Table saws are handy equipment to have in your workspace. The only downside is its price. They can get expensive, which turns off a lot of people. Instead, they rely on their trusted circular saw to get the job done. But what if we told you that you can convert your circular saw into your very own table saw? You’ll get the best of both worlds without spending a fortune! 

Today, we’ll teach you how to do just that. Ready to convert your circular saws to a handy table saw? Keep reading and find out more.

What You Need

We’re sure you’re excited to get started with the conversion process. But before we get started, there are a few materials you need to prepare beforehand. Doing so makes sure we go through the conversion process as smoothly as possible, and we don’t miss out on anything.

circular saw turned on

Now, if you frequently work on wood projects, you’ll most probably have all the materials we’ll mention. Nonetheless, the materials you need are pretty accessible. 

  • Pieces of wood: approximately 3 inches thick and wide for making a stand. If you have a spare wooden table or stand, it would be better. 
  • Circular saw: make sure it’s in good running condition. Don’t forget to check the blades, if it’s dull or not.
  • Blade guard: serves to protect you and your table from the sharp blades. It helps prevent accidents.
  • Extension cord: make sure it’s long enough to reach both your working station and the power source.
  • Foot-controlled switch: for a hands-free operation of the table saw.
  • Hammer, screws, best wood glue, among others.

Finally, before we let you go, make sure you also have protective gear with you including great woodworking apron. Don’t forget to wear gloves and safety goggles whenever you’re working on the project. Remember, safety first! [1]

Getting Started

You finally have all the materials down, and it’s time to get started. We’ll split this project into two parts: making a stand and the conversion board.

Making The Stand

If you don’t have any spare wooden stands lying around, you can make your own.

man working on a table saw

It’s pretty easy to make and shouldn’t take you an entire day.

Step 1: Measure your mainboard’s size and base the measurements to make your table saw stand.

Step 2: Assemble your wood pieces according to how you want the design to look. We recommend assembling it to make a square formation, which provides the most stable outcome.

Step 3: Secure each wooden part together to complete the whole piece. You can use a screw or wood glue for this part. What’s important is it won’t get detached later on.

Making the Conversion Board

Step 1: Get your flat wood, which should be approximately about 2 to 3 inches thick. Use this as the top portion of your stand. Lay it flat on top and make sure it fits right on your stand.

slabs of wood

Step 2: Using a ruler and marker, draw a section on your wood where you envision to place the circular saw. You can make the size according to how big your circular saw is. 

Step 3: In the middle of your selection, mark down the area which you will remove. This area is where you’ll insert the blade of your saw. 

Step 4: Start cutting down the marked area. Be careful with this process.

Step 5: Now that you’ve got all your pieces, it’s time to secure them all together. For this part, we recommend using a screw instead of wood glue. It’ll provide the safest and stable outcome.

Step 6: Put your table upside down and apply wood glue on the corners and edges of your board’s underside. This will help keep your table secure. 

Step 7: Position your circular saw under the table, and insert the blade on the whole. Secure your saw in place using a guard. Make sure it doesn’t fall off the table.

Step 8: Power your saw with your foot-controlled switch. And you’re done!

Conclusion

Now that you know how to convert your regular circular saws to a table saw, what else are you waiting for? It’s a dream workshop waiting at the tip of your fingers. It’s time to get started and get in on the fun. Now, there’s a ton of projects you can do, and the possibilities are endless.

To know more about the difference between these power tools, you can read how we pitted circular saw and table saw here

Robert