|Project by Schwieb||posted 09-01-2011 04:35 PM||5253 views||25 times favorited||17 comments|
Hi LJ buddies. I especially hope that Div sees this and will welcome all comments.
After over 25 years of having my Unisaw, I upgraded it awhile back and bought a Biesemeyer fence system. I never had a shop big enough to accomodate the space it requires. This is a real nice addition to the shop. For me, the table saw is the heart of the shop and I decided to build a set of cabinets that would make the space it takes up useful. I had no plans for this, but I thought about it a lot and had seen a few posted on LJs that gave me some ideas. I considered all sorts of concepts to incorporate into it but decided to keep it simple. This is what I came up with after playing around with several designs. The right side cabinet is fixed, with leveling adjustments on the bottom. It stores the inserts, miter gauge, blades, other saws and the various fixtures and jigs that I made for the saw.
I very carefully designed the extension cabinet so it was mobile, but designed a pair of fixtures that would provide a detent to keep the cabinet lined up with the saw top and stable. I simply affixed a wooden block with short dowels to the angle iron on each end of the fence and prepared corresponding holes in the cabinet top.
I wanted a fold away extension for the top and designed it to fold back on itself. Trust me this took some careful planning. I came up with some removeable blocks that slip over the folding brace to keep it from collapsing. The top is 1 1/4” glued up MFD with a solid wood edge covered with plastic laminate. It’s very solid and flat. I designed it with a 3” overhang all the way around so I could use it for assembly when I needed to.
This was a very enjoyable project and has already been a wonderful addition to the shop. I like my fixtures to reflect the craftsmanship of the other finish work that comes out of it. I realize that raised panels and flush doors and drawers are not very utilitarian but they sure are pretty to look at. By the way I built my own motor cover and I do have the saw cabinet hooked up to the dust collection system. I used birch plywood and the solid wood is cherry.
Thanks for looking and your comments.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.