Contractor TableSaw conversion to Cabinet Saw

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Project by bkseitz posted 10-25-2014 05:37 PM 4190 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first got started I purchased what I thought would be more tablesaw than I would need, given I thought I’d only be building some simple carpentry work. For several years that seemed enough. Then the projects got bigger and I decided to get a sliding table attachment from Excalibur (excellent, people very helpful). After a while of eating dust considered upgrading to a cabinet saw…however…budget said no. So instead decided to upgrade by contractor saw to a quasi-cabinet saw. I build this cabinet—with a dust collection system included—and extended the table wings. Now cutting large pieces is easier and safer.

Included in the upgrade was an overhead guard/collector from PSI, a new fence system (Accusquare m1050) from Mule, and Zero Clearance (ZC) inserts with Micro Jig Splitterâ„¢ SteelPRO System, thin and 1/8” Kerfs.

The Overhead Collector still needs work or rather a more powerful dust blower (I’ve a 1 HP. Ridged which does a so-so job.) The fence is not quite a Biesemeyer style in that it does not use a lever lock, rather a pressure screw. However, it is way cheaper and I lick the ability to adjust the pressure on the lock. In addition Rockler had a sale on Miters so I got this Incra HD for a steal.

Possible upgrades to my upgrade would be to include drawers verses cubbies to store saw blades, enclosure for motor, ZC inserts and other accessories and jigs.

I don’t have plans but happy to share measurements to anyone that asks.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 06:27 PM

I have the same base saw. Really nice work on the conversion. I think you are going to love using that saw for years to come!

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 10:09 PM

Excellent adaption – necessity always seems to be the mother of invention.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Grant Davis

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 01:18 PM

That my friend is a very nice set up. Well done.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 12:40 PM

Nice work. I need to do the same type of thing. I almost have enough room to rip a 4×8 sheet, almost.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 12:59 AM

Nice work bk, I would guess you are all set for a while now.

Have a great day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 12:01 PM

Todd, Nope; busy past week building a clamp cart so I can reclaim my assembly table to work on my Ultimate Router Table project. However before that I have to finish building a Goat Palace (32’ x 10’ barn) for my wife. She decided it would be nice to have goats as workers eating down the blackberries on our property (really more pets than low cost vegetation removers).

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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