I was able to spend a little time in the garage this weekend and finish up what I’m calling phase 1 of my table saw project. The saw’s been cleaned, lubed, tuned, a new fence installed, and now the paddle switch and a power strip have been added. I really like the way the mount for the switch turned out. It’s solid and not in the way while being easily accessible. I still couldn’t get the aluminum weld to work. I think my propane torch just couldn’t get the heat high enough, or maybe it was just me running out of patience with it. Either way, I went with metal angle to secure the piece I’d bent over to create the “top” of the mount.
After some back and forth on exactly what I wanted to do as far as power for the saw I decided to mount a surge protected power strip on the back. It really wouldn’t have been much of a decision except that dad had a Craftsman Automatic Power Switch so he could use his shop vac for dust collection, and I wanted to use it to connect my dust collector. Also, when I build the workstation base for the saw I’ll just reuse that same set up and swap out which cord is plugged into the power switch for when I use the router.
As I was thinking about the router, I realized I could use the switch that came with the table saw for the router when it gets installed. Just seemed like a better idea than the light switch I have in the router table now.
The cords definitely look a mess, but it is organized. The cord for the power strip is 15’ and really adds to the fuster cluck look in the pic because it’d been in the box for so long. I’m sure before too long it’ll relax from the heat of sitting in the garage and not look such a tangle. Although I really consider this part of the project done, I’m going to recheck all the alignments before I start using the saw just for my own peace of mind. Now that I’ve reached this point I need to finish the scrapbooking table I promised SWMBO, and then I’ll start the workstation base for the saw. I’ve already started drawing plans for it and at this point it’s looking like I’ll have a good bit of storage which makes me one happy camper as it may mean that I won’t have to build the cabinet I had been planning for my power tools. It’ll probably be end of the year, or early next year before I can start the workstation which I know will be eating at me, but I’ve got a commitment that’s going to take up most of my evenings and part of my weekends for the next few months unless I can squeeze in the time for it. I think dad would approve of what I’ve done with his saw so far.