|Project by Tugboater78||posted 02-26-2014 03:38 AM||2091 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
I have had this project in the works since september. Due to basic work schedule and LOTS of overtime, I was lucky to get even time to enter my shop till the last week or two. The weather has been awful the last month or 2 as well…
the portable baseboard heater barely warms up enough to handle 30 degrees, much less sub zero. I don’t have any pictures of progress, just finished product.
The design of this is different, I had to figure out how to make it work, and get the table as close to the saw as possible. I have an old craftsman contractor’s saw with the back hanging motor and a back rail for my fence. While at 45 degrees The motor carriage isn’t far below the back rail and protrudes beyond the rail about 10 inches. The fence needs at least a half an inch of clearance on the backside to be able to slide freely.
The table top is 3’ deep (looking toward saw) and 4’ wide 1.75” thick. The size was decided by the area i had to put it in my shop. It is 2 layers of MDF glued together with a removable hardboard top, banded by oak screwed into place. there is a 2” overlap on the 3 working sides from the base and a 4 inch overlap on the side toward the saw. The oak was finished with Watco natural Danish Oil with 1 (soon to be a couple more) coat of spray poly. The top is currently below the level of the miter slots.
The base is best described as 2 heavy duty bookcases, with stretchers between them with some drawers between. It is constructed of SYP 2×12s that carefully selected to have have enough width and not have any pith. it is finished in Watco light walnut Danish Oil.
The “bookcases” are 7” deep, just big enough for my gallon cans and jugs of BLO, Mineral Spirits, glue and more. The bottom shelf is 2×7 the middle shelf is 1×7 i ripped from a 2x. They are dadoed and screwed and glued into the sides/legs. The upper stretcher is halflapped/ notched screwed and glued into the outer edge. the backs are 3/4” AC pine plywood.
The stretchers between the shelves are drawbored mortice and tenon. the upper stretchers are halflapped as well on the inside between the shelf stretchers. I used some MDF as a bottom shelf between shelves screwed down to a couple stretchers from front to back.
The center has one upper drawer, and a lower tray at the moment, both are 22” deep leaving enough clearance for the table saw motor. I need to go back in and put a divider between the drawer area and motor area, some of the dust i cant collect from saw has ended up in the drawer. Once i got it together i had to put in place and make sure it was WaI, so i could move on to other projects.
The upper is just plywood construction pocketholed together 3” deep with a hardboard bottom. I glued/screwed on 1/2”x 1”oak strips as slides.
The bottom is just a tray built same as upper, but mounted on a full extension 100# rated drawer slide where my new planer * has temporarily found a home. Once i get some more shop fixtures created and and find homes for other things the tray will be removed and a full bank of drawers will be installed in this area. I don’t like using the planer in the shop, it makes a hell of a mess, i prefer to take it outside and it is currently in a rather awkward place to get it out the door.
- found a Dewalt 733 still in the box and plastic in girlfriends family members house, had been sitting there for almost 10 years. Bought it for $75… small gloat.
thats all i feel like typing but there it is, hope you like it feel free to ask any questions if you like it enough to emulate.
-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"