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Revamping my Delta Contractor Saw #16: Router Table (as part of saw) finished!

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Blog entry by Mark Colan posted 11-28-2010 08:24 PM 5289 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Where should I mount the router on my table saw? Part 16 of Revamping my Delta Contractor Saw series Part 17: Shop Kitty: The Supervisor »

Having built the table itself (reported last time), and getting some feedback on proper layout, I completed the tasks of cutting an inset and hole for the plate and router, and cut a rabbet for the miter channel. Here it is:

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Now my focus will move to under the table, building shelves and preparing to build some cabinets into the saw for essential accessories, as well as a dust collector box for the router.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA



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NormG

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 12:06 AM

Great work.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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nobuckle

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 12:06 AM

That turned out really nice. One thing I noticed from some other pics you posted was that you have a mobile base that spans the length of your saw and extension table, might I inquire as to where you purchased it?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Mark Colan

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 02:12 AM

Thanks, Doug and Norman.

The mobile base is a Delta brand base for Delta saws with an extension table of 30”. I have been very happy with it, though since I expanded the table 8” on right and left sides, it no longer spans the whole table. They also have one for 52” extension tables.

I bought mine at least 5 years ago, probably from Amazon. If you search for DELTA MOBILE BASE you’ll find some of the longer ones at least.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 02:56 AM

Looks like a very organized and satisfying effort. I have a 20 year Delta Contractor’s saw, purchased new. Today I worked some more on dust control. I am doing the whole enchilada, meaning totally enclosing the saw and motor, including for miters. Not a trivial task. This has been overdue, since it is now the big dustbunny in the shop. The radial arm saw needs a little work, but is much better. I have tuned up the saw a bit, precision pulleys, link belt, WWII blade, Vega fence, zero clearance inserts, etc. Have to redo the splitter and guard situation, already have the stuff for some of that.

I have a nice dust collection system, Delta 50-760, with tubing running everywhere. I have only been into woodworking as a hobby just over a year, so still working on the shop, mostly, kinda slow because I am old and still work.

I was going to put a router table into the TS table, but finally realized that won’t work in my somewhat cramped space. So a new table is on the horizon, probably build it.

My RAS I purchased new in 1970, just can’t part with it. I use it as a crosscut specialist. Can’t part with that old Delta TS either, to be honest, it performs just fine. The DC, RAS, and TS are all on 240V, so the electrical is pretty smooth.

I scanned through your blog entries on this endeavour. You are well on the way to a great setup, in my humble opinion. I will peruse your blog in more detail later, I am sure I will learn a few things to help me along.

Thanks for the nicely detailed posts, and have a good day.

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Mark Colan

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 03:06 AM

Hey Alaska Jim, you’re probably not much older than me. I take a long time too – simply because I enjoy what I’m doing and don’t feel like rushing, like I have to do with my job.

Check out my dust collection method: I just closed up the back of the saw (which only works with the saw is NOT tilted) and put a vent on the bottom. It works reasonably well, though recently someone suggested a better part for the bottom.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 05:15 AM

Yes, I thought of doing that…......but, you know, I am not the only one living in this house, and she really does not want sawdust in the house. I have the back half of a two stall, two deep, garage for my shop. Some of my space is taken up by furnaces, hot water heater, etc. And the entrance to the house from the garage….......is right next to the TS. So I promised, I would do it right. So now I am doing it. Probably will be done in a week or two. Check out my blog for…....well….....voluminous information about my stuff. But the TS, I am going to get dust collection totally under control, and add a good outfeed table, with some storage. I will be blogging about the dust control for the TS in the next two weeks. Frankly, it doesn’t make much sense, but it is the kinda stuff I like to do.

I noted you said if you had to do it all over again you would have gotten a cabinet saw. I thought the same thing…..but, being kinda …....hmmmmmm…..nostalgic, wanted to keep the saw, and besides, it does a good job. I am going to get a monster band saw soon, and then I can relegate the TS to the sleds. Have the radial arm saw for easy crosscut, and do rip on the band saw. At least that is the plan. Smaller rip I can do on my super sled (see the blog).

I have a very, strange approach to the hobby….....I frequently say that I build more jigs and fixtures in the shop so that I can build more and better…......jigs and fixtures for the shop….....(-:

I always knew that would happen. I am always into the technical angle. Just having fun doing what I like to do. It is a hobby, by gosh…...and I need a hobby, not another job.

So we need to keep in touch. I like what you are doing. More posts on the Delta Contractor’s Saw soon. Look in my blog. Not projects. Another aberration…....no projects until I make something my wife demands has to be in the living room…...type of statement. Just an irrational posture, making a stance in the hobby world…..where we are supposed to be having fun….........(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Mark Colan

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 02:12 PM

@Jim: I know well the temptation to sink all of one’s time in making a better shop. I am determined to do some projects for outside of the shop. Just not ready, yet!

Actually, I have done many projects outside the shop. It’s just that I was spending too much time struggling with a primitive setup that I decided to divert some time/energy for awhile. Walls, built-in desk, bookshelves, mobile workbench, and now the table saw overhaul.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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