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Blog entry by Sawdust2 posted 03-20-2008 06:04 AM 1121 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Table saw system upgrade

A few years ago I got a good deal on an Xacta fence for my Jet contractors saw. That meant I had to come up with a support system for the extension table.

!I decided to build a system that would hold the saw, provide some storage and also hold my router. That way I could get rid of my router table. At the time my shop was quite a bit smaller than my current shop.

So this is what I came up with.

It was functional but it wasn’t pretty.

This year I decided that I needed something that was more convenient and more attractive. I used the Wood November 2003 system as my guide.
That starts with a mobile base


It has a collector for sawdust and a couple of drawers.

Drawers have always been my bete noir. This was no exception. I must have made the drawers three times and when I was finally done they didn’t fit in the bottom. The top drawer worked fine, but the bottom would not go in all the way. I finally figured out that the slides were touching the base leaving no room for the !drawer in the back. I raised the back of the slides ¼” and things worked fine after that.

Next step is the router cabinet.

The drawer also slides out (the plans called for a $40 full extension slide. I used a $7 set I had from Woodworker’s Supply).

And a nice door to help keep out the dust.

The baffle for dust collection has two buttons that keep it up but rotate so you can access the router..

I modified the plans to incorporate 4” dust ports so it will attach to my dust collection system.

My grandson decided he needed my USB cartridge loader more than I so I will post the finished photos at a later date.

Plus if keeps me from loading more than one project at a time. LOL
If I can figure out how to make the photos smaller I will go back and do that

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.



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Betsy

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 06:17 AM

Looks like a big project that has got a good start. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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BarryW

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 06:30 AM

mobile base….dust collection….hamburger….mmmmmmmmmmm. it all looks great to me!

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 07:24 AM

That is a very clever solution for using one system for two very important tools.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Kevin

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 07:26 AM

I like your design. I think having the router and table saw together will work out just fine. That’s what I plan to do with mine.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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Dadoo

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 08:30 AM

Adapt and overcome! Looks like with the 1/4” hardboard it shouldn’t weigh too much, making it even more manuverable. I like it.

Lets see it finished.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 11:53 AM

This is a nice post. I have been debating what to do with mine as well. I will be following your posts with interest.

Thanks for the post.

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

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mrtrim

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 12:39 PM

looks like your haveing fun ! cant wait to see the finished product

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Sawdust2

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 12:44 PM

Dadoo, that is MDO, not 1/4” hardboard. MDO is 1/2” plywood covered with paper Medium Density Overlay. Only one of my wood suppliers around here carries it. It is neither light nor inexpensive. The mobile base moves quite easily but the mass is needed to keep the saw from moving.

We used part of last night fine tuning the saw. It is aligned within .001 inch, as is the fence. Calibrated with the A-Line-It gauge and plate. I am fortunate to have some engineer friends that think only precise is good enough.

I do not have the PALS system installed on the saw. One of the engineers (who has the PALS) (made by the same people who make A-Line-It) brags that his blade is .0000 while mine is .001.

I’ll finish the blog this weekend.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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jcees

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 02:11 PM

Nice going. Nothing like consolidating and building for efficiency and effectiveness. Sweet.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 03:21 PM

Looks good Lee. I used MDO for the top on my router table. It has held up to some pretty tough times. I had it left over from a sign. Your system looks like it will work very well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dadoo

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 04:45 PM

OK, I stand corrected. (Hard to tell from the pics at 3am!)

I’ve never used MDO. What’s the cost/advantages? Does it take paint? Thos mentions it used for a router table…I then imagine it’s got a tough surface? What’s it normally used for in the construction trade?

So many questions, so little time!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Sawdust2

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 05:25 PM

Cost (in Atlanta area) for 4×8 1/2” MDO is about $52.00. 3/4” is over $60.00.
Like Thos. says it is used for signs so it is paintable. It has the rigidity of plywood, not quite as heavy as MDF, and the overlay makes it really smooth. I would imagine that it is somewhat more moisture resistant than MDF.

It is pretty tough but my extension (and router) top is 2 laminated pieces of 3/4 MDF with white board. (Same stuff I have on the walls of my shop).

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 06:59 PM

It’s also exterior grade.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dadoo

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#14 posted 03-21-2008 07:45 AM

Thanx Lee…and you too Thos. MDO is something we just don’t see often up here. Sounds like some pretty rugged stuff too. I’m sure other LJ’s would appreciate this enlightenment.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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