|Forum topic by JustSomeGeek||posted 08-03-2011 02:20 PM||1008 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-03-2011 02:20 PM
I’ve just joined LJ and am still finding my way around, so apologies in advance for any stupid questions!
I am currently making the transition from forced DIYer (spousal oppression), to taking up woodwork as a hobby. So i need to get my workshop in order and find out what all the tools, joints and pointy things are actually called and meant to be used for.
My first project (like many before me) will be a dedicated router table/bench with a few addidtions. I would really apreciate some feedback/advice/suggestions before i build this:
The bench will be made using old kitchen worktop & ¾” MDF on industrial 5” castors
Insert plate: I wanted this to be either transparant or opaque so i can mount a light underneath the workpiece as well as from above. Are all/most inserts a standard size? After seeing the price of these things, i was toying with the idea of getting a cheap white/opaque chopping board from the £/$ store and making some out of that.
I want to incorporate my table saw into the bench. Every other design i have seen shows the saw mounted at 90° to the bench. I intend to mount mine so the workpiece travels along the bench and uses it for support instead. As i think i will mostly be cutting boards from large pannels, or making long cuts, this seems to be a more logical solution. Any reasons Not to do this? I already have a compound mitre saw for most cross cuts. I would extend the saw dadoes to let a sled travel the entire length of the bench and be used for the saw, jigsaw(?) and router, though i need to find some “U” channels for this to match the saw.
I am going to make other inserts for a second (same size) hole to mount my jigsaw for use as a scroll saw, and belt sander (any other tools that would benefit from bench mounting?) Blank inserts for using the bench as a work surface.
I intend to have selectable dust extraction options for the saw fences and beneath the table. This would let me have an insert with holes to use as one of those “sucky-table” things if i need one.
One or two of the power sockets to be regulated with a rheostat or something to adjust the speed of whatever is plugged into them.
Having seen the price of a router lift, i came up with the idea of using a cheap car scissor-jack which should only cost a few quid/bucks. Any other ideas for an adjustable lift?
“T” channels at regular intervals for fences, mitre guages, coffee/beer holders etc.
I think that’s most of the major design points i want to consider so far (apart from an under-counter fridge ;-)
Also, it’s not a big issue as i need to adapt things for myself, but i will need to sit and work most of the time. My wheelchair isn’t practical in the garage so i have a stool. I also have difficulties holding things firmly for long periods, so if anybody has any ideas for this then, great!
Any feedback is most gratefully received!
-- Vorsicht! Woodworking n00b, please be gentle with me! :-)