earlier. First, get the tools and materials, then make a plan and choose an appropriate saw system.
Take the measurements, make panels, cut the notches, make arches, form the struts, cut the legs and make the outfeed table. Now, mount the circular table saw to the top working space and nail everything down. Now, your table saw workstation is ready and functional. It will not only help you in cutting long straight wood but can also help you in making circular cuts.