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Forum topic by BillyDoubleU posted 04-25-2017 01:57 PM 466 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BillyDoubleU

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04-25-2017 01:57 PM

With space being and issue in a small shop and as I get ready to start building benches and stations I have been batting around what to do.

I will be placing my TS in a bench, looking at 6’ in bench top space with the TS taking up roughly 2’ making it 8’ total length.

In my initial research I came across the Paulk style bench (from a member here as a matter of fact with the same saw). In that bench he has a router table built in at the other end.

I am wondering how many of you guys with small shops double/triple up uses out of your benches for power tools?

I feel like dedicated stations is best if space is available and may still end up going that route.

What say you guys with the experience?

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss


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oldsailor59

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 02:33 PM

I have similar issues, here are some ideas.
what is used the most often? what is not portable?
so I have dedicated spot for drill press, sliding 10” miter saw, belt grinder, and table saw. I have an area that I use for lay-out and glue up. the same area gets the 9”band saw, router mounted in small table, 12” miter saw as needed. I have a ‘Portable’ planer that sits under the bench until needed, then it is set up outside.
my benches are made from scrap. 2 sets of steel bench frames rescued from dumpster, 4×4 used as dunnage as bench legs, old pallets, an old solid wood door.

-- Scott just a tired old sailor glad to be home from the sea

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rodneywt1180b

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#2 posted 05-07-2017 12:58 AM

I built my bench to be just a little shorter than my table saw so it could double as an outfeed table. The only recommendation I can make is keep your bench separate from your saw. That way if you ever upgrade saws you won’t have to build a new bench or modify the one you have. A lot of people mount their router in the extension wing to the side of the saw. That way the rip fence does double duty as the router table fence too.
Rodney

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BillyDoubleU

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#3 posted 05-07-2017 04:15 AM

I am gonna have a separate infeed/outfeed table and a separate “work bench” as well as a large TS table.

Since I have a DeWalt 7491rs I am not sure if I can pull off a router table in a wing. I am gonna add some sort of wings to it I just haven’t figured out how or how large or if they will be removable or not.

I was figuring I’d just make a separate router table…

I am winding up with too many tables ;p


I built my bench to be just a little shorter than my table saw so it could double as an outfeed table. The only recommendation I can make is keep your bench separate from your saw. That way if you ever upgrade saws you won t have to build a new bench or modify the one you have. A lot of people mount their router in the extension wing to the side of the saw. That way the rip fence does double duty as the router table fence too.
Rodney

- rodneywt1180b


-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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