So I’m kind of getting better at wood working. I have out grown my ShopSmith and started looking for an up grade. I was saving up for a SawStop but kept reading posts about misfires and the added cost and started to have second thoughts. I happen to run into a craigslist post from a surplus resale store for a Powermatic 64A w/30” fence for $625. I quickly decided it was too good to pass on so I am the new owner of a cool saw!
I have been watching several contractor saw work stations and really like posts by:
And a plan from Shopsmith’s Table Saw Secrets
I want a work station for my 64A with excellent dust collection, mass storage, a router compact foot print, a work bench area and above all else it must look really cool. After looking at all the examples, the one thing I wanted in my work station was to have a router cabinet on the left. I cant see anything that would prevent a design with the router on the left that would interfere with the operation of my saw.
As it turns out the company I work for uses a lot of plywood and I am allowed to take the cut offs. I was able to grab about 5 sheet worth of cut offs ranging from 12×20 all the way to 4’x’4’ sheets of quality 3/4” ply. I also got 3 sheets of 1” ply (I didn’t know they even made that).
So with all that I started cutting up parts. Unfortunately, my shop space is extremely limited so I have not been able to set up the 64A and had to cut all the pieces with my ShopSmith. I put a lot of planning into the initial design and looked to minimize the number of setups. Since many of the parts have similar dimensions I cut all the pieces that had the same dimensions on a side at the same time.
I started with the base and went with a torsion box design and added a 3/4 ply top and 4” casters
Than came the boxes. I have three boxes that are 15-3/4” tall, 21” deep and various widths based on what they are for (router base, saw base and storage). The fourth box is taller so it can accommodate lots of storage.
I am 90% sure the boxes are square but they just aren’t lining up correctly. If anyone has a suggestion on how to fix this I would really appreciate it. Also, I am using the 1” ply for the sides of the box that the saw will sit on. I am contemplating adding a sheet of ply to the top of all thee boxes to tie them together and stiffen the whole thing. What do you think.