|Project by ShannonRogers||posted 02-28-2008 03:06 AM||4476 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
My theme as of late has been shop upgrades and I finally decided to tame my contractor saw when it comes to dust. I figured if I was going to close in the bottom, I might as well gain some storage as well. I have some MDF laying around that I wanted to get out of the way… and voila. I am really happy with setup and I had a surprisingly fun time fitting the drawers on the side to a perfect snug fit. Block planing MDF is interesting! The saw sits on a rabbeted hole with a store bought 10” dust port seated in it. The hose runs down through the central cabinet and is ancored to the cabinet with a piece of sheet metal bent around it in a U shape and screwed to the top. This keeps the hose out of the way and frees up more cabinet space for my dado set, tenoning jig, etc. The bottom drawer has all my cleaning supplies and manuals and room to grow. Side drawers are set up with all the day to day stuff, like table inserts, measuring bars, angle gauge, etc. I built the onboard storage for my miter gauges (rare earth mags) and the anti kickback fence as an afterthought. Finally, I closed in the back with a few pieces of plywood and some industrial velcro picked up at the HD. I do have to remove it for bevel cuts, but I figure that will allow me to crack it open once in a while and clean out any residual dust on the inside. I bought some cast iron extension wings to replace the stamped steel ones that came with the saw and I haven’t put those on yet. (See my forum cry for help)
Best of all… this setup sucks the dust like a dream! Maybe next I will do the same thing for my bandsaw and ditch the open stand it sits on!
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