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Forum topic by pete79 posted 11-11-2009 06:56 PM 2064 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2009 06:56 PM

Hey guys, I’m thinking about makng a cabinet enclosure for my TS – it’s a Craftsman Professional 10” Contractor’s saw. I have two main objectives, and I’m looking for links to similar topics/solutions, or any ideas you have.

1. My first objective is dust collection. I’m hoping for some sort of enclosure that I can create that will contain dust under the saw, where I can connect some form of dust collection system to extract the dust. I’m curious if a simple cabinet will work, with a port in the bottom somewhere to connect the dust collection tubing? Can I also enclose the motor unit on the back of the saw, or will this create problems?

2. Storage is a consideration, but not a main priority. If I can fashion some additional storage into this thing, that’s a bonus.

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 07:20 PM

Pete: You might take a look at Norm Abrham’s saw station he built a few years back. I think it was also a contractor’s saw. One thing you might do for dust collection is leave the bottom of the stand open under the saw frame, and let the dust fall in a drawer or box, and hook up a dust port to the box to extract the dust and chips. The dust collection on most contractor saws is terrible because of the “flat pan”(that’s what I call it). You’re on track with the idea of d.c. The enclosure on the motor could be done with some sort of removable box built-in(?) Just leave room to be able to oil it and get to the pulleys if necessary. My nickel.

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 07:24 PM

Don’t block off air ventilation for the motor. It will overheat.

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#3 posted 11-11-2009 09:13 PM

How much ventilation does the motor need? I have a closed-stand jointer with the same sized motor as my table saw and the motor is in the closed stand and the few vent slots don’t look like they will provide much natural air circulation. I work pretty slow; usually my saw is running for only a few minutes for a couple of cuts and then its off for quite some time while I check my work and set up for the next cut.

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