Work Station #1: Part 1

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by christenite posted 12-18-2013 03:06 PM 1567 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Work Station series Part 2: Sled and Router Table Insert »

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.

3 comments so far

View stefang's profile


15881 posts in 3302 days

#1 posted 12-18-2013 04:40 PM

Looks good!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View christenite's profile


3 posts in 1602 days

#2 posted 12-18-2013 07:59 PM

Thanks Mike!

Anyone out there have any good ideas or things to avoid when mounting the router the underside of the top?

View BJODay's profile


526 posts in 1911 days

#3 posted 12-19-2013 03:50 AM

Great looking TS station.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics