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Forum topic by SwampDonkey772 posted 06-25-2016 06:33 PM 566 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SwampDonkey772

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06-25-2016 06:33 PM

LJers i need some advice. I will be enclosing the single side of a3 car garage making my “shop” 10×20. On the new wall I will be building a 3×10 foot workbench that will be on casters. My mitre saw will sit in the middle and be on either a flip top or removable base. The question I have is my table saw(Rockwell 10 inch contractor saw) will be mounted on the end of the bench and I will use the bench as an outfeed table. I currently have the stock fence on it but will eventually upgrade to a T style fence. On what end so I place my saw. Should the rails protrude right hand towards the wall ( which will cause the bench to be pulled away from the wall) or put it at the other end where they protrude out into the shop?


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 06-25-2016 09:35 PM

Swamp, I would position the saw so that the right side of the saw, as you stand in front of it and face it, is against the wall. Does this make sense?

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-25-2016 09:49 PM

As far as operation is concerned, it doesn’t really matter since it will in essence be on a mobile base and you can position it as needed. However, when not in use, the rails pointing towards the wall will prevent you from pushing the bench completely up against the wall as you mentioned. Seems to me that would waste a lot of space (behind the bench). IMO, a better solution would be to put the saw on it’s own mobile base, not mounted to a bench (or mounted so the rails are parallel to the bench, not perpendicular). That would allow you to push it out of the way and orient the rails parallel to and flush with the wall when not in use.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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ohtimberwolf

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#3 posted 06-26-2016 06:24 PM

Swamp, post us some pictures. Everyone likes pictures of how people set up in smaller spaces. Will watch to see if you can do this for us. Thanks….

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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SwampDonkey772

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#4 posted 06-26-2016 09:23 PM

This is the sketchup that I did for this. I originally had it mounted on the left hand side of the bench but I think I have changed my mind because all TS cutting will have to be drug all the way into the shop. If i mount it on the right side all cutting is right near the door.

This is the sketchup of what I think my shop will look like. Of course it will probably change a hundred times before completion and a hundred times after bedside im always having to fidget with my tools and whatnot

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ohtimberwolf

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#5 posted 06-27-2016 11:37 AM

Thanks for the pics. I am always surprised at most small shop setups. They look so simple and useful but when I try to get back into a small shop it fills quickly. Table saw, band saw, drill press, planer, DC, radial arm saw, cabinets to keep all the attachments and shelves for sanders and routers etc, stored wood, finishes and I could go on but you get the point.

It leaves me with little room to work but I do get things done. (slowly) I miss my big shop!

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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SwampDonkey772

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#6 posted 06-28-2016 12:08 AM

Unfortunately I don’t have all those other tools to deal with. Im now thinking just leaving it as a stand alone piece and building a good solid cabinet under it. That way I won’t have the issue of having the table pulled out when I add my new fence. Being in the small part of the shop is not ideal but happy wife makes happy life right lol

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 06-28-2016 12:24 AM

3’ is a really deep table that’ll be up oagainst the wall. I’d do 2’

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SwampDonkey772

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#8 posted 06-28-2016 12:26 AM

My bench will be on casters, i was thinking 3 feet so i could pull it out and still use it as an assembly table

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