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10 Amazing Projects for Beginners to build with Table Saws – Part 2

This is our second part in the series “Amazing Projects for Beginners to build with Table Saws”. You can checkout the Part 1 here.

Build a tall oak mirror

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This project is something that you will use for a long time, and your spouse will love you for making it. It is a simple project but may not be apt for total newbies.

With your table saw, you can build a full length mirror that can be placed in your living room or bedroom and will let you see yourself from head to toe in it. You can either go with the basic version or a more elegant looking version of the mirror.

The elegant version will take more time as there is addition Woodworking to be done for the edges.

Build a bird feeder

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Bird feeders are generally the most primitive Woodworking projects to take up with table saws. But in this project, we are going to add a complexity to the plan and make the whole thing look very attractive. This fun and easy to build project will use cedar wood that attracts birds and will last for years. It will have weather protection and a plexiglass affixed at one the sides. The purpose of the plexiglass is to let you monitor the amount of bird seed remaining so that you can do on time refills.

Build a bread tray for your kitchen

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This is another project that is going to add to the beauty of your kitchen. This won’t take much of your time and is relatively easy to make. And what you will end up with is a beautiful looking bread slicing tray. The tray will features space at the bottom from where bread crumbs will fall on the kitchen table. You can add the fun of Woodworking by creating a cutting board of the same size as the base of the bread tray. Then, when you want to convert bread cutting tray into a serving tray, simply place the cutting board at the base and voila! You have a homemade serving tray. This project also makes for an excellent gift.

Build a backyard game called Washers

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“Washers” is another game that is fondly played in backyard barbecue parties. If you a planning to throw one, you can build a game board for it. The board for this game is very easy to build. It has a few holes in it and the game goes like this: People stand at a distance from board and throw large flat washers at the board. The aim is to land a washer in one of the holes. The hole farther from the players has the maximum number of points. The game may look simple but it is very addictive.

Build slab-style cabinet doors

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If the cove style cabinet doors were too complex for you, you can try your hands of these simpler slab-style doors. The process to make them with a table saw is kind of similar to the one discuss in the cove style section, but a lot quicker and less complex. These types of doors are extremely popular in European countries.

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10 Amazing Projects for Beginners to build with Table Saws – Part 1

This is our first part in the series “Amazing Projects for Beginners to build with Table Saws”. You can checkout the Part 2 here.

If there is one Woodworking tool that can be aptly called the “workhorse,” then that is a Table Saw. Table saws generally are central machinery around which an entire workshop is organized. If you are looking to convert this Woodworking hobby of yours, then the first professional tool that I recommend you to buy is a table saw.

Table saws are versatile tools and you can use them to build several interesting projects. In this article, you will learn about 10 great projects that you can try out once you buy yourself a table saw. These projects won’t take much of your time and as beginner you won’t find them difficult to make.

Build a Play Cornhole! Game board

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Play Cornhole! is a very popular game in the USA. If you happen to pass through the parking lot of a college or a football stadium, you will find people playing this game. Playcorn Hole! is basically a more commonly known name of toss the bean bag game. It is a lot of fun to play, even with strangers, so next time you are tailgating or having a barbecue party, take the game board with you and enjoy.

Build Cabinet doors with raised cove

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Cove-style raised panel cabinet doors are considered very royal and expensive. They are generally made on a table and require a very expensive set of panel raising router bit set. But, if you have a table saw, you can do the job of panel rising, without having to spend tons of money. These cabinet doors look really styling and will add an extra oomph factor to your house.

Build a rustic pot rack

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By building a rustic pot rack on your table saw, you will end up saving a lot of space in your kitchen. If you own several heavy pans, that are supposed to be stored in hanging position, you will find rustic pot rack very useful. This mini projects can be made quickly, within a couple hours. You will need a rough-cut cedar and a couple of rods to build it. Once it is made, you can store a full set of pans and pots on it. It is strong enough to handle the weight and will add to the aesthetics of your kitchen.

Build an under-window book case

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Everybody has some books stored at odd locations. If you are a real book lover, you will never let your books rot at such locations. A better alternative to storing books is to build an under-windows bookcase with the help of a table saw. With just a few hours of your work, you can build a two-shelf bookcase. The two shelves and the upper shelf, in total give you a storage space of 18 feet.

Wood Router

3 Things to consider before buying a new Router

What is that one tool that almost all beginning Woodworkers fancy getting?

It is a router.

Why?

It is because it comes in a wide range of shapes and can do wonders to the aesthetics of Woodworking projects.

There are two basic types of routers available in market:-

  • Stationery router
  • Plunge router

And it is a little tricky to figure out which one to choose for your Woodworking project.

This is the inspiration for this Woodworking guide – To help you decide which router you should buy.

Let’s get to learn about them first.

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A stationery router is called so because when you set to a specific depth, it will stay consistent during the time you are using the tool.

It is different from plunge router in the sense that a plunge router allows you to go a bit downward into stock while operation, to make the desired cut.

So which one is the best?

Well, actually it depends on the projects that you handling at the moment. Both of them have their pros, so deciding between the two comes down to the project.

For an expert Woodworker, both the routers will come in handy in different projects, hence if you are going to handle a lot of different and diverse projects, you should buy both them.

For beginners, who would mostly be spending their time on hobby projects, a simply and cheaper stationery base router makes sense.

Pro Tip: If you do not want to buy two separate routers, you can go a new hybrid router that comes with two different bases that allows you to have two different bases, stationery and plunger-type for the same body. This way you upgrade to plunger router as per requirement and save money at the same time.

Features of Routers you should look for:-

First thing to look at is the horsepower rating of the device. Buy a router that has a power rating of more than 2 HP as you could have to push bigger bits through stock.

Second thing to look at is whether the router has variable speeds. Now obviously it would add to the cost and again this feature is not necessary.

If you are going to be working with smaller bits, then a single speed router is fine, but if you will be working with larger bits, spending extra and buying a router with variable speed makes sense.

Why? Because larger bits tend to produce more heat and burn faster when push at high speed, hence speed of the router must be lowered when working with them.

Third thing to look at is the collet diameter. Most routers can handle either ½ inch diameter bits, or ¼ inch diameter bits. Even though ½ inch diameter bits are more expensive and have limited availability, they are preferred because they are more stable and cause less noise.

Also, ¼ inch bits easily fit in ½ inch collet diameter routers, while vice-versa is not true, because of this reason, go with router that has ½ inch collet diameter.

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3 Things to Consider While Buying a New Table Saw

Table saws come in all shapes and sizes. Find the one that’s best for your projects in the extensive guide underneath.

If you are ready to move from a Woodworking hobbyist to a Woodworking expert, you should consider adding a table saw to your arsenal.

A table saw is exponentially more effective than hand saws for making straight cuts, joint cuts and groove cuts because its speed and flexibly, a table will prove useful in many different projects.

A table saw is a great investment, which will pay itself over within a few successful projects.

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If you are ready to give table saw a shot, here are few things to consider.

Basics of a Table Saw

A table saw has the blade in fixed position. To make the cut, you will have to push the wood stock towards the blade.

Some standard components of Table Saw include:-

  • Rip fence – this is a bar that guides the wood stock as it moves across the saw blade
  • Miter gauge – this is a guiding tool that will enable you to adjust the wood stock at different angles for making different angular cuts
  • Bevel system – this is an internal system of the table saw and it will enable you to tilt the blade so to make bevel cuts on the wood stock

Table saws come in all shapes and sizes. You can choose the one that fits your projects’ requirements. For hobbyist-turned experts, an entry level table saw should work just fine.

Drive configuration of the Table Saw

Generally, table saws are available in two drive configs:-

  • Direct-drive motors – In direct-drive table saws, the motor is connected directly to the blade and transfers all its power to it
  • Belt-drive motors – In belt-drive table saws, a belt is connected to the motor as well as the blade. Belt transfers power of motor to the blade. The advantage of this setup is that the motor can be isolated from the sawdust from the wood stock, which increases motor’s life.

Accessories to go with Table saws

If you are going to attempt diversified Woodworking projects, the following accessories will come in handy:-

  • Extension tables / supports – If you are going to work with wide wood stocks, you will need these tables, simply place one besides your table saw and cut wide pieces of wood.
  • Dado sets – If your projects require lots of joinery and shelving, you will have to get a Dado set. Dado sets allow you to make straight slots and cut wide in a single pass.

Feature of Table Saw

As I said before, table saws come in a large variety, so here are some features that you should hunt for:-

  • Amps – this measures the power of the motor. If you will work with smaller wood blocks, save money and choose a table saw with lower amps.
  • Dust chutes / blowers – Table saws that come with built in dust chutes will result in less sawdust in the operational environment.
  • Mobile stands – these provide additional support to the table saw
  • Blade guards – these isolate the operator from dust, debris and accidental contact with the blade
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3 Things to Consider When Buying a New Circular Saw

Out in the market to buy a circular saw, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Circular saws are used to cut material, generally wood stock, by people such as construction workers, handymen and hobbyists. Hobbyists use circular saws to construct their own Woodworking mini projects.

Due to a variety of circular saws available in market, if you are looking to buy a circular, there are few things that you will have to consider.

First thing to consider is the project you want the circular saw for. If you are doing a project which doesn’t require mobility, but require a lot of power, then go for a corded circular saw, if the opposite is true i.e. less power and easy mobility, then you should pick cordless circular saw.

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Apart from this basic distinction, cordless saws vary from each other in terms of specifications and features, such as:-

The design of the saw

There are three basic designs available in circular saws:-

  1. Worm-drive saw
  2. Sidewinder saw
  3. Trim saw

Selection of a saw will depend on the kind of projects that you would pursue.

Let’s learn a bit about these types of saws:-

Worm-drive Saw

This circular saw is called worm-drive because of a spiral-shaped internal drive system. In past 60 years, lots of have changed in the design of original worm-drive saws, except for the name. The current generation worm-drive saws have motors attached behind the blade.

The key advantage of worm-drive circular saws is that they are strong and powerful. It is easily cut wide stacks of lumber. It is mostly suited for sawhorse projects and the tasks that required saws to be held for long durations of time.

Sidewinder saw

The key difference between a sidewinder and a worm-drive is the location of the motor. In sidewinder saws, the motor is located on either left or right side of the blade. Sidewinder saws that have blade on its left are easier to use for right-handed individuals because it doesn’t block view of the cutting material in normal position. Vice-versa is true for left-handed users.

Sidewinder is the go to circular saw for DIY projects as it is light in weight, and easily cuts materials such as plywood, concrete, studs, and wet lumber.

Trim saws

This is the least powerful saw available in market and not commonly used. Trim saws are made for small tasks such finishing work in carpentry projects. They offer excellent control as they very light weight and easy to operate.

Key features to consider before buying a circular saw:-

  • Electric brake – it protects the user by halting instantaneously when trigger is let go
  • Ball bearing motor – with this tool the longevity of the tool is increase
  • Adjustable handle – this allows user to use the saw in multiple positions with control and comfort
  • Heavy duty base – bases made of reinforced steel or cast metal doesn’t permit bending
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7 Most Popular bit profiles to use with Fixed-Base and Plunger Routers

Routers come in two variants – fixed base and plunge-type. The difference between the two is the plunge-type routers allow you to go into the wood piece and make necessary cuts. Both of them are effective, and choosing one depends mostly on the project at hand.

Routers are used to apply edge shapes to wood stock and they do that with the help of router bits. Now several types of router bits are available in market, which results in unique wood stock edges. Some people prefer to use more than one bit in combination to come up a complex new design.

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Beading bit

Beading bits are used to give a round shape to the edge of wood stocks. Because of this reason it is somewhat similar to the roundover bit. The different between the two is that the beading bit also cuts a square shaped shoulder at the top and bottom edges of the roundover.

Chamfer Bit

Chamfer bits are designed to make cuts are 45 degrees to square shaped wood stock. It is a versatile router bit because it can be used to make chamfers of different sizes. Simply adjust the depth of the cut and you will get different results.

Cove Bit

A cove is designed to produce a concave, rounder profile at the edge of a square wood stock. Cove bits are generally used to match beading / roundover profiles at corresponding edges of the stock. For example, popular table designs such as drop-leaf tables use matching cove and bead designs.

Dado Bit

A Woodworker can use a number of methods to cut this profile. For example, to cut Dado profile on table saws, special saw blades are available. To cut this profile with the router however, one can use straight cutting bits. These straight cutting bits come in a number of varieties and can be used to make diversified Dado profiles. All of them are designed to cut a flat bottom and square sides.

Dovetail Bit

A dovetail profile is easily recognizable because of its flat bottom and angle sides. The angles sides are generally kept wider than the base. A few Woodworkers use this bit to cut tapered dadoes and rabbets in wood pieces, but that is not how dovetail bits are most famously used. They are most popular for being used in creation of tails for dovetail joinery.

Ogee Bit

Ogee bits are used to create a more appealing S-shaped profile at the edge of the wood stocks. This S-shaped profile is a compound profile that offers a few variations. For example, you can have points in the middle of the profile, and shoulders at the edges.

Rabbeting Bit

In simple terms, a Rabbet is a dado that is constructed at the edge of the wood stock. Just like there are several ways to cut a dado, there are several methods to cut rabbets. You can use a table saw with dado bit, you can use a router with dado bit, or you can use dedicated rabbeting bits with your choice of router.