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This was a plan from woodsmith I fell in love with it the second I seen it. I did’nt have to change very much at all because it was everything I needed and it’s portable too! Just get some saw horses and away you go! How cool is that!
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#1 posted 1404 days ago
Nice how it folds down! And it’s portable too!!!! Excellent!
-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."
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#2 posted 1404 days ago
Very cool indeed! Gone to the favorite folder with this one for sure!
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#3 posted 1404 days ago
Very nice – I was looking to build this as one of my first real shop projects but the parts and wood make it a bit too pricey for me to be able to complete right now. I might buy the wood and slowly buy the parts over time to spread the cost.
Might I ask where you purchased your hardware? I was looking at a mix of Rockler and Amazon. Thanks
#4 posted 1404 days ago
The t-tracks, t-bolts and knobs came from lee valley. The toggle clamps I had to order from De-Sta-Co at a local industrial parts distributor near me in Oshawa called S.B. Simpson. The acrylic was some I found that someone was throwing in the garbage. The adhesive tape came from Busy Bee. The lumber is rough sawn poplar that I picked up from my local lumber yard. I dressed it myself. The rest is 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch birch ply. The rest came from the hardware store. I wish I knew how to get you the PDF plans through the Lumber Jocks site but I’m too new to the site to understand how everything works yet. Just go to the woodsmith website and look up the episode preview it’s episode 311 under season 3. Hope this helps. I see you are in the United States. That’s your advantage you’ll get things probably a lot cheaper than I can here in Canada. I probably paid about $200.00 for the project minus the wood. Hope this helps! Thanks for the compliment!Mark
#5 posted 1404 days ago
Thanks for taking the time to list all that information. I was able to find the plans on their site after I viewed the TV show and I was struck, as you were, with wanting to build this. I’m going to try and find a cheaper source for the aluminum track and T track. If I ever start this project (it would be my first “real” one), I’ll be sure to post the results as you did for others. Thanks again!
Lee A. Jesberger
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#6 posted 1404 days ago
Excellent job on this very handy project.
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#7 posted 1404 days ago
Great job buddy
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#8 posted 1404 days ago
This is from ShopNotes #58 7/01 and you have done a fine job.
I had been considering routing track into my existing bench and adapting it, using these plans, for when I needed to use the miter saw and make the bench a “station.” Sure beats the heck out of counter sinking a big hole in my bench so the saw can sit flush with the rest of the bench.
But I was curious. How often do you anticipate having to move the saw on the tracks? Or, for that matter, the supports? I was thinking I could get by with some fixed holes for the supports and saw instead of using tracks. It makes sense for the fence to have a track for the stop, but my lack of experience has me stumped as to why it would be advantageous to have the saw and supports on a track. I have a 10’ bench with 20’ of space to the left end of the bench. Why would I need to move the saw?
#9 posted 1404 days ago
For really long pieces. you could make a six foot extended fence like suggested in the plans or slide the saw to one end or the other and link the two fences together and there’s your extended fence
#10 posted 1404 days ago
Ok, I see. If I were crown molding a ball room I might run into this problem. I will start with a stationary system on my work bench. I will build the plan’s base if I need to take the system outdoors for really long material should I have the need. I will try and make use of the bench dog holes and use dowels to keep the supports in place. If this is too wobbly then I will modify the pegs or use something that clamps into the holes. I may even run track just inside the top front and top back of the bench like a Kreg assembly table does. Seems pretty versatile for gluing up projects and clamping.
Thanks for sharing.
#11 posted 1404 days ago
No problem glad I could help
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#12 posted 1402 days ago
Just great, I have the plans from Shopnotes. So far I am a tinkerer in woodworking so maybe someday I will feel confident enough to make this. Thanks for sharing.
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#13 posted 1401 days ago
Welcome to Lumberjocks! (Another Canadian!)
Great job! I know with mine dust collection is an issue, have you dealt with that in any way not shown?I really like the DeStaCo clamps as well, but they are harder to find here too.
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#14 posted 1400 days ago
So far I just attach my shop vac to the vac port at the back of the saw. Not sure what else I can do because I have’nt really put too much thought into it. I still have too much in the shop to build to worry about it yet. I’ll take any ideas you’ve got though. Checked out your shop looks great!
#15 posted 1199 days ago
I’m glad to have provided you with some inspiration Deke. I guess the main advantage to the design is that it’s collapsible, portable, and modifiable. Although the main credit I feel should go out to the boys and girls at august home publishing who originally created it. Thanks all the same!
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