|Project by Thomas Porter||posted 01-15-2009 07:09 AM||17942 views||19 times favorited||6 comments|
I bought a Marlin Carving Machine for duplicating mandolin tops in the future. I had built a table for it from the plans that come with the user manual. I didn’t care for it. It’s an odd size so it makes for a lot of waste material and it’s not very sturdy. Also the chips build up when you start carving so there’s plenty to improve on. I wanted a sturdy, lower height table with down draft to remove some of the dust and some of the chips. There will be a huge 8” dust port that runs to the collection area underneath the torsion box. It will angle down from each side to the center where the 8” hole will be.
This is a down draft torsion box top and cabinet to work at a sitting height. It’s got hold down t-slots in three places to help with putting the fixtures down. The cabinet also houses my vacuum pump and tank for future vacuum hold down fixtures. I have yet to try the carver out since I installed it on the table. It’s too heavy for me to lift alone and I haven’t suckered anyone into helping me yet, but I’ll post pictures when it’s all done and hooked up to vacuum. I also need to finish rounding off the edges of the aluminum t-track and give those plugs a finish sand. Just wanted to get some before pictures up there to show what I’ve been busy working on.
-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com