|Project by builtinbkyn||posted 02-27-2017 07:55 PM||3591 views||13 times favorited||17 comments|
There were two pieces of equipment in my shop that I would hesitate to utilize because of the inconvenience they presented. One was my table based router. It was mounted in an Incra top with an Incra plate and Incra fence. All nice. However that was mounted to a B&D Workmate 425. It was originally done so on a job site and it remained on it after moving it into my shop. The orientation of the top – Incra tops are deeper front to back than they are wide, because of the fence system – caused a larger footprint to be occupied in the shop by this configuration or it needed to be placed sideways against the wall making it unusable that way. To use it necessitated dragging it out and away from the wall. Being a Workmate, it doesn’t slide very well. It just became a hassle to do it, so I would usually forego using it. Also, because the Workmate has cross-members, it couldn’t accommodate the Incra Clean Sweep I purchased and well, dust and chip collection was non-existant when using this configuration, making a cleanup added work.
I finally took the time to build a new table using a Jessem Mast-R-Fence II and an Incra Clean Sweep for dust collection. I’m happy with the results and have already used it to complete this project as well as the table for my drill press, the second project.
The cabinet is made of 1/2” birch ply from the box store and trimmed with maple edging. The table top is three laminated layers – 3/4” plywood, 3/4” MDF and topped with 1/4” hardboard. It’s 25”x38” in dimension. The six drawers store bits, jigs and routers. I’m very happy with how this turned out and look forward to using it LOL
The side project, a base cabinet and table for my Craftsman alien, is also made of 1/2” birch ply. I purchased the press last Summer and it has sat on the floor since, with no other place for it in the shop off of the floor. I’ve used it that way, but it wasn’t fun. My knees really appreciate this new location :)
I think I’m done with building shop fixtures for now. Need to move on to some creative projects.
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)