Table Saw Workstation #1: A Beginning

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Blog entry by scamp238 posted 05-15-2012 01:31 AM 2892 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have decided to build a table saw workstation. I am on a tight budget, so I am doing this with lumber that I have picked up from various places. I haven’t really paid for any of it save the gas I use to pick it up. Some of it was brought to me by coworkers and friends.

I bought a Craftsman contractor table saw several months ago for $75.00. It had one of those metal stands below it with some small casters. It held the saw, but the space below the saw is basically wasted. Since my shop is in my basement and it isn’t very big, I need every inch of storage space I can get.

This past weekend I decided to take the plunge and just do it. If I screw up, I really haven’t lost anything. i am an amateur woodworker at best. I love to make things out of wood.

Let me first tell you about the tools I have acquired. I have the table saw mentioned above it is a 113.xxxxxx. I have recently gotten an old B&D 7740 radial arm saw that works fine. I haven’t really used it yet. I have a cheap Ryobi 10” drill press that I got for free. It isn’t the best, but it does work. I also bought a Craftsman 12” bandsaw/ sander for $50.00 from CL. It needed a little TLC and some adjustments, but it works fine for me. I bought a Delta 12 1/2 inch planer brand new for $100.00, also from CL. I also have a WorkForce 10” miter saw that I picked up for $35.00. It isn’t the greatest, but it does the job. I bought a new Craftsman Router kit. I think it is the 2.5 hp one with the red top on the motor. This was supposed to be the better of the bunch that they offer. I have an old B&D corded drill that works, a Mouse sander and a B&D Dragster 3X21 belt sander. I also just bought 6 used Bessey K body clamps for $10.00 apiece. I couldn’t hardly believe that a deal like that came by and I actually had the money. There were 2 of the 50”, 2 of the 40” and 2 of the 30”. I stole those. The big ones were like $70.00 each new. Anyway, I have various pipe clamps, some of the Irwin clamps and a couple from HF that aren’t that great. I also scored an old King Seeley Craftsman 4 1/8 inch jointer for $15.00. It also needed a setup and some TLC.

Anyway, let me get back to the reason for the blog.

Here is my saw. You may notice that I have upgraded the fence. It was well worth the money like everyone has said. Buy it from Tools-Plus. They have the best price around $153.00 shipped.

This is a front shot of the case. On the right bottom is one of the drawers I am making for storage.

This is another shot of the saw with my new fence and my crosscut sled. The sled was an earlier project that has seen a lot of use.

This is one of the drawers that I put together today. I am using tongue and dado joinery for them. This is the first time I have used this. They are not perfect, but they should work fine.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 01:37 AM

I’ll be watching your link. I also have a C-man saw, 1996, 113.298762, and I have it on a mobile base that was cheap….errrr cost effective :)

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 01:45 AM

I looked at some plans to get a basic idea, but I have just been winging it. All of the lumber and some of the fasteners are repurposed from someone else’s junk. Everyone is happy that way. I get free wood and folks get rid of unwanted furniture. I plan to update once a week if I can get enough time to get something done.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 03:31 AM

Best wishes on what I am sure will be a most satisfying, enjoyable and educational project. It sounds to me that you are well on your way to becoming an accomplished woodworker—no whinnying, no reservations, just jump in and start. Success is 99 percent attitude. Look forward to seeing your projects!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 11:22 AM

Your on the right track to enjoy your woodworking. Re-using lumber and tools is very cost effective. I made a living with that same Craftsman table saw for 20 years ! I purchased mine NEW in 1976. I have added several modifications TODAY I still use that saw as the main tool.
BEST WISHED in your woodworking journey – you do NOT need new tools to enjoy this !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 12:39 AM

Thank you all for the kind words. I am doing a little during the week, but I don’t get much time. I will try to post another entry this weekend. It may not be pretty when it’s done, but I hope it will serve me well. Happy cutting.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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