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Blog entry by JohninSD posted 1747 days ago 1059 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stumbled onto Lumberjocks while looking for inspiration to build a Tablesaw Workstation, something I’ve been meaning to do for 15 years or so. I have a Powermatic 64 Artisan saw and it has been on the original metal stand since I bought it. I added a router table to the right extension wing and put casters under it to supposedly make it easy to move around the shop (garage) but the weight of the router table made it seriously off balance and moving it often was a struggle.
So I set out to build an improvement and finally settled on the plan available from plansnow.com and originally published in Shopnotes #89. Construction began about a month ago and now I have completed the basic cabinet and base and moved the saw/router table to the new workstation. I have yet to make the doors and drawers and the new top. I considered just keeping the existing top but I really want to replace the left side cast iron finger crusher and as long as I’m at it I figure I might as well do it up right.
Here’s a pic of what it looks like right now. I made the front and rear pieces of the base 6” longer than the plan calls for so I could add two cross pieces outboard of the cabinets for casters. I aslo made the cabinets 5” taller than the plan dimension to bring the top to a more comfortable height for me.
Workstation in progress

-- John



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#1 posted 1747 days ago

Looks like a great work station!

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#2 posted 1747 days ago

John, this looks really good. This is a nice addition to your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 1747 days ago

Nice setup John.

Everything within reach.

Rob

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Alan S

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#4 posted 1717 days ago

How do the casters work in relation with the adjustable feet shown in the photo on the front of the base? Are they locking casters? It looks great so far!

Alan

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#5 posted 1716 days ago

Alan;
The levelers are about 1/4”-3/8” off the floor when fully retracted – they retract with an allen wrench. The casters do have locking brakes but they can still swivel with the brake engaged. Limited experience so far suggests that using the levelers is not usually necessary – the workstation stays in place well even without locking the casters. These are cheap (~$5 each) casters and maybe that’s an advantage in this application – they don’t roll easily. Since I don’t plan to ever remove this workstation from my garage they don’t need to roll easily. All 4 casters swivel so I can move it in any direction. I put the casters where they are so that they are accessible if I ever need to change them – I didn’t want them underneath the ~700 lbs. of workstation/tools. This way I can just extend the levelers to take the weight and then remove the lag bolts that hold the crosspieces and lift them off with the casters. I found some really nice heavy duty casters that include a built in leveling foot – but they’re $100 each so that’s not going to happen – this setup works fine for now.
John

-- John

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#6 posted 1716 days ago

Looking good john

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