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Table Saw Mobile Workstation #5: Top's done - finally!

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Blog entry by Greg Wurst posted 05-19-2008 02:59 AM 6890 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got to work on the bench a little this weekend, so here’s a few pics:

I took the back off and attached the dust collection for the router table and downdraft dust collector.

I then moved-on to laminating the top pieces. You really need good ventilation with that contact glue!

Using a router insert template I bought (worth every penny) I routed-out the hole for the insert. Hogging-out MDF with a 1/2” straight bit makes a serious mess! I had dust everywhere. I test-fit the top again and it’s starting to come together.

I then took the top downstairs to the drill press and drilled the holes for the downdraft dust collector. It takes a LONG time to drill and chamfer 160 3/16” holes!

One of the most time consuming parts was routing the slots for the router fence. I took the fence off a router table I had in the basement and matched the slots. Basically, 5/8” on the bottom 7/16” deep and then 1/4” on the top through. It took a lot of careful measuring and fence placement, but it came-out perfect and I am pleased.

I hooked-up the vacuum to the downdraft dust port and you can really feel the suction through the holes, which was a concern of mine since I just liked the idea of it and decided to build it without any real testing. I have a ton of laminate left, so I think I’m going to laminate the door fronts. I need to shim the table saw 3/8” to be even with the top, get the door fronts on, and attach the power switch and outlets for the saw and router and I’ll pretty-much be done.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 03:31 AM

this is coming along great. its good that the downdraft table works too. i am planning on building something like this when i get my table saw too, its good to see it be build first though. thanks for the post.

p.s. thats a pretty nice car you’ve got there too, ;) !

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 03:36 AM

Yeah, the Corvette was “pre-child”. I have to hold onto it since if I sell it I won’t be getting another one for a very long time. ;) It was covered in MDF dust after that and I had to wash it. It was filthy from driving in the rain anyway, so it needed the bath.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 03:41 AM

well i guess it being covered in MDF must have been a good thing in a way, now its washed and it must look really purdy now!

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 03:52 AM

This is coming along pretty good so far.

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

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#5 posted 05-19-2008 04:31 AM

Looks great so far!

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

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#6 posted 05-30-2008 06:08 AM

Awesome job!! I’ve got a new cabinet designed (90% done) for myself but have a question for you. In my very small shop, my dust collection is nothing more than a Shop-Vac. How well does your design work for collecting dust and chips from under your table saw? I have a Delta Contactor’s saw and my current cabinet just collects the dust under the saw behind a door (see my workshop page). My seven year old’s FAVORITE thing is to clean that out for me; he loves it. I hate to dissapoint him but I’d like a better solution.

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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#7 posted 05-30-2008 02:24 PM

If your saw is anything like mine, you have that giant hole at the rear that blows sawdust everywhere and prevent any real vacuum from being developed. You need to seal-up the hole around the saw as much as possible. If you look at the last section of this blog you will see how I sealed my saw. With the saw sealed as best as possible, it does a pretty-good job of sucking-up the dust and I’m just using a ShopVac style vacuum as well. A little dust collects in the corners of the saw base, but that’s about it.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 05-30-2008 07:41 PM

Thanks for the relpy. I recall an article in a FineWoodworking magazine issue (?) that was in regard to covering the saw back like the one I have. I’ll dig it up and design it into project. BTW – I did review all of your photos; thanks for all of the detail and sharing so freely!

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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