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Blog entry by Vernn posted 11-29-2015 01:00 AM 968 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, we got the vacation time out of the way now and I was able to get some work done today. Got the wheels on now so I can move the station around a little easier. And I really like the wheels that I got. They are rock steady when locked! The station doesn’t move at all. And when they are unlocked it rolls around with no effort. You can see in the picture below that I set the table saw in its position because I needed to rip the strips that you can see on the right for when I lay down the laminate for the top. The top is now cut to final dimensions and I’m now ready to put some 3/4” red oak edge banding on three sides and then I will lay the laminate and trim it up an finish the oak. The front edge won’t have any banding as it will be covered up by the angle iron that I will be using for the fence guide. In fact, you can see I have my new fence temporarily clamped to the table saw so I could rip the strips for laying the laminate. I have a new Porter Cable biscuit joiner that I’ll be using to attach the oak to the edge. Hopefully tomorrow I can get the edging done and the laminate and all the little details that I will have to take care of to get the top just right. So far everything is coming together well…no major “gotchas”. I still don’t have a drill press yet, but I have one on order. Never did find a used one in the vicinity that was worth the money they were asking for. So, I have opted for sort of an entry level bench drill press that was on sale on Amazon. I think it will do everything that I need for the time being. I may have to upgrade after a while, but that will be later. Later…



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#1 posted 11-29-2015 01:10 AM

Setting the saw on the cart has to feel good!

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#2 posted 11-29-2015 01:12 AM

I used a HF DP bench top for years. It was not perfect, but it got the job done.
Yours looks pretty decent and $80 is a super price!

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#3 posted 11-29-2015 03:04 AM



Setting the saw on the cart has to feel good!

It was actually really good to finally see/feel first hand the height that I had planned for in Sketchup. The wheels were a little taller than advertised, so the overall height is just under 37”...and I really like it. It is just low enough to bend over the work for good vision and layout and yet high enough to not have to strain at all. I’m pretty satisfied so far. Thanx!

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#4 posted 11-29-2015 03:13 AM



I used a HF DP bench top for years. It was not perfect, but it got the job done.
Yours looks pretty decent and $80 is a super price!

Yep…that is my rationale right now…I could of course go overboard and get something that will last a life time, but I’m just not there yet. I’m just now putting together my garage workshop…lots of considerations and I want to make it a hobby for life, so I have to prioritize my spending. I think I can get by with this for some time to come. I do see a time that this won’t be sufficient, but that will be some time down the road. I’m really interested in working with rough sawn wood (there is a hardwood dealer about 45 min. away) and being able to mill it square. So, my next two priorities are a planer and joiner. There are of course ways of squaring/milling without these tools, but I think they are worth having if you are working with a lot of rough sawn wood. So, I would rather spend my funds on those tools rather than an expensive drill press right now.

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#5 posted 11-29-2015 05:30 AM

Moving right along, great job

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

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#6 posted 11-29-2015 05:35 AM

Vern that’s coming along very nicely.

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#7 posted 11-29-2015 08:24 PM

Looks good, it should be a nice setup when finished. The small bench drill presses are really handy. I had one for some years, but I gave it to my son after I bought a floor model DP. I really miss the small one as it could hold really small bits without an adapter and it was easy to move around and to use. I also found that it could do most of drilling I needed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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