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Forum topic by jwyant posted 05-11-2016 11:41 PM 748 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jwyant

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05-11-2016 11:41 PM

Hello,

I have a quick question for all of you experts out there. The space is limited in my garage and instead of building a dedicated work bench, what are your thoughts for building just the top of a work bench that would fit over the top of my delta 36-725 table saw?

It could have edges that wrap around the edge of the saw to lock it from sliding around. When I need to use the saw, I just remove the wood top.

Are there any drawbacks to this idea? Would the wood top, mostly left on the table saw cause any issues with the cast iron top?

Thank you in advance.


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#1 posted 05-11-2016 11:45 PM

Only drawback I can think of is how it makes no sense.

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#2 posted 05-11-2016 11:54 PM

Are there any drawbacks to this idea?

Only when you have to recut a part that doesn’t fit.

Would the wood top, mostly left on the table saw cause any issues with the cast iron top?

Surface rust maybe.

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#3 posted 05-11-2016 11:59 PM

Let me clarify the purpose….

The wood top would be removed when I am using the saw. When I am not using the saw, the top would be put back on and allow me to glue, assemble projects on it. The table saw at that point would be the stand.

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#4 posted 05-12-2016 12:19 AM

It makes perfect sense. Its not really ideal but when you’re tight on space you gotta make due. I don’t think there’s any real problem, other than having to take everything off every time you need to get to the saw, which might get to be a real pain. And as was mentioned make sure to keep moisture out and watch for rust

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#5 posted 05-12-2016 12:20 AM

Thanks Jon…..the Rust is something I am concerned about. I am in Florida and we have been known for humidity. So, I am thinking that MAYBE the wood top might trap the moisture between the wood and cast iron.

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#6 posted 05-12-2016 12:23 AM

You can make a Paulk type of table:

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#7 posted 05-12-2016 12:27 AM

Hmm. Maybe place an old towel between the saw and benchtop to absorb any moisture that gathers? I’m honestly not sure if that would help or if it would trap more moisture but it’s a thought

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#8 posted 05-12-2016 12:43 AM

I wouldn’t want to hammer on my saw. Wood top or not.

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#9 posted 05-12-2016 12:48 AM



Only drawback I can think of is how it makes no sense.

- gargey

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#10 posted 05-12-2016 12:50 AM

I have one here as well and I live in Florida – mine stays on all the time except when I’m using the saw obiously – no problems after 1 year in service

works great

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#11 posted 05-12-2016 02:15 AM

I’ve never liked a work bench in my small shop, all it ever did was collect junk.

SO, I got rid of it, and did MUCH of my building on top of my table saw. I kept a piece of scrap paneling leaning on the wall that I’d grab and lie on top of the saw, then build on top of that. (easy to store against the wall)

For taller cabinets, I had a piece of paneling that I could put on the floor…

For bigger/longer pieces, I could build on both my table saw and my router table, (also covered with paneling) that I built to the same height as my saw. That way it could double for an out feed table.

SR

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#12 posted 05-12-2016 02:43 AM

One drawback will be the removal of it when you need the saw of course. I used to have a plywood cover that I put on the top of the tablesaw when not in use and it served me well, but, the main problem was it started to collect things on it. I believe it is inevitable for any flat surface to start gathering stuff. In the end, you got to do what you got to do, least till you gain more space. Have fun, make some dust.

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#13 posted 05-12-2016 02:58 AM

I guess there wouldn’t be any problems, as long as you never hammer on anything on the bench top, and never do anything that could possibly penetrate the top (drill bits or nails [but you’re not hammering, anyway, are you?])

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#14 posted 05-12-2016 12:11 PM

All I’m thinking is “on/off…on/off”, clearing all the stuff off the bench before.

I suppose it could work if you are extremely organized or building very simple projects.

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#15 posted 05-12-2016 01:23 PM

I think the problem would be what type wood you used. I laid a piece of I believe pine on top of my saw for a day or so and it stained it bad. I think the stain is still visible after 6 months. Just watch and make sure it don’t happen to yours.
Gerald

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