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Table Saw station #2: Building the frame and mounting the saw.

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Blog entry by PatesWoodshop posted 08-22-2017 01:51 PM 559 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After making the initial mock up and getting an idea of how I wanted this to turn out I took everything apart and started cutting out what may or may not be considered a half lap since I didn’t “half” the amount cut out on each piece and instead notched out the thickness of the 2×4’s into the 4×4 legs. Whatever the name, it’s not going anywhere now.

You can see I initially made a square frame for each side from the 4×4 legs and 2×4 cross bracing. The cuts are being made for the shelf braces which connect the two square frames together.

Rough cut out accomplished. I’ve since learned that if I make the cuts closer together I can clean out most of the waste by tapping with a hammer and then a few strokes with the chisel makes the bottom smooth. For this one, the waste was chopped out with a 1 1/2 inch chisel and a plastic hammer.

Scrap wood test fit :P

Frame assembly shots.

I should note I also notched in a 2×4 into the top (connecting both sides across the top) before putting the table top on. I’ll take a picture showing that, I didn’t think the top would stay flat without support

Saw mounted to the shelf / frame. I used 3 inch 3/8 bolts through the bottom of the table with a washer and nut to hold it in place. A second nut is threaded on and the saw sits on top of the 2nd nuts. this allows all 4 corners of the saw be raised or lowered to be flush with the table top.

You can see where I had to make a notch for the pin that sticks out of the back of the saw to fit in the table top.

I need to get some more nuts to go on top. I thought the weight of the saw would hold all four corners down on the support nuts but it wiggles a bit. At least it’s a 75 cent fix.

This pretty much completes entry # 2 on this project. Up next I will make a board (likely mdf) that runs across the front of the frame to recess the T-Track into. Once the front and T-Track are setup I can build the fence to bring it all together.

Thanks for reading along.

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools.



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Jerry

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#1 posted 08-22-2017 06:44 PM

Before you get too far along, you need to see John Heiz’s shop made table saw. If you are going to make shop made tools, and believe me, I’ve made a few, there are three names that I know of that will help you greatly:

John Heiz
Matthias Wandel
Stumpy Nubs

They all have strong presences on YouTube and the web

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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PatesWoodshop

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#2 posted 08-22-2017 07:53 PM

Thanks Jerry,
I’ve watched the videos from all 3 of those fine fellows and I’m subscribed to all 3 :)

John’s design was a bit more complicated with the sliding table / multiple fences.

What I am trying to make is similar to Matthias’s only this uses T-Track vs Matthias made a wooden groove for the fence to ride on. The other big difference is that I’m using a table saw to begin with vs a circular saw mounted to the table.

Here is a video of what I am attempting.

DIY Creators Home made table saw fence

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools.

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#3 posted 08-22-2017 11:01 PM

Nicely done piece

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

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