|Project by squaredwobble||posted 10-09-2016 09:40 PM||2048 views||5 times favorited||10 comments|
Soon, we’re going to be building a dedicated workshop in the backyard. So my workshop at the moment is half my garage. That means that I am limited in space. To solve this, I had multiple mobile carts carrying various tools. To use my miter saw, I’d pull the cart out and set up roller stands if I needed them. If I needed my router table, I’d pull it out of storage, set it up on a table, and attach the router. If I needed my table saw, I’d pull it out and extend the small outfeed table I attached to its mobile base. If the piece I was cutting was much larger, I would have to set up roller stands. I got tired of all the set up I had to do to make a simple cut. I searched around for a solution to have my router table set up all the time, have my miter saw set up all the time, and have my table saw set up with an outfeed table all the time, while keeping in the constraints of my half-garage workshop. I found several designs online that were pretty good, including flip top stands, but they all could not satisfy my requirements. Then I saw Ron Paulk’s work bench and how he had the his table saw at the end of the workbench as opposed to one of it’s sides. I figured I’d combine all the ideas I found and make a simple and sturdy base that would hold my router table, have my miter saw sit between the table saw and the router…on a flip top table, and have everything co-planer-ish so I can use the tops as an outfeed table for my table saw.
So now, I always have an outfeed table for my table saw with a flip of the miter saw top. Everything from the router table, table saw, and the flat side of the miter table is co-planer. The miter saw bed is actually about 1/32 above everything to help with any slight bowing of the table. The router table will be switched out sometime soon. I plan I building a motorized/manual router lift table. The Skil router table that I have now is great, but I like to make stuff so I’m going to build the router lift. I even added handles to it to make moving it around a little easier. I plan to poly the top of the flat side of the flip top with some old poly I need to get rid of.
The bad thing though is about a week or two after I finished the tool cart, I found a Craftsman 2211040 on Craigslist for cheap. So I have that saw and my tool cart in the garage and again, no space.
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