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How to Build a Portable Table Saw Table

Cut plywood sheets and long boards easily, accurately and safely on a portable table saw with this fold-up, jobsite work table. Construction is simple, and you can set it up and break it down quickly.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

How to Build a Portable Table Saw Table

Cut plywood sheets and long boards easily, accurately and safely on a portable table saw with this fold-up, jobsite work table. Construction is simple, and you can set it up and break it down quickly.

Cut and assemble the table

If you have a portable table saw, you know the limits. That little bitty table doesn't support sheet goods or long boards very well, and with most, you can only rip boards a foot or so wide. Here's how to make your saw cut anything the behemoth stationary saws can handle.

You'll need two hollow-core doors; any widths will do. We got ours from a building salvage company. New doors are available at home centers. Put them together and mark a notch 1/2 in. larger than the saw table. Cut out the notch, then carve out the cardboard webbing and glue in blocking to make the openings solid. Screw aluminum angle to the edge of the opening, placing its lip so the table saw surface will be even with the door tops. Add a couple of hinges for fold-up storage and you're ready to rip.

Clamp the saw to the aluminum angle so it's flush with both door bottoms. For really wide material, screw or clamp a straightedge to the door. Then remove it for the cut. Keep the fence parallel to the door edge. With this setup, my portable table saw works nearly as well as my Delta Unisaw.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Cordless drill
    • Circular saw
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Hacksaw
    • Hearing protection
    • Jigsaw
    • Safety glasses
    • Utility knife
    • Table saw
    • Wood glue

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Hollow-core doors
    • Hinges
    • 1x2 (for filler pieces)
    • 3/4-in. screws
    • Aluminum angle
    • Sawhorses

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May 19, 2:03 AM [GMT -5]

surely this is not Handyman's idea of detailed project instructions??

January 05, 6:09 PM [GMT -5]

I picked up two 24 in used doors at my local Habitat Restore (with matching mortise cuts for the hinges) for $20 and a couple of used hinges for $1. I also laminated mine with basic white laminate (4x8 sheet, $45 at the home store) which makes it superslick for sliding the sheets of wood (got tip from This Old House) and can double as a white board. I like it so much I might make two, one for the saw (with the notch) and one just for projects.

February 22, 5:44 AM [GMT -5]

Drawing on the explanation of how to build this saw table, I now know how to build a nuclear reactor:
1. Get the parts
2. Put them together
3. Avoid tsunamis

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