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Table Saw station #3: Things didn't go according to plan. Laugh it off and improvise.

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Blog entry by PatesWoodshop posted 12-05-2017 02:55 PM 2846 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After all my careful planning, I tried to make slots for the miter sleds with a router and well things didn’t go according to plan…

After much cursing I decided my woodworking was done for the day…

Around this time I decided I was putting a lot of time and effort in to polish a turd. This old 99 dollar special was probably never going to be an awesome table saw. That’s right, I gave up. Around this time Lowe’s had a sale and I purchased a Hitachi C10RJ. I’m so glad I got this saw. It does everything I need it to out of the box. No redneck engineering required.

Now that I have a new saw. I’m going to need to do something with this giant table frame in my garage. I decided to keep the table as an outfeed / assembly table.

Here we have the frame minus the laminate top I murdered with the router.

I didn’t have another piece of laminate top that would fit but I did have quarter sheets of plywood stacked against the wall. A new top is born..

After making the new top I decided to butcher together some drawers / boxes to store all the junk that kept accumulating on the top (horizontal surfaces attracting junk and all that). I ended up making 8 boxes which actually store quite a bit.

This is my completed table saw station. I figured since I started the series I had to write up a conclusion. The end result isn’t what I originally planned but I think long term this is actually better. Maybe someone will see my mistakes and learn from them before screwing up a project. I was salty at first but this is how you learn.

Back to making sawdust. Thanks for reading.

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



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builtinbkyn

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 06:24 PM

I’m not sure if you figured out why your miter slot routing didn’t go as planned and hope you don’t mind me telling you why. You placed the fence on the wrong side of the miter for a climbing cut – feeding left to right on a trapped cut. Were it on the other side, it would have no where to go other than straight along the fence. The router followed the direction the bit was spinning and pull away from the fence. Where the fence is located in the pic would have required a plunge cut from the other end (right side) and then pulled to the left, so the rotation of the bit would not influence the travel of the router.

Also, if you choose to attempt this again with your new saw/outfeed table, either pull the top away from the saw or end your cut well before the saw. You don’t want your router bit to interact with the saw top. That would be nasty. ;)

Again, I hope you don’t mind the input. Looks like you have a good start on a home shop!

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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EarlS

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 06:24 PM

It looks like you accomplished what you set out to do – put together a new saw station. I’ve put plenty of projects in the burn bin after spending way more time trying to fix them than I would have if I had started over. Sometimes quitting is the hardest thing to do, even though it is the correct thing to do.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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PatesWoodshop

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 07:19 PM

You are completely correct. I was going the wrong direction. The plan was to leave the saw there until i got to the last inch or so to have a visual guide. I don’t mind you pointing out the mistake at all. That’s how we learn.

It just came down to I had a shiny new router and thought I knew what I was doing… lol. It won’t be the last time I make a mistake. With any luck I just won’t make the SAME mistake again :P


I m not sure if you figured out why your miter slot routing didn t go as planned and hope you don t mind me telling you why. You placed the fence on the wrong side of the miter for a climbing cut – feeding left to right on a trapped cut. Were it on the other side, it would have no where to go other than straight along the fence. The router followed the direction the bit was spinning and pull away from the fence. Where the fence is located in the pic would have required a plunge cut from the other end (right side) and then pulled to the left, so the rotation of the bit would not influence the travel of the router.

Also, if you choose to attempt this again with your new saw/outfeed table, either pull the top away from the saw or end your cut well before the saw. You don t want your router bit to interact with the saw top. That would be nasty. ;)

Again, I hope you don t mind the input. Looks like you have a good start on a home shop!

- builtinbkyn


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

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 09:08 PM

Ah we all make mistakes. As long as we learn from them and they don’t cause us pain (physical or financial), well they’re good lessons learned. IMO a router can be the most dangerous tool on the shop mostly because it seems so tame. However it can really cause a lot of damage if it isn’t use properly and given the respect it demands.

Safety first :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 12-05-2017 09:27 PM

Oh yes the router 101 lessons, its still possible today if you do not concentrate.

Final result 10 outta 10
Soon you will be building furniture using it with one hand!

-- Regards Robert

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#6 posted 12-05-2017 11:57 PM

I’m almost 70 and have perfected the art of making mistakes… and learn from all of them… However, you can polish a turd

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 04:26 AM

arrrh Greg!

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 12-07-2017 10:58 PM

Congratulations on the new saw and out feed table that was a wonderful ides to re-purpose it

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

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