|Project by SWM||posted 03-20-2012 06:01 AM||8720 views||14 times favorited||12 comments|
Ok, so this has turned out to be a bit of a hodge podge project. I hope I don’t lose anyone trying to lay this one out.
The beginning: I built the table saw workbench/extension a year or two ago. It was great, but it was just too wide in my narrow shop. After much soul searching I caved in and began entertaining ideas to tweak the setup. You can view the original post here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/43848 I can honestly say that there is not a day in the shop that I do not appreciate the usefullness of the workbench and it’s many majestic clamping powers…..This project was a hold over until my skills, time, and $$ can align to build my first traditional work bench.
There was actually two of the pine outfeed tables pictures. These where situated squared behind the saw for a nice outfeed worksurface. No complains with that setup except I could barely walk around the saw with almost nothing on either side. In the mean time I hatched a plan to completely overhaul the whole setup including Dust Collection and electrical…..
The middle: 14 months of drawing diagrams in Excel and rolling the 84” wide saw around my 12 foot wide shop…
The end: Finally, a vision! The extension table would make a perfect outfeed table! This would allow me to maximize floor space within the shop and work on all 3 sides of the workbench. Alas, a new extension table was built. Double layered 3/4” MDF with 1” solid red oak trim and black laminate top. I hope to one day customize a few drawers underneath the right side extension table and workbench, but at this point I’m all for getting back to making a few projects.
Dust Collection: I’ll post a full project on the dust collection adventures, but It’s notable to point out the dust collection the table saw works great. On the topside, I installed the shark guard from leeway workshop. A 5” DC line straight to the top and 5” line coming out the back work to perfection, especially after I spent a few minutes insulating and sealing up the table saw cabinet.
Hard to believe this was but an excel drawing this time last year.
I ripped down a few sheets of plywood last weekend and I must say that it almost brought a tear to my eye when I crosscut a full 4×8’ sheet.
-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!