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Forum topic by digitmisser posted 08-14-2010 03:28 PM 1195 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2010 03:28 PM

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Hi All,

New to LJ. Thanks to all the greeters for a warm welcome. My ultimate goal is to shape chambered surfboards from native timber in the surrounding north Florida area. Swaylocks forum has been a great resource for many of the shaping aspects. I now turn to LJs for advice in setting up my shop. (1) One thing I feel that needs improvement is my table saw, a craftsman 10”. The table is small maybe 2’ deep x 2.5’ wide. I would like to have a larger table surface for ease of use. The other improvement I would like to make (2) is to extend the length of my gate/guide. All suggestions are most welcome.


-- chris, north florida

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 03:44 PM

You’ve basically got two options:

!. Buy a bigger saw.
2. Build extensions of some sort

Many of us have added extensions as I did here:

As for extending your fence, all you really need is a good, straight board to clamp on to the existing one.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 03:49 PM

here are some ideas .

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 04:09 PM

Chris, first of all, let me also offer a welcome to you for joining the group.

I used a Craftsman saw for over a decade and, since I like doing cabinetry work, fought to get the support needed for cutting sheets of plywood and long boards. Eventually I replaced it with a cabinet saw but building outfeed/infeed support for handling long boards and sheet goods, as Charlie and David suggested, is the way to go for any saw. Here is a link to the one that I added to my current saw that I find useful since it can be folded when not in use to save space in my shop.

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 04:39 PM

You did not mention how much room you have in your shop. Many of us are a little crowded in our shops.

If your space is limited I would suggest that you can make extensions that fold up and stay out of the way until you need them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 04:57 PM

Rich, et al first of all thank you for your ideas. Rich, my covered workspace is 12’ x 16’. Currently much of that is being reclaimed Ideally a cabinet that would host table saw and router interchangably (sic) would be ideal. Not sure I could engeneer it to accomodate the band saw…. The idea would be to have the cabinet on casters and have a well that would accomodate either of the three by spacer/offsets and lock downs. Maybe a dream, but why not go big. While the other two tools (e.g. table saw and band saw) are not in use the could be stored susspended from ceiling joists and thus (hopefully) out of the way. Don’t want to get sappy, but it sure is good to meet you guys.

-- chris, north florida

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 08:13 PM

A table saw and band saw suspended from ceiling joists.

First, I hope those are very strong ceiling joists.

Second, I gotta see a picture of this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 08:15 PM

Take a look at Craig’s list. If it is anything like here, there will be lots of nice cabinet saws at give away prices.

Btw, Welcome to LJ!! :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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