Last Updated on August 28, 2022 by Barry Gray
The table saw is one of the most versatile and powerful tools in a woodworker’s arsenal. In short, it might even be the best of all woodworking tools.
That said, there are numerous table saw projects you can handle as a seasoned DIYer. Plus, you can deliver more precise cuts—with a table saw.
So, in this article, I’ve picked out 8 DIY table saw projects that are easy for beginners and professional DIYers—alike.
8 Woodworking Table Saw Projects
Here are 8 of the easiest table saw projects you can build in your home:
A birdfeeder is one unique project you can create—without external help.
However, if you want to create something more challenging than a simple box, this project is your ideal go-to.
So, the materials you need to build a beautiful birdfeeder are:
- One 4-inch piece of 1/2-inch dowel
- Two small brass hinges with screws
- 2 5 3/4 inches x 15-inch pieces of 1/8-inch plexiglass
- Two pieces of rough-cut cedar (1-inch x 8 inches x 8 inches)
- 4D finish nails
How to Build A Birdfeeder
Step 1: Trim the Base Pieces of Wood to Length
The first thing you need to do is cut the edge of your base wood to a reasonable length. So, you slice one piece of the base wood to 16 inches and the second to 13 inches.
Also, you need to cut two additional pieces to 16 inches for the bottom of the feeder.
Step 2: Cut the Dowels
To make the perches for the sides of the feeder, you need to cut the dowels with your miter or circular saw. Here, you can cut the section of the dowels to 16-1/2 inches in length.
Step 3: Rip the Cut Base Pieces
Set your table saw fence to the right angle and raise the blade 1-inch above the table. Then rip each of your 16-inch and 13-inch boards into 2-1/2 inches widths. Also, don’t forget to rip the boards for the bottom.
Step 4: Drill and Assemble
Create markings with your pencil on the perches (four to be precise) and drill 1/4-inch holes into them.
Next, assemble the base with two finishing nails to hold the perches in place.
Step 5: Finish the Project
With the base set up, cut the two pieces of cedar, for the ends of the bird feeder, to the right size and make the angled cuts with the miter saw.
Afterward, cut the grooves of the plexiglass and attach them to the ends of the bird feeder. Then, attach the sides to the base with a few finished nails.
Next, cut the roof panel and attach it to the roof. Also, remember to use a hinge to keep the two sides connected.
Finally, mount the bird feeder.
2. Table Saw Sled
A table saw sled is a portable apparatus—found in a table saw’s miter gauge or fence slots. So, there are different ways to create a table sled. But I will show you the easiest method.
The best part is;
It’s made entirely out of wood.
Here are the tools and materials you need:
- Drill bits + countersink
- Tri square
- Wood glue
- Straight hardwood scrap
How to Make A Table Saw Sled
Here’s how to make a table saw sled in five simple steps:
Step 1: Measure, Cut, and Test
Get the right measurement of your miter track dimension with digital calipers. Next, make sure your table saw fence is in line with the track width dimension.
Afterward, make a rip cut on your hardwood scrap. Then, set the fence to the miter depth and make another rip on the hardwood.
Next, ensure the hardwood fits snugly into the miter track to test the fit. If it has a smooth glide, then you’re good to go. If it gets caught up, make sure you remove debris from the track.
Step 2: Create the Base and Attach It
Use a piece of plywood to make the base of the project.
What’s great about this is;
The plywood doesn’t have to be a perfect square—it only needs to be flat.
So, apply a small amount of glue to the hardwood in the miter track and place the plywood on top. Then, let it dry overnight.
Afterward, drill pilot holes along the length of the hardwood and manually screw each hole with a hand screw.
Step 3: Attach Sled Front Fence
You can use scrap wood for the sled front fence. It only needs to maintain the structure of the sled when cutting the kerf.
Step 4: Cut the Partial Kerf and Attach the Wood for the Sled Back
Make a reference cut before attaching the sled back. To do this, slide the sled into the miter track and place the plywood over the lowered saw blade. Next, start the saw and raise it until it’s 1-inch higher than your plywood’s surface.
Choose a piece of wood for the back fence and make sure your choice is entirely square with the tri-square. Then glue the sled back and make sure it’s 90 degrees angled to the blade.
Step 5: Examine and Check the Accuracy
Finally, examine your work and test the accuracy with the 5-cut method.
3. Wooden Indoor Swing
Wooden indoor swings add some fun to an average or dull casual sitting room. Plus, this project is relatively easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of work.
Here are the materials you require to build this indoor swing:
- Table Saw
- Stud Finder
- Polycrylic to seal the wood
- Solid piece of wood
- 150 and 300 grit Sandpaper
- 2 Screw-eyes with Rings
How to Make A Wooden Indoor Swing
Here’s how to create a wooden indoor swing in five easy steps:
Step 1: Prepare Your Stock
The first thing you need to do is decide the type of woods you need for this project. Hence, you can use Cherry and bloodwood for this project. Why? They add color to the design.
So, once you’ve selected the wood, you’ll have to plane each piece of lumber down to 3/4 inches thick and rip it to 3 ½ inches wide with your table saw. After that, crosscut each piece to about 12 inches (length).
Step 2: Choose Your Design
Next, choose the pattern you want for your swing. Once you arrange the boards in the design you desire, measure the swing up to 25 inches long and 12 inches deep.
When you’ve decided on the design of your swing, you can continue.
Step 3: Drill In Holes for the Rope
For this step, use a 1/2-inch brad point bit to drill out a 7/8-inch hole from the outside edge. Taking this action will ensure your swing stays secure.
Next, round over all the edges, excluding the 1/8-inch hole. So, you can use a round-over bit here to prevent any pinching. Afterward, finish the wood with a few sprays of lacquer coating.
Step 4: Assembly and Back Splicing
Before assembling the indoor swing, you need to know the type of rope and the length you require.
So, you can use a 1/2 braided rope with a 500lb load rating. If you want to pass it through to assemble the planks, use duct tape wrapped around the end—while you pull. After assembling the planks, the next step is to secure the rope to the ceiling.
Step 5: Hanging and Use
You can use heavy-duty eye bolts and quick links rated 350lbs and 1700lbs, respectively, to secure the swing to the ceiling.
Plus, you don’t have to use this method. You can always try other ways to make sure your swing is safe to use.
4. Plywood Utility Shelf
If you’re looking for a smart and affordable way to store stuff without breaking the bank, you can consider a plywood utility shelf.
The great thing about this project is:
You can easily put it together in a short period. Plus, it’s very affordable—if you already have the required tools.
Also, this utility shelf is four feet long, and you can mount it directly on your wall. Thus, it provides a solid way to organize your home.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Tape measure
- Wood glue
- Table saw
- One piece of 3/4-inch plywood (48 by 8-1/4 inches)
- Band saw
- One piece of plywood (8 inches by 8 inches)
- Two pieces of 3/4-inch plywood (48 by 6-12 inches)
- Drill/ driver with a countersink bit
- Galvanized wire
- Two pieces of plywood (8 by 8 inches)
- Finish of your choice
- Orbital sander
- Drywall or deck screws
How to Build A Plywood Utility Shelf
Here’s how to build this project in three easy steps:
Step 1: Cut the Wood to Desired Size
Your pieces of lumber need to be the right size before starting any project.
Hence, the first thing to do is to use the table saw to rip down your pieces to the right width. But, of course, the dimension varies depending on your available materials. So, be sure to make your desired modifications.
Step 2: Cut Your Dado
Use your table saw to cut your dados to make your shelf stronger and give it a neat appearance. When cutting, use a miter gauge to hold the piece and prevent kickback. Though you can use other methods, the table saw is the easiest.
Step 3: Assemble the Shelf
Finally, sand all your pieces with 100 grit sandpaper before you start assembling. Furthermore, use your countersink 3-inch screws and glue to align the surfaces and dadoes.
Then, drill two holes in the ends of the piece and loop the galvanized wire through the holes. Also, ensure to tighten the wire with a nail or twist.
The last step is to mount the shelf on the wall, and you’re good to go.
5. Easy CD Tower
Are you running low on storage space for CDs?
The solution is to build a CD tower. And you can make this project from a variety of finger or box joints.
So, here are the things you need for this project:
- 1 x 6 pine
- Wire brads
- Dado blade
- 1/8-inch fiberboard
- Table saw
How to Make An Easy CD Tower
Step 1: Set the Dado blade
Set your dado blade to the thickness of the CD’s plastic jewel box. Also, ensure that the standard plastic jewel box is about 7/16 inches thick.
If so, align the dado blade for 7/16 inch dado cuts and test it on scraps to ensure it fits.
Step 2: Cut the Dado
Next, use the set dado blade to cut dados in 1 x 6 pine sides of the CD tower and ensure you do this properly.
Step 3: Trim the Sides
If any of the 1 x6 pieces suffer unsightly chipping, ensure you trim away the chipped portion. Then, trim the second 1 x 6 to match.
Step 4: Glue and Clamp
Make sure you align the ends of the 1 x 6 pieces to the sliced dados. Remember, you must confirm it before applying glue.
Next, cut a piece of Masonite for the back of the two 1 x 6 pine pieces. Then, glue and clamp the sides of the Masonite slowly.
Note: It would help if you use a CD jewel box at both ends of the tower when clamping.
Step 5: Check for Errors
Finally, check if your project has errors and test if you can stack the CDs properly.
However, one snag with this CD tower is;
It only accepts single CD jewel boxes. So double thickness jewel boxes won’t fit. But you can constantly adjust the dados to accommodate double thickness.
6. Simple Bathroom Shelf
This simple design is an excellent choice if you need a shelf for your bathroom. The cuts might be a bit stressful, but you can get this done at your local wood store. However, this is an easy-to-build project.
This project makes use of cheap plywood and simple dados to hold the shelves together. Remember, you don’t have to use these materials—any option will work—it’s your choice.
How to Build A Simple Bathroom Shelf
Step 1: Make your Dados
You can use 12-inch strips of plywood for this project if you want to get a 6-inch deep shelf.
However, ensure your dados are identical when cutting—to make the building process more manageable. To pull this off, cut the dados across one large piece and then split the piece into two. That way, the two pieces would be identical.
Step 2: Assembly
Mark the location of dados on the opposite sides to know where to install your nails. Then, you can use a drywall screw or a brad nail gun to secure the shelves.
Also, before screwing or nailing, use glue to secure the shelves in the dados. Afterward, do the same for the top and bottom.
Step 3: Backing
Ironically, the good thing about this project is it does not require backing. But, if you want, you can cut up a piece of thin plywood. Then, glue the back to the shelf and secure it with finished nails.
Step 4: Design
If you want to decorate the shelf or give it more definition, you can simply cut a piece of plywood 2 inches longer than the top shelf, then glue and nail it to the top.
Create a nailing strip with a 1×2 piece of wood so you can hang the shelf.
Additionally, paint the shelf with your desired color and coat it with de-waxed shellac for more durability.
Step 5: Installation
Lastly, secure the shelf to the studs on your wall with 3-inch screws and ensure its firm to the wall—to avoid fall.
7. Picture Frame Desk Lamp
A picture frame is one of the easiest woodworking projects you can create yourself.
The goal of this project is to create a mitered maple frame with LED strips—and a remote control that makes it perfect for bedside lighting.
The best part;
You can modify it easily to suit your needs.
How to Build A Picture Frame Desk Lamp
Here’s how to make an outstanding picture frame desk lamp:
Step 1: Design and Cutting
Since you can design the picture frame in any style, it’s up to you to decide what design fits your project.
That said, the cutting process depends on the design you chose. So, you can use a table saw to rip down a 52 inches long maple to 3 inches wide.
After getting the right width, simply cut the 45-degree angles of the wood piece. For this cut, use the tool you’re most comfortable with. For example, you can use a table saw.
Also, don’t forget to cut a 1/2 groove for your LED strip light. Remember, it’s best to do this before you add glue to the design.
Step 2: Glue and Add Dowel Pins
Use glue to join the wood pieces together if you have equal lengths and 45 degree angled miters. If it doesn’t fit, then crosscheck your setup and fix the uneven sides.
Once you’ve glued up the pieces, make the joints stronger by adding splined keys or dowels. It also gives an intriguing look.
Step 3: Get the LED Circuit
The best part about LED strips is the measurement. You can measure the length you need and cut it for your projects. After cutting, you can attach it to the 12v power clip.
Also, you can add a $5 remote to control the lights easily.
Step 4: Assembly
Add the LED strips inside to the 1/2 grove you made earlier and paint the frame with your desired color. Also, drill a hole to pass the power plug through. Lastly, ensure you test it with the remote.
Step 5: Finish
Add two coats of wipe-on poly to complete the project and use it as your bedside lighter.
8. Folding Wooden Stepladder
The folding wooden stepladder is another easy woodworking project—listed in this article—for DIYers that want to take on table saw projects.
Hence, here are the tools you need for this project:
- Cordless drill
- Table saw
- Sandpaper (180 and 320 grit)
- Eye protection
- Drill press
How to Make A Folding Wooden Stepladder
Step 1: Cutting
First, cut the pieces for the legs with a 60-degree angle on each end. Then, run the legs through the table saw and ensure they are the same.
Next, rip several boards in half and cut the ripped pieces to length.
Step 2: Cut and Join
After cutting the top piece, use a dado joint to join the top piece to the supports.
Step 3: Steps
Figure out the spacing of the steps and place the number of steps you desire.
Step 4: Adjust Folding Action and Drill holes
Use blind dowel joints to create the back support and set the folding mechanism. Once you put it in place, proceed to drill the bolt holes and align them correctly.
Step 5: Final Touches and Test
Finally, sand your project to make it smooth and test it to see if it works properly.
So, there you have it:
Eight table saw projects you can build as a DIYer.
In short, all the projects mentioned in this article are easy to make and don’t cost a lot—when it comes to materials and tools.
Plus, you don’t have to be very skillful in woodworking to pull them off! All you need to do is to follow each step judiciously.
So, tell me:
Which woodworking project have you created lately with your table saw? Are there woodworking projects you’d love to share here?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.