Table saw end woodworking bench

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Project by kayakguy posted 11-03-2010 03:34 AM 8419 views 47 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whohoo, I got around to building my dream workbench!

I knew because of limited garage space, that I would have to place it at the end of my table saw, replacing the old extension table.

After looking at many similar projects on Lumberjocks (thanks for the great ideas everyone), I finally ended up with this design.

I really like how it ended up. The vertical drawer for saw blades, the slot above it to place the rip fence when I’m not using it, and the end vice turned, all turned out perfect for my needs. I still need to put some finish on the drawer fronts, and put on some finish trim in places. But it is already getting lots of use.

-- Andy -- No animals were harmed in the posting of this entry, although the terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you.

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 03:39 AM

Wow! Now THAT’S an extension table! SawStop or not, that couldn’t have been an easy alignment to make. How on earth did you get it to line up properly? I may have to borrow some of your ideas for an undertable cabinet of my own. Super idea!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 03:50 AM

Very nice, great design. The sliding panels on the sides…. they cover wheels? The top and end vise are fantastic. Great use of space. (We make similar projects).

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 03:56 AM

now that is organization….great way to keep your tools safe as well! awesome build!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 03:58 AM

That took me some thought. It finally hit me that I had the table rip fence rails to work with. So I – Clamped some 2×4s to the underside of the rails
- Added some support between the 2×4s and the ground.
- Placed the bench top of the 2×4s
- Inserted shims between the 2×4s and the bench top until everything was flat and level.
- Ran bolts through the fence rails into the bench top.
- Slid the cabinet into place, bolted it, before removing the temp supports.

The bottom of the cabinet has adjustments that allow me to re-level if I need to, though so far, it’s help up fine.

Surprisingly enough, as heavy as it is, I can lift the bench at the vice end just enough to move the whole thing around by the wheels on the table saw, in the rare case that I need to move it a bit.

-- Andy -- No animals were harmed in the posting of this entry, although the terrier next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you.

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 04:24 AM

Great idea for a bench! Well organized and solidly built; I’m impressed at how you got it to line up perfectly with the TS surface.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 04:34 AM

Very nice bench and definitely a way to keep things compact

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 04:51 AM

Nice build. Even though this is a small workshop solution, I’m wishing I had the space to replicate your project. I don’t have a decent bench yet and this would be ideal, just don’t have room to the right of the saw and have a router on the left. Green with envy again. Thanks for posting.

-- Gary

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 05:46 AM

This is a sharp looking set up,great use of space and certainly well engineered ! I have already established a bench and assembly table but have not utilized the under side of My TS extension and Your project has got the wheels turning. Might have to borrow from Your well thought out upgrade. Thanks for the post and once again nice work !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 05:49 AM

Wow fantastic table saw cabinet.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 05:54 AM

Well thought out. You obviously took your time, in planning this one !

Gets “check marks in all the boxes,” for design and execution.

Really great job !!!!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 11-03-2010 06:08 AM

Great use of space, very clever. It’s a great looking bench.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#12 posted 11-03-2010 02:12 PM

Looks great! I have been thinking about doing a similar thing but was afraid the wood expansion would do bad things. Nice build!

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 02:22 PM

Really nice use of space.
I love the hole concept, and you have done a amazing job in the making.
Congratulation on this new work place.
Best thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 02:36 PM

Really nice saw cabinet. It looks very organized. Keep up the good work.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#15 posted 11-03-2010 04:37 PM

Very Nice Bench !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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