Circular saw as a table saw - how does it work?


In most homes, the circular saw is more the device of choice. How you can still use it as a table saw, and what different options are available, you can read in this post.

Suitable saws for use

Basically, you should - for reasons of safety at work - always use only professional saw tables for converting the circular saw into a table saw. The jigs are designed so that occupational safety is not compromised, and there is also a separate on / off switch on such tables.

By no means suitable for such a conversion are cordless portable circular saws that can not be connected directly to the table. In this case, there is no possibility at the table to turn off the portable circular saw. The function of the brake of a table saw is thus eliminated. That is an unreasonable security risk!

DIY construction of circular saw tables

It is not advisable to build a circular saw table yourself since important safety devices are missing:

  • an on / off function (switch) for the saw on the table and a limitation of the follow-up duration (brake) of the saw
  • a fixed cover of the saw blade
  • a firmly mounted riving knife

These components are essential for the safe operation of a table saw.

Professional circular saw tables

The purchase of a professional circular saw table, in which the circular saw can be firmly clamped and connected, can be worthwhile for several reasons:

  • Working over a long period of time can be much more pleasant at a table than working with the hand-held circular saw
  • There are in most cases guide rails and rails for angle and miter cuts available
  • The tables often also provide a stable work surface for other sawing work, such as the jigsaw

The purchase costs vary depending on the manufacturer and design. Simple machine tables without accessories are usually available for less than 100 EUR, but the purchase of a professional saw table is advisable. As a rule, you have to expect at least 200 - 250 EUR.

Tips & Tricks

Also, remember that you may want to make angled cuts and miter cuts, and most certainly want to use a rip fence for many jobs. If you initially spend a little more money on a professional table, that often pays off many times later.


Video Board: How to Use a Circular Saw. Everything you need to know in about 10 min