I recently inherited my grandpa’s vintage 10” craftsman table saw. It had a broken fence and was on a wobbly metal cart that had been pieced together. I have no idea honestly if he ever ripped anything more than 3-4” on it because of the fence. Anyways, the saw runs great and I want to put it to good use. Some of the problems presenting me were:
1) Saw will be in a garage shared with other stuff
2) The stand and fence needed to be replaced
3) My young kids play in the garage
4) I could use some storage space
5) I don’t have a huge budget
and 6) I want to build my router into it. No small list!
So. I came up with this design after a lot of thinking (using a free design program).
My one splurge is the Delta T2 fence system. I got a fair deal on one from amazon and installed it with a little help from an instructable. The work station is all 3/4” plywood and the top is particle board for easy sliding of the fence and materials. This picture is the basic framing:
Then I added in the saw:
I finished by adding the top, some 1×2 trim to keep the edges from chipping, and lastly secured the fence to the work station:
And voila! I still need to work out the details of getting the router mounted to the top. I moved the fence system to the far right and installed a new measuring tape so that when the router gets installed on the underside I can use the same fence for everything. I also need to work out something for doors and maybe some sort of dust collection by means of my shop vac. That’s why this is part #1, because this is going to be an on-going project. I’m very happy with this for now though since everything is operational for building other stuff.