|Project by CueballRosendaul||posted 08-08-2012 01:58 PM||7797 views||23 times favorited||11 comments|
If you’re like me, your table saw sees more action as an assembly and work table than it does actually slicing fiber and making dust. If your shop doubles as the family garage you may also have the problem of swings in temperature and humidity wreaking havoc on the pristine cast iron top. I keep the top cleaned and waxed but needed more protection so I built this 1/2” plywood cover with some oak rails on the sides to protect the cast iron top. I lined the bottom with ZeRust which is made to line drawers of your toolbox. It has a compound that off gasses for 5 years that coats things with a rust inhibitor. I applied spray adhesive to the bottom of the cover and stuck it to the bottom side of the cover board. The rubber texture keeps the top from moving around on me and the oak rails on the sides fit nicely over the edges of the work surface. The one mistake i made was not applying polyurethane to the bottom of the plywood before putting on the ZeRust and now it has a slight warp, but the oak side rails keep it to a minimum. I built a small one for my drill press also. The rest of the roll of material is lining toolbox drawers, my forstner bit box, and my hand plane storage.Seems to be working great for now, and i can set things on my saw without worrying about the top.
-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.