The table saw is the centerpiece around which most wood shops are organized. It can perform so many diverse tasks that a table saw is the one instance where it makes sense to buy the very best tool you can afford.
There is really no end to what you can make with your table saw, including these nine projects.
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Build a Bird Feeder
While a bird feeder is a typical beginner woodworking project, it doesn't have to look like the work of a rank amateur. With this set of woodworking plans, you can build a very attractive cedar bird feeder that will last for years exposed to the weather. The plexiglass sides let you monitor seed levels so you can refill the feeder whenever needed.
Like many outdoor projects, this bird feeder is best constructed from decay-resistant cedar.
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Bread Tray for your Kitchen
Are you looking for a woodworking project that you can build as a gift for the person who has everything? This might be just the ticket. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a hardwood bread-slicing tray.
The slatted bottom lets the crumbs fall below to the counter below, allowing you to take freshly sliced bread directly to the table without all the mess. Best of all, the slatted bread trap slips out of the carrier, and if you wanted to be creative, you can create a matching cutting board that slips into the carrier to double as a serving tray.
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Walk through the parking lot at nearly any college or professional football game in the USA and you'll see tailgaters playing cornhole. There are even traveling leagues of cornhole competitors—even though the game is nothing more than tossing bean bags onto a game board.
This is a very easy project for beginning woodworkers.
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Washers is another fun game that is popular for backyard barbecues. The game is similar to horseshoes, except that players throw large flat washers at a game board with three holes for scoring points. Once you build one set, guests will soon be asking you to build sets for them. This is another simple project that features nothing than accurate cutting and assembly with simple butt joints.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Cove-Style Raised-Panel Cabinet Doors
Cove-style, raised-panel cabinet doors are very popular in North America, but to make them typically requires an expensive panel-raising router bit set and a router table. With this set of raised-panel doors, you can do the panel raising right on your table saw. And the mortise-and-tenon joinery is also made with the table saw.
This is a more complicated project, but one that shows off the full ability of your table saw.
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Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
If cove-style raised panel cabinet doors aren't the look you'd like for your kitchen, maybe a simpler slab-style door—very popular in Europe—will match your needs better. This is also a much simpler woodworking project, perfect for beginners.
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Rustic Pot Rack
If you have a lot of pans in your kitchen, particularly heavy cast-iron pans that really should be stored in a hanging position, you'll love this simple rustic pot rack. Built from rough-cut cedar and a couple of rods, this quick and easy project looks fantastic with a full set of pots and pans. Your table saw is the perfect tool for creating the French cleat used to hang the pot rack.
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A bookcase is really just a sturdy, open-faced cabinet that is strengthened to support the weight of heavy books or other items to be displayed. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a two-shelf, under-window bookcase out of plywood with trimmed edges for a clean, finished look.
This project uses rabbets and dado joinery that is easily accomplished by equipping your table saw with a stacked dado blade set.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Table Saw Jointer Jig
Dimensional lumber pieces available in today's lumberyards aren't always straight or square, which can make building a project challenging. A power jointer /planer can help to straighten out twisted or warped boards, but what do you do if you don't have a jointer? You can easily build this table saw jointer jig from scrap material in your shop.