|Project by gbear||posted 06-08-2009 06:36 PM||39730 views||112 times favorited||35 comments|
After drooling for some time over the new Delta Unisaw, I decided this was more practical for me. My Craftsman saw worked fine but it was difficult to cut large panels. Also, the original fence was not very accurate and required frequent adjustment. Thus, I built this work station using plans from vol. 15, Issue 89 of ShopNotes. I modified the plans to fit my saw and needs. I added a Vega Pro 40 fence system which I am extremely happy with.
The majority of the system is constructed of 3/4” MDF and is a series of boxes connected together. For the top I laminated a bottom layer of 1/2” baltic birch, then 3/4” MDF and the top is 1/4” MDF with a melamine top. I surrounded the top with curly maple for both looks and strength. I finished it with 5 coats of Minwax Wipeon Poly and then wax.
The resulting product gives me plenty of room for storage (there are 3 storage areas below the saw and 4 drawers at one end), a large work surface for panel cutting, a very accurate fence and a dust collection system which helps to keeps the shop and my lungs cleaner.
While the saw was off I took the opportunity to reset the trunion and I just put on a new Forrest Woodworker II blade. Now this saw is a dream to work with.
-- gbear, Carmichael, CA