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Project by BburgBoy posted 07-27-2017 03:21 AM 2494 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I want to thank all of you who take the time to post your projects and explain your work processes. I’ve been a lurker since joining this site about six months ago; you all have taught me a lot. You may not know it, but you have helped me immeasurably…as have hundreds of You Tube videos.

I am recently retired and have been devoting my time reacquainting myself with woodworking. Having not made much over the last 30 years other than some oak shelving units in 1990, I decided to start with an essential item to any garage shop – a portable table saw and router bench. It served as my re-education to all things woodworking. Frankly, I’ve learned more designing and building this project as have over the last 40 years of on again off again shop projects.

I want to thank all of you who take the time to post your projects and explain your work processes. I’ve been a lurker since joining this site about six months ago; you all have taught me a lot. You may not know it, but you have helped me immeasurably…as have hundreds of You Tube videos.

I am recently retired and have been devoting my time reacquainting myself with woodworking. Having not made much over the last 30 years other than some oak shelving units in 1990, I decided to start with an essential item to any garage shop – a portable table saw and router bench. It served as my re-education to all things woodworking. Frankly, I’ve learned more designing and building this project as have over the last 40 years of on again off again shop projects.

If one learns from mistakes, I am very well educated. I can’t begin to recount the things I wish I could do over. There are some rube goldberg aspects, but it’s functional. Yet, for a part time garage hobbyist, this combo table saw, router, and storage unit is serving me well.

Okay, I did take the time necessary to design something unique to my needs. I learned to build drawers, install glides, and use a router table for the first time. Heck, I’d never used a router, let alone understood a router table. I am having a blast now. The router top is the only part I didn’t build; it’s a pre-made table saw extension unit by MLCS.

I need the garage for cars, so all of my tools are on wheels. I hope that others can benefit from my humble project as I have from yours. My next project will be a workbench…on wheels, of course.

-- Larry, SW Virginia





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 07-27-2017 03:47 AM

Nice work, a good addition to your shop. Well done.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 07-27-2017 06:57 AM

Great project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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HokieKen

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 01:00 PM

Very nice build Larry. I’m just down the road from you in Roanoke. Glad to have another VA fella on!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Pete_LJ

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 01:41 PM

Nice work. I am in process of designing a similar rig for my table saw. Very helpful.

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Notw

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#5 posted 07-27-2017 02:47 PM

Looks awesome and with all the storage you added you should have everything you need for both the router and the table saw right there where you need it.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 07-27-2017 03:28 PM

This is a great combination table saw and router table bench. It’s a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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dmo0430

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#7 posted 07-27-2017 06:04 PM

Nice job I just had to take mine apart because we’re moving. Maybe someday I can build one as nice as yours

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Ron Stewart

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#8 posted 07-27-2017 07:00 PM

Good job. That looks very useful, and the integrated dust collection is a nice feature.

-- Ron Stewart

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Mike_in_STL

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#9 posted 07-27-2017 07:03 PM

I want a full review on that table saw. It’s at the top of my list and I have designs on acquisition after the first of the year. That, is a sexy setup!

-- Mike in STL

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bobasaurus

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#10 posted 07-27-2017 11:33 PM

That looks really useful and well-built. Much better than my setup.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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BburgBoy

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#11 posted 07-28-2017 01:23 AM

Some of you asked for more information and I’m happy to do so; I learned a lot from others on this site.

I labored over the correct platform design and settled on 3/4” exterior grade (it’s cheaper than cabinet grade) for the base. The frame came from some 3/4 inch 30 yr old oak planks lying around from an old project. It’s reinforced with standard 2×4s. This is also a compromise; the base raises the saw an additional 4 inches. I’m six feet tall, but I think I’d prefer it an inch or two lower.

You can see the first of my many mistakes. I needed a stronger structure; once the table saw was aboard, the frame flexed and touched the ground on my first iteration. I added cross members (not shown in this photo) and that helped but it still flexed too much. I ultimately ended up using center casters.

Speaking of casters, I made another mistake in not allowing enough room to fit decent locking wheels. I purchased some nice units from Woodcraft only to discover that they wouldn’t rotate 360d. Dumb. I had to settle for the type that only locks the wheel, not the shaft. I use door stops to keep it from moving. I’m now trying find some mounts that will just lift and lock the entire platform.

Here’s an intermediate build photo. I squeezed as much storage as I could. I’m sure you can see hints of the Norm Abram router table design. However, I didn’t trust my skills just yet, so the entire project, with exception of the drawers, is assembled with pocket screws. And that required a detailed build sheet sequencing installation of each piece.

Here’s a hint given me by a local colleague. In order to ensure all the horizontal surfaces are flush (the saw table, router table, and the insert), I installed T-nuts and small set screws (screws not shown). I then fine adjusted. See the following photo.

I had to sort through the electrical design a bit. The table saw uses a DGC I-Socket to automatically turn the vacuum on/off. The router uses a Kreg switch, which also activates the vacuum, although it doesn’t have a delay like the DGC, which stays on for 10 seconds after the saw power is removed. Notice that I had to fabricate a mount for the switch and mount it upside down since it’s designed for a metal Kreg table.

The router box works greats. I ripped the design from a John Sillaots video, which I think was commissioned by Kreg. Sawdust is funneled to the hole in the bottom and it rarely has residue.

Here’s another learning experience. The 1/2” plywood for drawers came from a different Big Box retailer (the Orange One) than the 3/4” ply, which came from the Blue One. Big difference in quality – the former is 5 ply, while the latter is 10 ply. So, I now I buy my wood only from Lowes. Since I was learning as I went along, the first batch of drawers in the router section were butt joints, and the second batch were rabbet joints. BTW – those nice nickel handles were left over from my kitchen redesign.

For those of you looking to build something similar, I hope this helps.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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Andybb

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#12 posted 07-28-2017 01:49 AM

Very nice all-in-one! Especially the drawers. I built something similar a few years back and ended up not using it and turned it into a work/assembly table after a month. Weird, but but my body just couldn’t get used to the additional 3” in height for the saw, which really pissed me off since I spent 2 months building it. Had to switch to a commercial roller base that the saw sits down inside of.

-- Andybb

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Desert_Woodworker

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#13 posted 07-28-2017 03:14 AM

Very nice! It is a project like this that keeps us in touch, with all the various, different “types” of woodworkers, here on Lumber Jocks. The foundation in a workshop, is the tablesaw and router. Also, nice selection for going with Laguna.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 07-28-2017 09:43 PM

Larry, congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award for a great journey since finding Lumberjocks.
I am sure you will find many friends here and learn much about woodworking as I have done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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EricLew

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#15 posted 07-29-2017 01:26 AM

Great work Larry, and welcome back… to woodworking :)

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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