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It’s almost done. Actually, the saw end is usable. I haven’t cut the place for the Russeau router insert yet.

The two major advantages are this is about 2” less tall than my other system which makes it far more easy for me to use and it is much easier to move.

The extension is two pieces of MDF laminated and a piece of white board glued to the top of that. In my earlier design I had drilled into the extension and fastened the top to the right side of the saw with 3 bolts. That was really a task as there was no real room and I had to route out an area for the nuts. This time I just butted it up to the saw and used the metal extension bars to hold it in place.

I use the Fazlock system from Woodworkers Supply (www.woodworker.com) to connect some of my tools to the dust collector. A little aside here – a few years ago I had purchased the Fazlock system. In switching between machines I dropped the hose a few times and the male fastener broke. Then, a year ago, Woodworker’s Supply sent out an email touting the Fazlock system. I wrote them and told them that I was totally unsatisfied with the product. I got a call from the rep. We talked. He told me that they knew about the problem and had reformulated the plastic so that it was now stronger. But it was not as clear. They sent me replacements and they have worked just fine.

There is always something that is a little different between the plans as made and the plans as used. In my case it turned out that the saw would be 5/8” lower than the extension as it fit over the router cabinet. I planed down some scrap pieces that I put between the table base MDF and the saw cabinet so that the difference would be uniform over the cabinet rather than just around the saw. Also, when I went to put the motor back on the saw it would not fit. I had to saw out a small section on the back so the motor would fit. Neither were big adjustments.

You can also see in the first photo the clamp holding the fence in place. I got the replacement nylon pads from Jet on Wednesday and that problem was fixed that night, along with the blade and fence adjustment.
I had the option of pads .125 and .130 thick. I chose the thicker. I should have chosen the thinner.

The only other item of significance is that I moved the switch from the saw cabinet out to the fence.
Now I can finish go the Futon Sofa Bed.

Lee

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



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BarryW

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#1 posted 2317 days ago

handy center…

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 2317 days ago

Looks like an overall improvement for you.
I am hoping that you used locking casters on one end and straights on the other.
The last thing you want is a bit of sudden movement passing a piece through the blade.

I was wondering what you used the ironing board and the flashlight for. – just kidding.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Sawdust2

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#3 posted 2317 days ago

Bob #2 I actually don’t have locking casters. However, there is a bolt that sticks down just a little to far on the right back caster and by putting the wheel up against it it serves the same purpose. The straight rollers are on the saw end. It takes a little effort to start the center moving. The plan is to wedge the casters.

The flashlight is because I do not have my lighting wiring just like I need it. I usually have 4-5 fellow woodworkers over every Wed night and under just the wrong conditions we can blow that circuit breaker. Need the flashlight to get to the circuit box.

The ironing board is a poor man’s outfeed table. If I had 2 I’d put Lee Jessburg out of business. ;>)

Lee

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2317 days ago

Geeze, don’t do that! That would be horrible!

What kind of fence are you using on the router insert?

Lee

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GaryK

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#5 posted 2317 days ago

Great looking setup. You have outdone yourself!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2316 days ago

Very nice setup, now your ready for business.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#7 posted 2316 days ago

looks like a dandy, Lee

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Sawdust2

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#8 posted 2316 days ago

Lee
Years ago at one of the Wood Shows a young gentleman from Joint-Tech ran into a little trouble with the law. In return for representing him I acquired the Joint-Tech system.

I’ve put T-nuts in the extension table to fasten the fence for the router. I have to use my shop vac for dust collection on that as the chip exhaust is on the wrong side.

And, Lee, I hope that the returns exceed the effort you put out on your Ezee-Feed.

Lee

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

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#9 posted 2316 days ago

Lee:
I note you are running on 110 volts so you may want to take a look at these auto switches at your local Sears store.
I got 3 when I was in Vegas and they work great to auto switch my vacuums on over my router etc. They auto switch off about 7 seconds after I stop the main tool.

A good 20 bucks spent.
http://s7.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00924031000?qlt=90,0&resMode=sharp&op_usm=0.9,0.5,0,0

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 2316 days ago

Lee,

You have done a masterful job here. The center is going to come in real handy. It has storage, is mobile and gives you a large work surface. What is not to like about it.

Thanks for the posts.

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

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Sawdust2

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#11 posted 2316 days ago

Bob, you can’t see it in these photos but my table saw, bandsaw, dust collector and air compressor are 220. My dust collector is set up so that when I open the blast gate for any power tool, 220 or 110, the DC goes on. It takes a little while to get to the gate when I am done with the tool so there is time to drain the pipe.

The bandsaw and DC share a circuit, the others have dedicated circuits.

Lee

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

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 2316 days ago

That’s a good system too. Do you use a relay to your DC?

I used to build them for Dental labs using a 24 volt relay to the dc.
They had standard residential vacuum gates and connected a fishmouth into the gate to start the system.

Cheers

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Sawdust2

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#13 posted 2316 days ago

The DC is controlled with a 220v Long Ranger. I had discussed the relay system with one of my Sawdust group, as that is what he has in his shop. But he is far more techy than I. I just ran wires in series. It was quicker, less expensive, I can deal with any necessary repairs and it took less than an hour to install.

I have two branchs, each with three gates.

I really identify with KISS.

Lee

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

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