|Project by BrianK||posted 11-11-2009 05:06 PM||14207 views||29 times favorited||13 comments|
I have always been the kind of guy who goes a little overboard when doing something. Like any other novice to woodworking I went out and started collecting magazines, books, internet articles, and the like in an attempt to educate myself on project builds and shop set up. Boy I over did it. So when I began equipping my shop with the tools and gadgets that would facilitate my hobby a simple contractor saw stand would simply not do. So I grabbed one of my ShopNotes issues (Vol 15 Issue 89) and proceeded to make a run at building a table saw workcenter. This was my first attempt at building what I would term a “furniture-level” project (larger than box – smaller than a house). It took me a 2 weekends working for 4-5 hours a day.
This project did several things for my shop. 1) Increased the amount of storage space in a key area of the shop. 2) Provided some much needed work surface space as I do not have a stand alone work bench yet. 3) Provided additional support for cutting large stock such as sheet goods. 4) Provides a space to add a router station (which I am working on now).
The only problem I ran into was the fence system that was added to the saw before I bought it (and was a very nice micro-adjusting fence) was not long enough to extend the length of the table (it is the type that has catches for both ends). So I have to buy another one. Well, darn. Live and learn I guess.
I will probably add the router station and a kick plate to this. I also have the option of adding drawers on one end. Don’t know if I will tackle that yet.
In closing this I want to take the opportunity to thank all the LJers who have served in our nation’s military forces for their service to our country on this Veterans Day. From the freedoms me and my family enjoy on a daily basis it is because of your selfless sacrifices and the comrades who sacrificed it all that I say “Thank You!” and God Bless.
-- - Brian