Lowering a cabinet saw for use by the disabled in a wheelchair....Part 3

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 05-25-2011 02:30 AM 4373 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that the table saw is lowered, more toys need to be lowered to be useful in the shop. So now I’m trying to come to grips with the loss of the outfeed table and the need to relocate other tools for combinations of uses.
Today I lowered the shaper 5 inches and trimmed it to be 5/16” lower than the table saw and the same with the band saw. The idea is that I can have them close by for use or the be the outfeed table, What do you think?

Everything is on Shop Fox mobile bases the same as the table saw. And the shaper is a handy storage for my Osbourne miter.

By having them just a bit lower than the saw table, they can serve as an outfeed table with out having them too low.
I’ll add to this blog as I rework everything for better spacing, and reducing the need for any excess equipment I really don’t need. Speaking of unneeded equipment, I’m thinking about just getting rid of the compound miter saw and the mobile stand. It just doesn’t fix my shop. I don’t do enough cabinet work to warrant haveing it as the table saw will do any thing I need to cut with it.

If anyone is interested, send a PM. Both pieces are Ridgid with a 12” Freud 96 tooth blade.

edit…I also re placed to old shop photos to bring things up to date.

And This is for Rick Dennington, See, I haven’t forgotten how to keep a “fly” rod handy.

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 02:44 AM

Still am amazed how you do all that stuff. I have trouble without any handicaps…....other than being tired from work and old age. Today is doctor heal thyself day, I have had the creeping crud, and can’t shake it. Normally I head everything at the pass with some unorthodox but knowledgable remedies, but not this one. So my voice was going today, so I curtailed the office a couple of hours. Strange, I have missed only about a total of 3 days due to illness in nearly 40 years of practice. Lot of luck in that statistic.

I have decided to only have a TS down in the little La Conner, Washington shop. Same thinking, I really don’t need a miter, unless I decide to redo the woodwork. But I am liking the present painted woodwork down there better, and don’t think there would be much to gain from the effort.

I haven’t even gone to the trouble of making a miter jig for my RAS here in Anchorage, just use my supersled, and it is slick.

I think blogging about this stuff is important, Rand, it will instill confidence in a lot of people who might only see the obstacles to woodworking while handicapped.

Kermit and I are resting…........have a good one….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 03:22 AM

way to go bro

that’s thinking
next to the table saw

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 04:44 AM

Nicely done, Rand.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 05:10 AM

Jim, I know it isn’t orthodox AMA medicine, but I take 50 mg of zinc from Swanson in Fargo, ND every day and with all the grand kids coming around from school with runny noes, coughing, fevers etc, I never even have a cold. The last time I had to work with the flu was in the late 80’s and It took a 1/5 of scotch a day to get through the fevers etc. lol I like my medicine better than yours. Of course your customers may not appreciate your breath. lol My customers were only to happy to break a seal on a fresh bottle and join me. lol

I know a lot of people that have problems with backs, legs etc, but the only ones I know of that are truly handicapped, have an” I Can’t” attitude. I have never been able to help them.

I used to work with a guy that had a funny gait. We just thought he had a bad leg or back until one day he pulled up his pant leg, grabbed a stapler and stapled his sock to his calf. Turns out he had two cork legs with rubber feet. lol That never slowed him down. Turned out he was working on a boat in the gulf servicing off shore rigs and a cable snapped and cut both legs off just below the knees.

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#5 posted 05-25-2011 05:15 AM

Well that’s one way of getting out of building a new out-feed table. Your old out feed table was nice, what happen it wont bolt up? I thought it was a drop down table that you had before, if I can remember correctly. Either way its a nice looking saw and I probably wouldn’t use the Band saw for an out feed table, but the shaper I wouldn’t see a problem with. Now that’s just me, I would be worried about damaging the band saw in some way since there is a thin blade, rollers, and sheet metal covering some of the saw. Well have fun Rand.

-- Juan, Fresno CA.

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 05:29 AM

Juan, the old out feed was actually more of a hendrence than help. I could never close the garage door and use the saw. I’m trying to be able to just roll the shaper to the right and the BS to the left and push the saw forward to allow me to work when the wind gets carried away or it is blowing rain in the shop. Now if I just find a new place for the washer and dryer. hmmmmm…....Did some one mention divorce?

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#7 posted 05-25-2011 08:41 AM

Ha…your wife will if you mess with her washer and dryer.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 01:34 PM

Rand great job on the tablesaw. She has come along nicely. And at a fast pace to;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 05:56 PM

Thanx Dave, Before the new saw, I had to store the shaper and the bandsaw from in front of the wood rack. And even on mobile bases, they were still a pain in the butt to have to move each time I needed to look for wood.

Now with them doing second duty as an out feed table, the wood rack is much more accessible.

I only need to move the jointer. The little 110v welder is going to the ocean container down back as I almost never use it any more.

Now I have freed up all of this room, and no tools to move in and out on the driveway every time I want to spend time in the shop.

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 07:00 PM

you have more toy and I want them so I need to gt work now to earn them

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 07:33 PM

Hey Bob, it’s only money. lol I have had several things come by lately for free or just a little money. In fact I could probably barter for them. Watch do you need for your shop? Every once in awhile there is a nice drill press, or an old Rockwell 14 inch bandsaw that shows up.
Then it is just find someone headed your way. My youngest grandson visits his dad in the Rogue River area regularly. I might get them to bring a pickup to Sacramento where they transfer JB, and them you would only have to drop down there.
I have a feeling you are going to be able to spend alot more time in the shop soon. Great to hear your new treatment is helping.

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#12 posted 05-25-2011 09:04 PM

That looks like an ole Zebco reel… Very good application for an old friend…
... just keep reeling them in… LOL

Can you stretch it out (telescope) for the hard to get flys? LOL

Looks like you’re really going to town changing and improving your shop…

Good job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 05-25-2011 09:24 PM

I like your fly – rod Rand thats a real funny gadget on neveu with the flysmacker with a big hole in the mittle
we just have to give them a chance …... right :-)

you have made a lot of work lately … what meds are you on … lol

what I can see as smart from the ts point by having the other tools lowered to a high little under the Ts
I can´t understand since you can´t use the Ts as an outfeedtable for the other tools
I wuold have made them to the excact same hights

now to the lazy part …. evnen though you are on some new some super meds :-)
you just set up (two for each tool) a toweringdrums with cable and hook on the endwalls and with a remotecontroll you can drag them out from the wall when needed and back in place when you want
to close down :-)
psssst the same can be done with the dryer and washingmaschine …..sssh don´t lough so loud

take care

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#14 posted 05-25-2011 10:00 PM

Joe, no telescoping on this one. What you see is what I got.

Dennis, Meds? I don’t need no stinking meds. lol Now that the days are warming up, this ole bear is out of hibernation and the sun sends old Arther Ritis packing. I just go soak up a whole bunch of sun rays and get things loosened up so the old body can do what I think is fun. With” humididity” low and the heat high and getting higher all the time, I’m in my element now. God I love this desert!!! Almost takes me from 67 to 18 again. lol

Dennis remember to think “KISS”. No, not you, lol “Keep It Simple Stupid”. The more simple the better. With just a bit of effort this little shop just gets better every day. Pretty soon I will have it down to the same size as your shop. lol

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#15 posted 05-25-2011 10:31 PM

What …. I know what you don´t want and that´s is 3 , 1/5 X 3 , 1/5 yard of a shop
and even in a basement not even if your wood is balsa and the only tools you have is an exactoknife
and a piece of sandpaper


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