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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 05-16-2018 04:16 PM 1927 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was a kid I used to help my Father work in the shop, with a Delta 34-410 contractors saw. Once I got my own place I bought one myself, same model few years younger. Last year my Father gave me his old saw. In looking into how to have both in the same shop I decided why not bolt them together and make a cabinet for underneath and have both saws and extra cabinet space all in one. The saw to the far right is set up for dado / fingerjoint work and is zeroed to the fence so the fence is square to both saws, a task that took some time.

Both saws have dust collection drawers underneath the saws as well as drawers under the motor to further dust collection. The build is modular in nature. The main cabinet has two levels to account for the drop of the saw motors and loses about 4 inches in doing so. The cabinet that surrounds the motors has 12 screws holding it in place to the cabinet and the saws. Underneath the router table two small cabinets on each side provide router bit storage and the switch for the router. Both are attached by 6 screws each to the cabinet. The extension tops are held in place by guide cleats underneath and 4 recessed allen bolts for each side. This was needed to be able to do angle cuts as the motors come high enough to push the tops out of place. A normal condition for a contractors saw.

In deciding on what to store in the drawers underneath I went with a tools only theme. Started with a list of all power tools I had and went to work finding the best places for them. Taking the approach I use at work with my toolbox I used every available inch of space and kept it organized by have inserts made to hold the tools in place. In all I emptied 21 drawers in various places in the shop and put all of that into the 14 drawers on the bottom cabinet.

Mobile base is made from 3/16 angle steel 1 ½ inch square. Welded and cross braced with wheels and casters rated to 400 lbs each with levelers in the middle and far end rated at 500 lbs each. While I don’t generally move the saw I did want the ability to do so. For those wondering, yes it is heavy but moves reasonably well considering the weight involved.

Unit comes to 44 inches by 68 inches. The old unit with my add ons was 44 inches by 60 inches. As many have pointed out it looks a lot bigger. Mostly this is your eye deceiving you as the bottom cabinet covers what was once empty space under the saw.
OLD SAW SET -UP

With the exception of the router add on table the entire surface is cast iron. Two extra wings one in the middle between the saws and one on the end of the far saw. The router add on is a future project as I have yet to decide on what improvements I want, i.e. lift kits DIY or premade, ungraded router, router plate type.

The colors of the drawers are primary, blue, red and yellow. This was done to aid memory retention since I displaced a great many tools. Also helps when sending someone to get something from the shop. i.e. blue drawer bottom cabinet etc etc. The main cabinet finish is aluminum colored paint as a base with gray milk paint smeared in with a plastic bag then covered with 4 coats of lacquer. Generally I do not finish the inside of cabinets but for future reference as to what that looks like and how much time it takes to do this task I did on this one. That color is aluminum with 3 coats of lacquer.

Sorry no fancy joinery on the drawers, I have a bad habit of changing something and so for shop builds I use exposed screws and simple joinery. For those looking and thinking this is way beyond my ability or that the wood involved would cost a fortune I made this as an example of what can be done with mid grade plywood from a box store. Only upgrade to the plywood was edge banding to exposed surfaces. For this I used prime clear pine and cut strips and glued on as needed. It does add to the time on task but the end result was worth it. My total cost of this project comes to $350, of which $150 is in drawer slides. These are all ball bearing 100 lb drawer slides. Several drawers have two sets, personal preference and a habit to overbuild. Drawer handle are custom cut supports with the pulls being 3/16 steel bars cut to 7 inches for all drawers except the router side. For these smaller drawers I had to get creative. The work and are bolted through to the inside of the drawers.

Thanks for looking, be inspired and make your own.

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





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TheFridge

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 04:30 PM

Nicely done. Working on something similar meself.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 05-16-2018 04:38 PM

Great setup!

Nice to have that much room to work in too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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fivecodys

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#3 posted 05-16-2018 04:41 PM

That is a really cool set up.
I have seen shops with large saws set up “head to head” but i like what you have done.
Thanks for sharing!

Chem

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#4 posted 05-16-2018 05:12 PM

I really like this set up you got …. it has a lot of space and nice organization ….I like the router table built in also …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 05-16-2018 05:13 PM



Nicely done. Working on something similar meself.

- TheFridge

Nice!! And to think I had people telling me this set up would not work and was crazy!

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

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 05-16-2018 05:37 PM

Pfff. Don’t listen to them :)

The one on the right is the original. A sled is pretty much gonna stay on it all the time.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 05-16-2018 06:03 PM

Dang buddy, that setup has to be a all time great and a instant classic. I absolutely love it. It’s obvious you spent a lot of time studying on it to get the flow and everything perfect. GREAT job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 05-16-2018 06:12 PM

WOW squared. That is a work of art, Gunny! Oh to have the room you have!!!!!!!!! I can see a lot of thought went into that design and you got it all incorporated into it very well.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 05-16-2018 06:42 PM

Wow! One of the coolest tablesaw sets- so great colours

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-16-2018 06:52 PM

That looks like a super functional island. Really nice work, great idea.

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#11 posted 05-16-2018 09:04 PM

By your post, I can tell a lot of thought and passion went into this. Well done and great work !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 05-16-2018 09:23 PM

WOW!

One saw for regular cutting… and

another saw for just Dado cutting! LOL

COOL setup… Awesome!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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RPhillips

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#13 posted 05-16-2018 10:47 PM

Now to add a third for dedicated ripping… :P

Awesome work. Makes me want to find another and bolt them up on a mobile base.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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woodbutcherbynight

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#14 posted 05-16-2018 10:48 PM

Thanks for the comments, someone in the forums suggested I needed a breaker box and a trip to the DMV..

LOL

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

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bandit571

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#15 posted 05-17-2018 01:22 AM

Almost needs it’s own area code?

Looks good, takes up almost as much room as my entire shop…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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