I made a miniature table saw for use by jewelers, designers, and hobbyists.
It uses a user supplied corded electric drill as a power source. The drill plugs into an electronic speed controller that uses a knob to adjust the speed of the drill. This allows fine speed control, letting you cut woods, plastics, composites, and even metals.
It also has a liquid lubrication system that surrounds the blade with water/coolant that is constantly recirculated by a miniature pump. This keeps the blade cool and traps the cutting dust.
The blade slot has room for user made inserts, allowing the use of many different sizes of blades, from real thin 0.006″, up to 1/4″ or more. For slitting and slotting.
This is how I made it.
To save time and materials, I get the blanks waterjet cut from large aluminum sheets.
I built a jig that lines up a bunch of bolts with the waterjet holes. Then I machine it.
Then take off all the sharp edges using a fancy little tool that can do both sides of the blank.
Do that a whole bunch of times and you end up with a nice shiny stack, ready for the next step.
Now I flip them over and cut out the pocket for the vibration absorber.
After a few hours of that I end up with another shiny stack of parts.
Finished machining (I’m skipping a couple steps here that I did not take pictures of), and ready to be anodized and laser etched. They come out looking like this:
On to the base! Once again, I start off with a stack of waterjet blanks and machine them.
The bases are then sandblasted and made to look pretty. Then all the remaining pieces are finished, like the reservoirs:
We can now move on to assembling the saws and kits.
(Yes, it really is a life sized Vigo on the wall.)
What the reservoir looks like after a few hours of cutting aluminum.
Would you like one? The first batch is probably sold out by now, but more will be available on my website here: