I got lucky many years ago, and sold a gas guzzling van (1985 Chevy) for enough to get this (terrible) table saw. However, It has come in handy a lot over the years. Well, today I just made a very imperfect sled for it. This will allow me to cut small pieces. It’s not 100% square (there is some play), but it’s what I had and could pull off.
In this image you can see a piece of wood clamped into place to hold the piece safely as I cut it (the blade is to the right).
Here are some of the hickory spatulas I notched the handles with the sled. (it’s not as good as a scroll or band saw, but I don’t have those, heh, so this did the trick. Much faster and safer than other methods I’ve attempted.
This is my vice board I made to help hold the pieces without damaging them. Plus, I made a removable vice for holding logs. It needs to be clamped down, but until I can make a bunch of money to get a large shed/garage, there is no place for a decent table. (bad thing about it, I can only use it when the weather permits, ).
Today while trying to make two of the spatulas, I raised the end of the vice up so I didn’t have to bend over (my back was killing me, heh).
Now granted, I had most of this stuff on hand (tried collecting as many tools and things when I had worked as I knew imy pains would make working too difficult), so it wasn’t too much of a budget. However, I would say it’s about $1200 cheaper than what I should have ($785 on the low end).