1972 Craftsman project, Opinions Welcome #5: Top, Bottom, Now I Need a Middle

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 04-11-2010 01:31 AM 2652 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Extension table Part 5 of 1972 Craftsman project, Opinions Welcome series Part 6: A bit more work done »

Well, Good weather, good time to get finished up on some more.

I mated the extension table to the saw top today. I used 3/8×4” lag screws on the mating edge itself.

Added 3” deck screws through the angle iron and into the top.

Very nice and flat with a good seam. OK, time to get the fence mocked up.

I took the T part of the fence and threaded in some nylon set screws, these can be used to square the fence and make sure it is perpendicular also. I can see me needing some lock nuts.

The square tube that the fence rides on gets an application of UHMW tape. The nylon set screws rides on the tape.

The T square fence takes shape with the adaper I had machined between the cross pieces.

A view of the end of the fence (Upside down) assembly.

Another view, showing more of the fence. Made from a section of heavy aluminum extrusion.

And mocked into place. I think I will raise the square tube a bit. A spacer will do it. Then the nylon set screws can be drawn back a bit.

OK that is mocked up. Maybe cut a bit of wood now.

The cart that this will sit on is a full 6’ long and 2’ wide. I had some 3/4” exterior plywood left over from the kitchen. Not quite long enough, but we can work around that, we need 2’ of it ripped.

Cut up a bunch of 2×4’s and mock everything together and I remembered to mark everything for glue up. Maybe I am actually learning something here.

Another view of it “in the shop”. This is part of the reason it is going on wheels. Anytime I use the table saw, I have to bring it out on the lawn. Not a lot of room in there.

All glued up and together. Attached the casters (I need some carrage bolts). The casters are on a hinged board so they can swing away for working. You can see the 3 scraps I attached to act as feet when in the working position. I chose 3 because it stabilizes better on uneven ground….i.e the lawn.

Here it is in the “moving” position. I have to get something to lock it in this position.

Here it is in the “working” position. Being dropped down will also give me a chance to build a slightly taller cabinet under the top too. You can also see how I made the plywood longer by re using a couple of pieces of 1×4 pine on each end.

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 01:41 AM

great work i love the biesmyer style fence.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 03:41 PM

Can’t beat a good work table for the table saw. Makes moving it a heck of a lot easier. Big wheels make for easy moving. I have 4” casters now on my newly built tablesaw cabinet, I can’t believe I waited so long to do that. The whole combination weighs so much, that with the casters locked, she is as steady as a rock.

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