I finished up the remote operator for the table saw blast gate. Works awesome. I epoxied a piece of walnut to the handle of the blast gate. I wanted to be able raise the operating arm as high as I could and I thought that walnut would wear better than the plastic of the handle. I designed it so that you pull the handle to open the gate. I made ever conscious effort to make sure that the handle wouldn’t be sticking back too far and be in the way. It’s not! I also made it so that there was some adjustment in the all-thread. Unfortunately you can’t see in the pictures but there’s about 1-1/2” of adjustment. I wanted to allow for a little give and take. By lengthening the all-thread, it moves the handle out away from the saw further so that I can get my hand between the saw and the handle.
So next thing is to reroute the drop to the table by moving it back about 24” or so. With that, I’ll take the pipe nearly to the floor, or just below the dust shroud around the rear of the saw. I intend on adding a Wye to pick up the saw and then continue on just to edge of the workbench / outfeed table. This is where I put planner. So instead of that 15’ flex hose running around I should end up with just a short 4’ – 6’ piece. I haven’t thought that completely through yet.
Until next time!
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135