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Project by gbear posted 1780 days ago 20339 views 94 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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newTim

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#1 posted 1780 days ago

Another neighbor (Sacramento Area) woodworker. I really like all your work. Especially the Steamer Trunk.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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marksalot2005

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#2 posted 1780 days ago

Very Beautiful job, I have been thinking of the same project for my table saw. Mine has a 50” Delta II fence. It takes alot of space up in my garage. So when I build mine, I am going to add a router table and downdraft table. Also considering adding a bolt on horizontal router table. Your looks great. Making me want to hurry up finish my tablesaw sled and get started on this type of project. Well Done Winning 5 Star Atta Boys ! ! ! !

-- Mark, Katy, Texas, Did they give Noah a hardtime about the wood boat in his driveway

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sikrap

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#3 posted 1780 days ago

Nice, very nice.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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BassBully

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#4 posted 1780 days ago

Thanks for the post. I’m in the process of building the same cabinet except with a router table end.

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 1780 days ago

Great looking cabinet!

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ellen35

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#6 posted 1780 days ago

very impressive project
the cabinet is really nice
Ellen

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gbear

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#7 posted 1780 days ago

Bass Bully…I left out the router table on the right side as my craftsmans cast iron table has a router area on the left side already. I use it occasionally for my 1/4” craftsman router that I’ve have for years but I also have a dedicated router table. Good luck with yours.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Popeye Jr.

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#8 posted 1780 days ago

VERY NICE INDEED, GREAT WORK
CHEERS

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brianinpa

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#9 posted 1780 days ago

That looks great! Mobility and lots of storage: what is not to like about that.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1780 days ago

The only part I don’t like about your project is that you only posted two pictures of it ! LOL great job !

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BTKS

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#11 posted 1780 days ago

Wonderful use of space and existing tools.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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blackcherry

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#12 posted 1780 days ago

To go to such length to achieve a better work space, speaks volumes about your commitment to your craft. This turn out fabulous, stay safe and enjoy…Blkcherry

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EEngineer

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#13 posted 1779 days ago

This is really nice! I’m gonna steal a few ideas from this.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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Greg Wurst

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#14 posted 1779 days ago

Nicely done. I don’t know what I did before I built mine.

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VinnieP

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#15 posted 1779 days ago

I’m in the same boat. The new unisaw is an amazing tool, but the wife would probably make me get a second and third job to pay for it. I have been looking at some pictures of work stations to model mine after and by far yours is the best. Great work!

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