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Jeremy Greiner

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10-27-2011 10:46 PM

I’m about to embark on a great project of building an integrated cabinet for my new saw stop contractor saw. I really like the ones built by zzzzdoc and by tedth66 and I’d like to build something close but I’ve already run into my first hurdle.

I’m starting with the base and I did some measurements and the total size I’m looking for is 7’ by 3’8’ with some maple that’s 5’10’ (after milling so a little longer accounting for planer snipe, checking etc.. ). My problem is I don’t have any of these materials and they aren’t easy for me to get. Since I don’t own a truck, I would have to rent one from either Uhaul, or Home Depot. The Home Depot used to have a Van that I could drive for short distances, but they no longer have it and I can’t drive the truck they have available to rent. I don’t know if I’d be able to drive a u-haul truck I’ve never tried so it might be something to consider but I also have an idea to use the materials that I do have already.

Usually I get plywood cut to 32’’ by 48’’ and I have several pieces of plywood and I have 20BF of maple I just got in from mail order (all 5’ or under) so I have all the right materials, just not the right lengths.

Here is a picture showing the whole setup

Here is a picture showing a zoomed in on half of it.

Here is what I would like to do, not only would it be easier to assemble (due to my height wielding the larger pieces of plywood can be cumbersome at best.) but it would use the materials I have. It’s 2 torsion boxes that I will bolt, glue or both together in the center. I understand that the center point there is the weakest link. But would say 6 bolts + glue be strong enough to hold them together? Would I or should I use the glue? Should I use more bolts or something else that’s stronger?

Or worst case is what I am trying to do not really plausible and should I just give up on this project?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 11:12 PM

Jeremy, now that you have your mind set on this project you should not give up by any means.
If I were you I would use dimensional lumber from the big box store for the base (2×4). I can get at least 10 2×4’s in my car.
Your idea of 2 sections, I think, will require a support in the middle – I assume you’re going to use casters, but the floor needs to be perfectly flat. Now that I think, even with only one section you might need support in the middle.
For the case I would suggest the Arauco (sp ?) ply. I keep seeing it on sale at HD for $23 – 24. I worked with it and I think it’s a good quality for a shop project – very few voids; it’s just under 3/4”.
Anyway, good luck with your project. Keep us posted.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 12:26 AM

I can’t fit anything longer than 5’ in the back of my mini cooper, that’s where the problem starts.

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 01:06 AM


I don’t know if this will help you any, but take a look at my saw cabinet I built for my old Craftsman saw some time back…. Just go to my blog on my homepage, and read ” A new look for an old workhorse”. My cabinet is only 5 ft. long, but read the blog and see if it will work for you, since your limited in material…...

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