|Project by cncboss||posted 01-14-2014 04:58 PM||10790 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
I’ve built the Ron Paulk workbench quite a while ago and had the Bosch GTS 10 tablesaw which I wanted to mount on it the same as the Dewalt DW745 Ron did. The only way possible to achieve that was to totally re-construct the saw’s case to be able to get two rectangular bars (made from laminated 18mm plywood) underneath it. I chose rectangular bars as the saw is considerably heavier than the Dewalt and was worried that it would sag towards the rear if I used round bar/pipe.
First stripped the saw so I could get a piece of 12mm plywood under the aluminium top which also doubled as a fixed base on which I could attach the box (made from 12mm ply as well) that replaced the standard thin blue plastic cover. This box also had another advantage – sound and vibration dampening. Carefully measured the parameters of the saw’s mechanism and motor and designed around it to get the closest fit possible. I kept the front 1.2mm plate which contained the tilt-angle indicator-markings and lock-down wheels as I didn’t see the use of replacing that. Then routed a slot in the back for the dust-extractor opening on the blade-shroud.
My wife kindly made me a bag I could attach to the bottom of the new ply case with a ratchet type strap (not in the pictures). That, coupled with the decent-fitting slot for the dust-extractor spout ensured that 95% of the dust created while sawing was captured!
I then laminated 2 pieces of 18mm plywood and cut the rectangular bars for the saw-mount from it. Used the same laminated ply to make the slider-slot pieces that was attached inside the bench and dropped the new flat underside of the saw onto the bars. The bars can also be pushed into the bench if need be.
The RP workbench is mounted on inverted A-frame legs which can be adjusted to be totally level. Should I need to move the bench I simply retract the levellers by means of a couple of turns and roll it on the castors to wherever I want it.
All in all the saw is now much quiter than the standard one with the plastic cover and I also experience less vibration. This and the RP workbench is a great combination and I used it extensively. It is now up for sale as I have another idea for this combo in mind I want to build…..