“Maximize your tools!” must be pinned up on the shop walls of thousands of DIYers around the world.
It’s a good and noble goal… BUT… one thing I learned from finding answers for a recent ToolCrib.com question is that efficiency must NEVER come at the expense of SAFETY.
Here’s the question that started my most recent visit to my favorite woodworking forums:
Does anyone make a table to mount and hold a circular saw inverted so it could be used as a temporary table saw?
This is a perfectly reasonable question. The guy wants to maximize the usage of his circular saw.
Here are the responses this question got in Family Woodworking.
For the adventurous and well-insured here’s a link to DIY plans for building a table that converts your circular saw into a table saw.
There are manufactured tables available but it seems like they’re only available outside of the US. The bottom line is that a rigged-out circular saw is seldom going to be your best choice for cutting wood. If you need the portability it might be a good solution. Otherwise, STAY CLEAR!