First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw

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Blog series by psient updated 03-14-2013 04:24 PM 29 parts 84860 reads 33 comments total

Part 1: The Ultimate Work Table

01-27-2012 06:04 PM by psient | 3 comments »

I have decided for my first project, I’ll do Allan Little’s work table. I will make some changes and some additions but basically it’ll be the same thing. Better start a photo log too. I’ll go into my little shop and take some pix of what it looks like now.

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Part 2: Scaring up some material at the local supply house.

02-01-2012 07:23 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I just was notified that my table saw was shipped. I also took delivery of my rotary phase converter. I won’t be able to start the project until I have my table saw set up. Today I’ll go to my local hardwood supplier and make the decision about what species to use for the WT’s construction. I hope I can find some 16/4 hardwood and a piece of plywood along with a remnant sheet of laminate for the table top. I need some 2 X 12 stretchers. Allen uses doug fir on his. I ho...

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Part 3: Powermatic Delivered today

02-10-2012 10:01 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I took delivery of the Powermatic. The fence rails seem to be the heaviest box in the group. I need to set-up my rotary phase converter this coming week. I’ll to get the necessary hardware tomorrow. The PM will need it’s own circuit according to the manual. I’ll have to call the RPC people and find if I can install the breaker inside the dedicated 3phase mounting. As the RPC is 20 HP I’ll not have any problem with the 7.5 hp saw motor. I’ll need to make the sa...

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Part 4: Caster and pre assembly note

03-05-2012 12:41 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I am ready to finish the mobile base for the new table saw. I have the saw platform completed as well as the caster mounting plates. Initially I was going to install casters relying on a large thumbwheel for leveling. After consideration I changed to a design that uses a built-in ratchet to raise and lower the leveling foot. Final assembly relies upon getting my new welder up and running. I’ll be getting the gas today. After that, it’s a matter of attaching the caste...

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Part 5: Rotary Phase Converter Installed

03-09-2012 08:44 PM by psient | 7 comments »

The 3 phase panel and rotary phase converter are now installed. It took me 2 weeks to get the panel wired. Note the fuse block for the Table Saw’s circuit. This was a slight hassle as the supplier sent me the wrong block and fuses. They straightened it out and the part arrived today. The hardest part of the whole installation was dealing with the 240v single phase wire feeding the RPC: #4 AWG. I don’t know why you can’t see that part of the panel. You can when ...

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Part 6: Mobile base tested

03-13-2012 12:12 PM by psient | 0 comments »

After gusseting, I put the ratcheting casters on the mobile base for the Table Saw. I stood on the base and it did flex when all my weight was focused mid-span. However, with the weight distributed there will be no problem. I am not happy with the configuration of the casters. I have decided the thumb-screw is a better deal so I’ll use the ratcheting casters for another project. I’ll complete the welds on the base today and take a photo so ya’ll can look at it and give...

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Part 7: Mobile base is painted and finished

03-14-2012 11:25 AM by psient | 2 comments »

The mobile base has been painted and cured. I neglected to post a pix of the base prior to painting as I had no time. Here is the photo. Today after installing the casters, I’ll hoist the saw onto the base for a test fit. If all is well I’ll be on to assembling the saw-proper— extension wings, fence rails, switch wiring, cord and the side extension table. Next might be designing a mobile base for the side extension table. I don’t like the idea of a fixed ext...

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Part 8: Powermatic 3000 set-up on mobile base

03-15-2012 03:37 PM by psient | 6 comments »

This saw is 7.5hp 3-phase with a 14 inch blade capacity. Here’s the final product; base and saw. I now need to assemble the saw and buy a blade for it. Next is to test it on the RPC. After that I can start arranging the shop. Once I have sufficient room for the table I will begin building it. I’ll also make a bandsaw and jointer selection concomitant with the table-build. I’ll buy a grizzly bandsaw I think. As for the jointer, I don’t know yet. I can construct...

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Part 9: Extension Table

03-17-2012 03:06 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I have the saw assembled. I will go to Home Depot or Lowes and pick up a saw blade to complete the installation of the riving knife and guard. I’ll also need to pick up a plug and receptacle for the extension cord. After that the saw will be usable. I won’t have dust collection. I can manually vac out what collects with my shop vac until I have something more appropriate. I can then start building Allan’s saw horses for my work table. I am reticent to affix a solid table/...

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Part 10: Powermatic PM 3000 installed

03-21-2012 04:14 PM by psient | 0 comments »

The powermatic is up and running. I finished the cord make-up yesterday. This morning at 8:39 PST I started it. The motor rotated in the wrong direction. I thought this was odd as I labeled consistent with the RPC (black to black, red to red, etc.). No problem I reversed the output black and red at the RPC. After that, everything worked as it should. No real noticeable vibrations of any kind just the noise of the motor and air rushing past the blade. I checked the squareness of the blad...

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Part 11: Saw installation procedure and use critique as of this point

04-04-2012 03:07 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I have now completed the installation of all parts I need to start Allan’s workshop table. In this process I have discovered a couple of things about the PM3000. The guard works very well. There is an anti kick-back pawl and riving knife that are both effective and extremely easy to manipulate. The saw is extremely powerful. I received a lot of criticism on my thread about buying the saw due to its power and size exceeding the group norms established for hobby shop utility. Alt...

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Part 12: Pictures of the shop as it evolves in the direction of woodworking

04-04-2012 03:19 PM by psient | 8 comments »

View from inside of the shop View from outside of the shop

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Part 13: Acquisition and installation mode

04-17-2012 06:36 PM by psient | 0 comments »

Just a note for those who are lookin-in: I haven’t been building the workbench because I am waiting for the delivery of my air compressor. I also purchased the G0634Z planer/jointer from Grizzly. These tools AND the installation of my dust collector are an unanticipated priority. Furthermore, I’m going to have to place a concrete slab adjacent to my garage (20’ X 24’ X 6”) The G0634Z, 3 phase dust collector, and compressor require wiring. In addition the co...

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Part 14: Air Compressor Installed and Plumbed

05-08-2012 03:15 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I have the Bel Aire 318VN installed and plumbed. I have some minor leaks that need attention and will try to tackle those before I put up pictures. The wiring, plumbing, compressor siting, and cosmetics took 3.5 weeks. Each was about the same level of difficulty. The major failing in this installation was the horrible contingent the engineers and manufacturers placed on the end-user. When I was a journeyman carpenter I would get a price from the job foreman for framing, stacking, joisti...

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Part 15: Planer Jointer Installation

05-08-2012 03:30 PM by psient | 0 comments »

Having, for all intents and purposes, finished the compressor build I’ll start on the planer/jointer installation. It’s been in the general area of its siting but I just haven’t quite figured out the final orientation. Right now I have it kinda parallel with the axis of the garage door although set back about 15 feet. After considering this for the weeks it took me to install the compressor I believe I got it wrong. Instead, I’ll orient it at 90 deg from its current pl...

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Part 16: Added to my shop area before moving on

02-02-2013 04:02 PM by psient | 2 comments »

My shop has become a cluttered disaster. I cannot walk from the back to the front without moving something or tripping. My table saw, joiner, cut-off/miter saw, mill, and lathe are all surrounded by stuff to the point where I cannot use them. Enough is enough. I must for my own personal health and sanity pick up where I left off. To whit: Having been challenged by my health, I haven’t been continuing with my blog. I have been stumbling in and out of my shop but not had the energy to ...

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Part 17: Slab Grading: First rough-in

02-05-2013 06:19 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I started grading about 5 months ago, maybe late August. Pictures of the first rough grading. I have stockpiled fill on the bank above the slab-area. Note that the area was already at driveway level. I did not excavate all that much. I took back the slope from the driveway to the native grade; a total of 8 feet or so. The fill you see came from this original making of the slope vertical and the actual rough grading for the slab area. Around the slab will be a french drain and I’ll...

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Part 18: Slab Grading: Second rough-in and forms

02-05-2013 06:35 PM by psient | 1 comment »

This series of photos was taken in January 2013 I think. I cut the footings with the tractor bucket. Completing that I formed the slab after setting the grade to the floor of the adjoining room. This is about 5 inches above the garage floor and the existing driveway. Thus, there will be a step-up from the driveway to the new slab. To facilitate access for my mobile tools I’ll have to form an apron at the corner furthest away from the garage. I have begun the process of placing rebar in ...

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Part 19: Slab Grading: Rebar

02-05-2013 07:08 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I just began placing the rebar in earnest. I set all the anchor dowels tying the new slab with old concrete work 2/4 (yesterday). The rest was done this morning, 2/5. The electrical conduit is primarily to get a 240 volt 60 amp circuit in a position to use my welder anywhere on the slab-area. The slot cut in the stucco is a service re-routed due to the new slab that will be patched when the slab has been completed. I’ll pull my welder circuit from an existing one in the garage. The r...

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Part 20: Shop Slab: reinforcing steel placement

02-06-2013 05:50 PM by psient | 1 comment »

OK I’m now finished placing all the steel. This morning (wed 2/6) I began tying it down. I’m gonna be preoccupied with this task until tomorrow afternoon I’m sure. I’m trying to decide if I should place a drain in this area. I sent an email to the tech folks at NDS (channel drains). I need to find a narrow channel drain that will create slope with a flush-to-slab-grade grating. That is, maintain a 1/8” per foot fall in the channel while the grate at the top of...

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Part 21: progress

02-17-2013 06:37 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I have returned to working on the slab. I tripped and fell due to walking (or attempting to) inbetween the spaces of the rebar. Inevitably no matter how hard I tried to learn, or caution that I used, I mistepped and splattered. One time I caught the toe of my shoe just as I was launching myself over the footing onto the existing driveway and splattered hard face down onto the concrete. Another time my foot caught the line I had set for grade over the rebar and I fell hard onto the rebar itsel...

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Part 22: progress STAGE 1

02-17-2013 06:43 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I set the steel and tied the rebar and dobies. Dobies are small concrete blocks with tie wire embedded within them. These blocks are 3” tall; that is they will suspend the rebar 3” above the sand sub base. This ensures that when the finishers walk on the steel it will not depress into the sub base. You can see some of the drain lines in these pictures. I also formed the approach as well as the transition from the existing walkway to the new slab.

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Part 23: progress in slab lines

02-17-2013 06:51 PM by psient | 0 comments »

This post shows the drain lines. I decided to place these lines due to the slab being level/no slope. At this point I had not formed the approach, seen in the previous stage. I also placed a graywater drain for a washing machine and shop sink. These were located on either side of the window on the wall of my garage room. I’ll receive hot water from an instant water heater. These lines were not in place until the pouring began. As a result, I didn’t have chance to take any pix o...

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Part 24: progress: STAGE 3

02-17-2013 07:14 PM by psient | 1 comment »

On the day the slab was poured the crew arrived at 7am. I had been working on the final placement of the washing machine and water lines starting at 6. The crew arrived while I was still messing with the lines. I did not finish the placement until 8:30. That is to say, I held them back about 1/2 hour. No worries. It took 3 guys and the pumper wrangling the hose. The yardage was 21 and 1/2 yards. That is enough for a 2000 sq. ft. 4” slab. My slab ended up being 8” thick with footin...

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Part 25: progress: STAGE 4

02-17-2013 07:23 PM by psient | 0 comments »

You can see the results of yesterday’s efforts. I had to wet the slab the day after the slab was poured revealing the degree of finish and level. By about next Thursday (2/21) I can begin using the slab. My next post will depict form-stripping and 1/2” grooving the slab with my skilsaw fitted with a diamond blade.

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Part 26: Slab is cured

03-13-2013 01:18 PM by psient | 0 comments »

It’s been near a month since the slab was poured. At 30 days I am ready to seal the concrete. In the mean time I have pulled the electrical for 220 and 120 single phase circuits. My electrical run consists of 3 different wire gauges; 6, 8, and 10. I can distribute varying amperage up to 50 amps. Mostly this is for convenience. The only real demanding tool I will routinely use is my big ESAB welder. Everything else will be 30 amps and below. The 125 amp – 24 circuit sub panel...

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Part 27: Water for the slab

03-13-2013 01:29 PM by psient | 2 comments »

I have now run the water line for the slab. I will hook up to my in-slab line after installing a few hose bibs on the periphery. I dug the trench from the property main with my L4400 Kubota’s 72 inch FEL. although this was a bit of over-kill it worked out fine with one minor distraction. Home Depot has dumped almost all of its PVC fittings with the exception of those a non-mechanical hobbyist might use for their sprinkler system. Let me elaborate. IN the past when I needed a PVC fitt...

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Part 28: Electrical pull

03-14-2013 04:08 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I have pulled the electrical: Initial set up of all the circuit wires. Each circuit has its own ground wire although not listed this is another three wires to the bundle. 60 amp 240 2-#6, 30 amp 240 2-#8, 20 amp 120 2-#10. All are stranded wire THNN. The conduit is 1 1/4” PVC with rigid 90 degree sweeps at both ends. Set up for pulling Pulled

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Part 29: Slab water has been layed

03-14-2013 04:24 PM by psient | 0 comments »

I’ve installed, hooked-up, and backfilled the water to the slab. The images are below. Today I’ll make-up my 125 amp sub panel and energize the slab electrical. located the main Put in the 2” shut-off and anti-siphon valve for the 1” feeder line. Note the compression fitting and slip/slip Tee! Ran the feeder line to the slab. The gray pvc is my driveway gate electrical line. I’ll vault this shut off and move the gate line out of the way. Installed the 1”...

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