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grub32

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12-22-2011 06:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw sawstop outfeed table

I just bought a new cabinet saw for my shop….whoopie!!

The problem is, the saw is 2 1/8 inch lower than my old saw. The out feed table and workbench is now 2 1/8 inches higher than the table of the saw. What to do?

Cut the outfeed table down? Major Hassle!! Or do I build a riser for the saw? This would be easy. I am just wondering if it is going to be steady enough. It is the Sawstop 3 hp PCS.

I know that the riser is going to be the easiest solution but I don’t know if it is going to jeopardize the safety and performance of the machine. Also, I am 6’4” and the lower saw is bothersome.

Please give me your opinions and lets not start another bash sawstop thread.

Thanks in advance,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!


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IrreverentJack

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 06:55 AM

Give them a call at SawStop. You need to make it comfortable for you to work at. They should be able answer your questions about a riser/lift/pedestal. Good luck. Congratulations on the new saw. -Jack

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cuttwice

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 07:28 AM

Grub, will you need to move the saw once it’s in place? A riser will make that difficult, I think (I imagine it will make the built in lift pretty much useless).

If not, it’s got to be cheaper (you could probably build a good riser out of the pallet the saw came on), and I can’t think of any reason why it would make the saw unsafe, if you build it sturdy enough. If you’ve got the extension, you’ll need riser blocks for those legs too.

Congrats on the new saw!

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 07:44 AM

grub,

I think you have 2 choices…...either build a riser (I’m assuming your saw has legs being a contractor saw) wide enough and tall enough for the legs to sit firmly on and won’t rock, OR build a saw cabinet (including the saw table top) high enough to flush up aganist the outfeed table and work bench. I did both…..I have an old Craftsman saw (1985) that I removed the legs from and built a cabinet for it a couple of years back. I also have a Unisaw that was too low for me (34”), so I built a riser 3” high and raised it up…..I then built my outfeed table to that same highth….....I have the 2 saws back-to-back using the same outfeed table. The old saw is strickly for dados and rabbits, and the Uni is for everything else…. Go to my blogs and read about “A new look for an old workhorse”, and then take a look at my woodshop pics, and you’ll see the Uni w/ the riser.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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grub32

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 04:18 PM

Thanks Rick for the heads up on your project….that was exactly what I was thinking. I am sure that is going to do the trick.

I just wanted to make sure it wouldn’t wander or be tipsy.

I appreciate all suggestions. I will add the new saw pics to my workshop pics once I build the riser.

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 09:17 PM

grub,

I was re-reading some of the topic forums again, and I mis-read what you had written….I guess I thought you had a contractor saw instead of a cabinet saw…sorry about that….my mistake…..so forget the part about

building a saw cabinet (I think I had a brain cramp, or something), and build the riser instead. The saw is heavy enough you won’t have any problems with it once you get it set in place…..You didn’t say which saw you bought…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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NBeener

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 10:01 PM

How high is their mobile base ??

Congrats on the new saw. I congratulated you over at the Creek, too, but … twice is okay, too !

-- -- Neil

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Bigdogs117

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 10:21 PM

I would build a new outfeed table/bench and customize it to your needs. If you have room, I would build a cabinet for underneath the table and use it for storage. I enjoy doing that kind of stuff for my shop. Congrats on your new saw.

-- Rusty

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grub32

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#8 posted 12-23-2011 12:42 AM

I don’t have time to build a new or the money…just blew the wad on this and another “toy” for the shop, it’s a German engineered joinery tool and rhymes with nomino. : )

Basically, I looked for the two most controversial tools on this forum and bought them both.

Going to use the green joinery tool to make the riser to make it super strong.

Thanks for all the comments. I will post some photos after I get my mess cleaned up and rise it up to my working height.

Happy holidays,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 04:36 AM

I think the base would be easier, cheaper and plenty safe. This would raise the table for your height (6’4”) and I think you will be happier with that decision…...but it will be your decision. Congratulations on the new saw.

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grub32

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#10 posted 12-24-2011 07:17 AM

Well, I spent some time in the shop tonight getting the beast to rise and stay there. I made the riser out of red oak and domino’d it together so it will be strong as it can be. I also sprayed it black so it would disappear next to the sawtstop.

Here are some photos of the project going together.

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Now I am not even going to get into how the Beast rose up 3inches off the ground…That is another story.

Since I love the Sawstop and the domino…I now have a ridgid table saw and a porter cable biscuit jointer that need to go. Craigslist here I come.

Thanks for all the suggestions…The saw is purring like a kitten now.

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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NBeener

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#11 posted 12-24-2011 03:14 PM

a) Nicely done !

b) Did you nail the height—perfectly planar with your outfeed table ?

c) “Oh oh Domino
(All right)
Roll me over Romeo, there you go
Lord have mercy
I said, oh oh Domino
Roll me over Romeo, there you go
(Hey, all right)
Say it again
Oh-oh-ooh-ooh Domino
(Hey, hit it)
I said oh-ooh-ooh Domino”

;-)

-- -- Neil

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Dave

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#12 posted 12-24-2011 03:29 PM

I had an issue with my floor of my garage being uneven and sloped a bit. When I built my outfeed table I built it with levelers so I could adjust it to meet my saw perfectly.

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