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Project by BusterB posted 03-01-2013 10:59 PM 2573 views 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have an old Craftsman 3.0 Tablesaw. For a lower end saw, I like it well enough (especially since I added the Diablo blade in January). It has the expanding table wings and a outfeed extension on the back…what I didnt like was that metal stand that came with it. It was a pain to move and level and tended to get a bit unstable when ripping longer pieces of lumber or plywood. Buddy of mine gave me some 3/4 plywood to build him a storage cabinet out of and told me to use what was left over. So far I have built a flip-top cart and this project. Started as a 24” cube with a 11” square hole in the top for sawdust as required by the owners manual. From there I added a drawer to catch the aforementioned sawdust and a door which turned the base into a fairly sizeable storage area. I wanted it as stable as possible so instead of mounting the locking casters to the bottom of the cabinet, I borrowed an idea I had seen on here for making side mounted outriggers (credit goes to fellow lumberjock Tyvekboy) so now the cabinet is only 3/4” off the floor. A box on the front is for safety glasses and push sticks(...which I never can find when I need one) and a set of brackets I made on the side for the fence when using the miter sled. Plan on giving her a go this weekend and will see if I need add weight in the cabinet. Total cost: less than 50 dollars including the boat load of screws and glue I used to put together..lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Gowvu

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 11:07 PM

Great job Buster….from all the things you have made….wow, if those kids ever move back home after college ,to make room for them, you are going to have a heck of a yard sale..LOL

-- William, Florida via WV. & KY.

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BusterB

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#2 posted 03-01-2013 11:09 PM

Thanks William…cant let that happen because I am planning on renting out their rooms to fund my woodworking habit….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 11:42 PM

Well, I see you made good use of the remaining plywood. This is a very nice build and It ought to serve you well.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 11:47 PM

Thanks luv2learn…. I maybe have enough left for a very, very, very small birdhouse….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 12:10 AM

nice cart buster.
you’ve turned out a bunch of projects lately.you should be caught up now so when you coming to help me make m shop as nice as yours?

have you used that lathe yet?????

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 12:47 AM

Another fine project, Buster! I really like the color, what did you treat the wood with? Also, it’s nice to have the extra storage room under it. Keep up the great work.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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BusterB

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 01:34 AM

Whenever you need me to Marty…of course the way gas is going up, may have to walk…probably take me a bit to get there. And you know answer to that question about the lathe….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 01:37 AM

Thanks a bunch Jeff, its just plain ole minwax polyshades…antique walnut. Was danged cold when I stained it so didnt get a even coat, had to go back the next day and apply a 2nd coat to even out the finish.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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woodcox

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 03:01 AM

Looks good, I was given that same saw last fall and have yet to use it. X2 on the PITA to move around. When warmer weather comes I’ll have to start playing with it. I was thinking of a mobile base system but your setup is a much better solution. I like your sled too. Thanks for the good ideas.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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BusterB

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 03:11 AM

What is the deal woodcox, I was using a Tradesman TS from Lowes when a guy I know thought I needed an upgrade and give me this one…lol These may make the guiness book for the most “given away” tablesaw!!! The primary issues with it….(besides the crappy metal stand) are those silly tabs in the miter slots and that brittle plastic case…Best of luck with yours sir and stay safe

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Michael Wilson

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 03:31 AM

I really like this idea. I’m generally happy with my little “portable” tablesaw. But it’s sitting on this awful collapsible tube steel stand that’s just not stable enough for my ham fisted day to day use.

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woodcox

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 04:38 AM

Insult to injury. It came from my MOTHER!!! It has only been used a handful of times though. On the plus side she also gave me her craftsman professional router table and router with a bunch of bits, also used very little. Im sure they all will suit my needs for quite awhile.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Todd Barrone

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#13 posted 03-02-2013 07:55 AM

That’s really cool, I like that. Good job man

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 03-02-2013 10:35 AM

Buster that came out well
Good design and I’m sure a lot easier to move around
The low gravity castors are a sensible choice
jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BusterB

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#15 posted 03-02-2013 02:25 PM

Hey madwilliam, if you build one post it so I can see what I forgot to add and/or did wrong…lol
Stay safe bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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