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Project by Brian024 posted 12-20-2010 11:11 PM 3790 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a month ago I began evaluating my shop on what I could improve. I thought the biggest difference was to change my cross cutting station, to something that was longer and narrower. After thinking, I’ve been noticing that most of my finished parts are no more that 5 or 6” wide, which is plenty capable for my 10” miter saw. My old table(8’ long) had the radial arm in the middle and the miter saw to the right, and only gave me about 4’ of support on either side, this got difficut when cutting boards more than 10’ long. I also thought that the old table had a to large of a foot print. The new table is 10’ long and 1’ wide, half as wide as the old one. It has considerably made my shop feel less cramped and easier to move around in. Made from 2×6’s and 2×4’s, it was a cheap solution. The spacers inbetween to 2 sheets of plywood were each sized to the right thickness to make the sure the table would be flat, which was a big problem with the old one. The radial arm is currently on a mobile cart.





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scrapwood

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 12:27 AM

Nice upgrades to your shop, i like your router table did you have plans for that or your own desin? and how dose that fence move?

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Brian024

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 02:19 AM

It was my own design, I thought the store bought were to small (length wise) and I couldn’t find any plans I liked. The top used to just be a piece of plywood but I rebuilt it into a mdf torsion box and its dead flat.

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 02:40 AM

great idea
I too have a ras that I hardly ever use
You got me thinking

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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johnzo

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 02:56 AM

Nice functional improvement. Looks great too!
John Z

-- 70 is the new 50!

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Robsshop

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 07:37 AM

That is a fine looking shop upgrade Brian, will make life down in the shop that much more easier and efficient !!

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

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 01:23 PM

Nice job, shop is looking good, my pops still has his radail arm saw.

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

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Brian024

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#7 posted 12-22-2010 05:17 AM

There is one more thing I need to do to this and it is to add some type of a stop block. I was thinking of using a t-track but cannot find one that is 8’ long. Thought I guess I could use 2-4’ sections.

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Robsshop

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#8 posted 12-22-2010 07:15 AM

Hey Brian, I have plans to do an up-grade on my miter saw/radial arm station much like Yours and I was thinking of using a MAGSWITCH block in tandem with a simple length of 1/6”x 2”w metal strip running the full length of the fence or even the bed. Simply in-lay the strip and attach a self stick tape measure down the middle ! Nice thing about the MAGSWITCH is it can be used in other applications through out Your shop ( very useful tool ). Here’s a pic of how I use it on My CC sled as a stop block. Just thought You Might possibly give it some consideration ? Once again nice up-grade and be safe!

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

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Brian024

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 06:29 PM

I hadn’t thought of that, might be the best solution, thanks.

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#10 posted 01-01-2011 06:11 PM

That looks good.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 01-15-2014 04:51 PM

Brian, do you have a housekeeper. Where’s the dust?

-- Jim Howard

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