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My SawStop and Router Cabinet in the making

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Blog entry by tedth66 posted 01-11-2010 06:23 AM 5968 reads 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first project and my first post. Since I use my garage as a shop I needed to combine my contractor saw and router table into one and create some storage.

updated photos of my changes to the router table portion of the cabinet….

SawStop1

sawstop2

sawstop2

sawstop3

sawstop4

I purchased the plans from WoodPlans Online but only used the mobile frame portion of the plans because the original plans lacked the storage that I was looking for. My cabinet has 3+1 drawers under the saw (1 false drawer for looks ~ really a dust cabin) and a tall storage cabinet in the middle for my crosscut sled. I also added two drawers under the router cabin for bits and other routers (Bosch finish and Plunge router). My router cabin has two chambers so I can pull the dust from the router cabin and from the top of the table via a 2inch ported hole that I drilled in the table. My router fence (box) ports the dust down into the dust cabin. I’ve always disliked attaching a hose on the fence from the top so I came up with a way to pull the dust from below using a ‘Y’ port inside the box and a few short pieces of 2.5inch hose.

When the weather warms up I’ll patch the holes, paint and add trim. This thing is a beast but these casters (rated at 300lbs each) make it easy to move around the garage once you get the casters pointed in the right direction.

Ted

-- Ted



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Jeison

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 06:25 AM

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-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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deeman

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 07:13 AM

I like it. Looks really good. I also bought the plans from wood. I haven’t yet built it. What material did you use? The plans call for MDO, but it seems pretty pricey. Looks like a useful shop project

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 02:38 PM

Ted, that looks like a nice addition to your shop. You certainly added plenty of needed storage to your saw center. Putting a router in the extension wing was a great idea. In my opinion the extension wing is the weakest point of the saw. Adding a router, as you have done, improves the functionality of the saw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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tedth66

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 04:19 PM

deeman – I used poplar for the base frame topped with MDF. All of the boxes are made out of MDF including the drawer faces. The drawer boxes are made out of plywood (Agathis). The box supporting the saw is double-walled 3/4 inch MDF for strength although I think this is overkill as MDF is super strong. If you decide to build a saw cabinet, do not skimp on the casters or the base frame. I suspect my cabinet weighs between 500-600 lbs.

Scott – I agree with your opinion on the extension wing. If that’s all it’s used for it’s for the most part a waste of space. I hope when i finish this project with trim and paint that it looks cleaner than it currently does.

thanks guys

-- Ted

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 06:54 PM

Fantastic job Ted. Heck, you could probably keep that in the living room and the wife would hardly notice it’s actually woodworking machines. Great work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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tedth66

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 03:50 PM

Haha! i might give that a go stefang; after it’s painted that is.

thanks.

-- Ted

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CDC

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 04:27 PM

Have you thought about miter slot and if so how are you going to do it.
CDC

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tedth66

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 04:59 PM

Hello CDC,
Yes I have. I’m actually changing the router side of the table mainly for looks and efficiency. I rebuilt the router box to reduce the internal dimensions so the dust collection is more efficient. In my final version you won’t be able to see the router box as it’ll be sittig inside a larger outer box. As for the miter slot, I’ll first scribe the laminate surface top in two places (the width of the miter bar insert) and then use a router bit to make the slot. Also my fence box is not yet laminated; for that I’ll be adding a couple of 3/4 inch MDF laminated fence pieces and use a T-slot bit so they’re adjustable.

of course I still need to patch, paint and trim this beast.

thanks
Ted

-- Ted

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Thekiltedcarpenter

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 01:39 PM

Very well done.

-- Dang! I cut it twice, and it's STILL too short!

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 01:42 PM

Excellent work and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Sk1pp3r

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#11 posted 12-25-2013 09:10 PM

This mobile base is amazing! I’m planning on building mine soon as I just got a sawstop. Do you have a sketchup file that you used for the cabinets, or did you just make it up as you went along? The base looks simple enough but I like the layout you chose.

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