Table Saw work center - the base

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Project by rweitz posted 03-13-2011 09:22 AM 5933 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is the basis for my table saw now. I put some info on my blogs when this was in the building stages. I still plan on making outfeeds for it and need to clean up the wiring but the base is done and finished so I’m posting that today.

I started this project with the idea coming from the “Table Saw Secrets” mag from Woodsmith, their Table saw workcenter plans and modded it to fit my TS and vac basically reversing the drawers and shelf units to make it all work. Used 3/4 MDF mostly and some scraps of plywood for the last bit of the doors under the router. Stained it all in red and black the sealed the MDF with water based poly brushed on, just one coat to help with the durability a bit.

I used an old bedframe for the metal base so I could have long legs on the locking wheels to let me get my feet under the base and easily access the locks. Added the vac to the base so it would roll around with the TS and have that long vac tube so I can clean the whole shop from that same vac.

I also added that yellow box, the iVac, to the back for automatically turning on the vac when I use either the TS or the router. Also adding a power strip to allow shutting down the power to the tools when changing blades and bits with out completely unplugging everything. Once those wires are tucked in it will be better looking. I plan on hanging my extension cords just below the box on that side panel when it actually is unplugged.

Future addons will be that outfeed and tool holders for the things that I find I need near at hand when I’m using the workcenter.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 10:46 AM

Cool set up!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 11:06 AM

The Mac Daddy of home made table saws!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 04:17 PM

Been planning something like this for my contractors saw. Some good ideas here.

What fence are you using. How do you like it?

Thanks for posting.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 04:41 PM

Nice setup! I have that same book and want to do that for my saw and router, too. Did you build a box around the table saw motor? How does the vacuum work for it?

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 03-13-2011 05:43 PM

Cool rig you have built there. I’m glad to see that you’re giving your dad’s old tablsaw a second life. I bet the people that designed that tablesaw never thought it would end up like that. You’ve made a major improvement to that old saw. I like the bed frame idea. I see that you have more favorite picks than comments, I often wonder about that when I look back on some of my own projects.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 03-13-2011 07:12 PM

Thanks all! I had a good time with this build and learned a lot about drawers and rabbet construction I hope to use in some upcoming projects. Shop tools and storage is a great place to make the mistakes and learn.
rmoore – I got all my dust collection parts from Rockler. They have a black plastic square funnel type that ends with a 4” outlet. You can see one of the pics with the 4” tube to 2 1/2 in. connector under the saw. Maybe I can make this link work:

and I just screwed that to the bottom of the saw base, then cut a hole to match it in the top of the cabinet box it rests on. I put a dense black window seal type foam tape on the bottom of the saw to seal it and bolted that to the cabinet box.

Pizmedd – the fence is the Red-Line from The SawShop and I LOVE it. It took some fiddling with to get it all in place and adjusted but really not that hard and Dave at The SawShop was very helpful with quick replies to my emails and knowledgeable advice. My blog has entry #3 as “The Red-Line” where I installed that, but I really should do a review and install blog entry since it has been such a great product.

Basically I got it installed in a weekend and tweaked it to my saw as I put on the router table for a rock solid fit and reliable accuracy. If there was one thing I would change on the Red-Line it would be the locking knob. I really think that the lever lock on other fences is superior to the twisting motion, but in practice that seems to be more of a subjective opinion, maybe I just have Biesmeyer envy. For the price and the gigantic leap of improvement over the stock “fence”, I’d rate the Red-Line top stars every time.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 10:15 AM

Impressive setup. Is that the fence that came with the saw or did you modify something and make it work. I had a similar saw to this a while back and the fence with it was nothing near as nice as the one you have.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 03-17-2011 05:35 AM


Great idea with the bed frame… I will need to borrow that.

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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