Table Saw Cart

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Project by whope posted 07-28-2015 12:36 PM 1706 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The legs that came with my Craftsman TS had wheels, but they were cheap and next to useless. Since my shop is small, I’ve been wanting to put it on a cart. So when I moved my shop, I took the opportunity to build one. I added features as I was motivated, so the cart slowly developed over about 4 months.

Most of my shop enhancements that I come up with on my own have a base design and the rest, I just figure out as I go and use scraps at hand. So sometimes they aren’t as pretty as most. They meet my needs.

The base frame members are made of 2, 3/4” plywood sandwiched together. The TS itself sits on a dust collection box. There’s a small shelf in front of the saw for blade changing tools. Under that I store dado sets, TS inserts and feather boards. On the left side of the box, I put a LED strip I had laying around as a ‘power applied’ light.

There are two outlets. Each is split so one is on and the other is controlled by a paddle switch. One for the TS and one for the router.

I have a sanding table extension on the right and under that is my blade storage (an earlier project that was designed to be added) and a small shelf for push blocks. The miters sit on top of these two pieces.

I have a router table to the left and I built dust collection around the opening. There is a small shelf between the TS and this box to store the router fence and height adjustment rod.

On the back side are three dust collection ports so I can attach the dust collector based on the task. Under the sanding table is another shelf where I put shoe boxes to store my router bits, forstner bits and other things. Dovetail jig sits on top of that.

There is a short outfeed table that supports cutting pieces up to 4 feet. There is a small dust collection port ‘downwind’ of the router to catch stuff coming off the table.

The cart is solid, easy to move and once the wheels are locked, I forget that it is a cart.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 01:10 PM

Nice work and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 07-28-2015 03:23 PM

Nice, very useful

-- Ken in Niagara Falls

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#3 posted 07-28-2015 03:53 PM

I love mine, they are a great way to make use of a small space. Nice build, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 04:17 AM

I cheated.
I brought a used TS box off of CL. I didn’t think I can build one for less than $15. Not as fancy, it has two simple storage cabinet on either side and with dust collection box in the middle; all on castors. Dust collection was a major improvement for my contractor TS. I was planning on adding a dust collection port to the saw. Now, I am not so sure if that is needed.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 10:59 AM

By hook or by crook.

I don’t think there is such a thing as cheating in this realm as long as the outcome does what you need.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 03:49 PM

Great use of your limited space. I hope to build something like this once I have more room.

Thanks for sharing your design with us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 11:55 PM

Building one of those right now and stealing some of your ideas.

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 12:02 AM

Steal away…

My only change that I thought about would be to put the dust collection for the table saw above the frame instead of below. My first thoughts were to only have one dust port and use blast gates. Couldn’t come up with an acceptable design.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#9 posted 09-17-2015 03:11 PM

This week I found a design flaw. When you tilt the motor, it swings into the support for the outfeed table. So that has been removed until I figure out a new design.

At 45 degrees, the motor almost breaks the plane of the top of the table, so I’m not sure how that is going to work.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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