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Getting into Woodworking #1: Table Saw Upgrades

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Blog entry by Steve posted 01-07-2018 02:16 AM 694 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Getting into Woodworking series Part 2: A new tool for the shop, a Jet JWL-1236 lathe »

Since I’ve finally started to get a little more active into woodworking, I felt it was time to make a new insert for my TS. I picked up a 2’x4’ piece of 1/8 hardboard and traced the outline of the factory insert. I cut out the curves and sanded it until it fit. I thought it turned out really well. I have another blank that I’m going to use for a dado blade if I ever buy one.



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#1 posted 01-08-2018 02:42 AM

Looks like a really good job. I did the same thing on my 40 year old Craftsman TS l bought less than a year ago to replace one I sold almost 14 years ago with a lot of other tools I thought I wouldn’t use again when I moved into a 55 + community. I found out I couldn’t play golf all the time and sit around and watch T V, and I have a very understanding wife of 58 years, so I started another shop. Good luck and get that dado set, because you will be surprised at how often you will use it. I am 79 and starting over again and having a ball, so I hope only the best for you, buy the tools you need whenever you can, stay safe and keep the sawdust coming. Tuna 39

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#2 posted 02-19-2018 12:02 AM

Next up is a new base cabinet for it. Almost done

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#3 posted 02-19-2018 02:41 PM

bndawgs, that is too cool. Great job, it looks as if you took the time to think it out. Fun isn’t it. By the way, what fence do you have on it. I went with a Delta T-30. Keep up the. Good work. tuna 39

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#4 posted 02-19-2018 03:14 PM

I wish I could take credit for the design, but I decided not to re-invent the wheel and followed this build.

http://lumberjocks.com/gwurst/blog/4414

I also have the Delta T3 fence on the saw. That coupled with a nice freud blade have made the saw perform very well for me.

While I was able to use a neighbor’s track saw to break down the plywood sheets for this project, this cabinet build has given me a lot more confidence using my saw on more of a production scale by cutting quite a few pieces including all the cuts for the drawers. I had about 1/2 a 5 gal bucket full of sawdust after it was all done.

Thanks for the replies and comments.

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#5 posted 03-12-2018 01:38 PM

I was finally able to get some shop time this weekend and got this for the most part finished.

I still need to mount the safety power switch and then I’m going to put a few coats of poly on the extension wings.

Overall, it’s about 5’ long and 27” deep. The same footprint as my old setup with the crappy metal base, but now using all the wasted space underneath the wings obviously. It’s not the best, not the worst. But I’m happy with it and will hopefully be able to get a lot of use out of it.

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