A drop saw is one of the most useful tools that you will have in your workshop. In order to use it effectively you will need to have a practical drop saw table fitted. Drop saw tables can be pretty expensive, but there's no reason why you can't make your own. A drop saw is a circular saw which can be pulled down onto an object to cut it. This will cut the material cleanly and properly.
When building a drop saw it is important that you give the material plenty of support. The support is very important because if the wood or other material is allowed to hang off the side of a table then there is a very good chance of it snapping off and breaking the wood.
Step 1 - Preparing Your Work Bench
The basis of your drop saw table will be an old work bench. This saves the effort of having to construct a table from scratch. First spend time preparing the table. You will need to measure the size of the drop saw that you have so that you can work out how much of the bench you will have to cut away. The drop saw should have its own small metal table which is where the actual cutting will be done, however the drop saw table is designed to provide support for the materials that you are cutting.
Measure the size of the drop saw and write these dimensions down. Concentrate on measuring the width, height and length of the drop saw.
Step 2 - Marking Your Work Bench
Use a marker pen to mark on the measurements of the drop saw. This is an important step as it will make it easy to cut the work bench later on.
Step 3 - Cutting the Work Bench
Use a jig saw or a hand saw to cut through the marked lines of your work bench. This is required so that the drop saw will fit inside the table.
Step 4 - Making a Shelf
You now need to construct a shelf which is the right height so that the drop saw will be perfectly level with the surface of the table once you have fitted everything. Use screws, wood glue and the section of wood that you previously removed to make this possible.
Step 5 - Fixing Your Saw
Allow the shelf to dry and when it is put the drop saw onto the shelf. Fix it in place by bolting the drop saw down onto the surface of the table. Use a drill and bolts to make this possible.
Step 6 - Setting Up Your Saw
You will now need to set up your saw so that it can cut smoothly through whatever material you are using. Once you have done this you will be able to set up your drop table saw and start using it to cut various projects.