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My New Sexy Table Saw and Router Table Mods

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Project by ToddTurner posted 04-24-2010 03:57 AM 4561 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Is it really a project? I think so because the router table lacked what I really need so I added a few things. Read on to find out. Its a PM2000 special edition with the 3hp Baldor motor. Baldor isnt that great, but not the worst either. I prefer them over a no-name brand. The baldor is what makes it the special edition. It has the 50inch rip fence and router lift. The router lift is made by JessEm, which is a nice name to have on your router. Isn’t it a very handsome machine? Can you tell how excited I am?
The router table, I think, is nice to have on the side of the saw. Its right there where I am working. (Sawstop doesn’t have these, do they??) However the router fences were a bit short. I do lots of raised panels and they get quite big. I also use it as a mini jointer. So, the router fences needed extending. They were graced with prime soft maple. The table was also a bit short. Like i said, i do lots of panels. I added a piece of 5/4 walnut 6 inches wide. The 6 inches increases the capacity tremendously. Why use such nice hardwood? Well I hate MDF. A little moisture and its trashed. Plus, hey, its a Powermatic! I miss the miter track on the router table. The last photo shows the table modifications.
The machine arrived dead on time and I have to say the guys at Equipment Sales and Surplus in Washington state are super to deal with. I got a great deal, really. The ONLY shortfall to this machine was some of the fasteners used. I would prefer a case hardened bolt but they included cheap zinc coated machine screws. But, for $3 I used stainless (which looks super cool by the way!). WM corp was going to overnite new fasteners! I have to tell you that if you are considering the SawStop you should look seriously at this machine. SawStop may have the safety and it is great. But nothing is safer than ME. I rely on myself for my safety-PERIOD. No one will hurt me and I will never hurt anyone else. The accuracy of this machine is unbelievable right out of the box. I was proud i could hold .002-.003” tolerance on my old iron Ridgid. This holds .001” ‘nuff said! I’m rambling while waiting on the pictures to upload…...

Todd Turner





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Tony713

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#1 posted 04-24-2010 04:08 AM

It’s a beautiful machine. So jealous!

-- Dreamers are becoming an endangered species.

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donjoe

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#2 posted 04-24-2010 04:13 AM

Oh what a saw. Good for you.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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swoper

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#3 posted 04-24-2010 04:17 AM

My Delta 36-600 dreams of growing up to be as nice as your saw, sweet looking setup

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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deeman

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#4 posted 04-24-2010 04:19 AM

Great looking saw, congratulations. The router table looks like a handy add on.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#5 posted 04-24-2010 04:28 AM

That is one sweet saw. Go big or go home!

-- Marc

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#6 posted 04-24-2010 04:36 AM

Congrats on your new saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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bigike

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#7 posted 04-24-2010 05:20 AM

nice, i was thinking about updateing my saw to one of these but i just got my saw like ayear ago it’s a delta and i love it. The only thing i would change in get another wing that’s it.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 04-24-2010 06:46 AM

Not really a project – but it sure projected some envy. Good for you, hope you enjoy using it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#9 posted 04-24-2010 10:47 AM

Very sexy pic! Ohh I mean great Saw!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 04-24-2010 10:59 AM

Congratulations on your new baby! I have one without the router unit and you will love using it! It is like having a new car. Go ahead and put the first scratch on it because that one is the hardest! Check out my catch table/assembly table/storage unit I built to use with my saw in my projects. It might be of interest to you. Enjoy!!!!

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Joe

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#11 posted 04-24-2010 12:44 PM

It’s always a great feeling when you bring home a new toy. You will get a lifetime of enjoyment out of it.

-- Senior Chief

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#12 posted 04-24-2010 03:41 PM

Hey Todd, you built yourself one great workstation for sawing and routing. You’ll appreciate it more because you made it yourself, too!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BTKS

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#13 posted 04-24-2010 06:50 PM

What a set up!!! I’m ruining my computer with all this drool. Nice machine, now get it dusty. BTKS

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

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#14 posted 04-24-2010 08:02 PM

Perhaps we should make a pinup tablesaw calender for LJ!
She is sexy!

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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hodji

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#15 posted 04-25-2010 03:35 AM

I agree with mafe, the strong curves on that saw “yaw.” I think she should be put on Dec.
congrats!

-- God loves you too :-D

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