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05-10-2008 09:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question base stand

Hi All,

This is my first posting at this site. I’ve found tons of usefull info so far, great site. But, I haven’t run across any info on building a table saw base. I have an old Craftsman contractor style saw, with the motor mounted out the back and the arbor powered by a belt. What I would like to build is a base/stand with storage and dust collection and that can be rolled around. Does anyone know of any plans available? Or just have some thoughts on consturction and features. I think I woulld like to have some drawers and and perhaps some open bins. I plan on using my shop vac for dust removal, or would just a catch bin work better? I was also thinking that it should be somewhat larger than the bottom of the saw to add some space for mounts/bracing for some table extensions. Any ideas would be greatly apprieciated, thanks alot.

-- Werner, California

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 09:52 PM

Here a couple:

Just search for tablesaw base

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 09:57 PM

Welcome aboard! Werner

I did a search for table saw workstation here on lumber jocks—you can click on “projects to refine the search a bit.

I must see what I can do in that area too, I need the storage space!!!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 03:56 PM

Here’s one that I built. I bought a 4” dust port at Woodcraft and dropped it into a rabbetted hole in the top. I attached the saw on top of it and ran the hose out through the side. The central compartment is plenty big to hold my tenon sled, several feather boards, some misc jigs, and my extra blades including dado set. The drawers have all the other stuff you may need at the saw like wrenches, top saver/boeshield, wixley angle gauge, throat plates, measuring stuff. The big bottom drawer has my saw blade cleaning tub, all the manual for all my machines, alignment tools, and a few other surprises.

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I built the hook on the side for my sacrificial fence and anti kickback track. It also provides a ledge to hang my miter guages on. I didn’t think of it at the time, but the extra weight really adds some beef to the complete set up making it much more stable during use. I haven’t reattached the extension wings in these pix, but you get the idea. Next I am going to drop a router table on the right side.

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 05:01 PM

I build one similar to the one in shopnotes Vol 15 Issue 89. since I downgraded to a contractors saw I missed having a closed base and this solved that problem for me. I use a sq storage container that slides in the cabinet under the saw to catch the saw dust. it has a small drawer cabinet next to that to store blades and other doodads I need at the saw and at the end I have my router table and a cabinet under that. I found that this set catches my saw dust better that when I had my dust collector hooked up to the pan on the open base. plus it makes the saw considerable heavier. I was going to set up the dust collector to work with this set up but it does a good job just the way it is with out the hassle of hoses and it lets me keep my collector set up for the router where I really need it.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#5 posted 05-24-2008 08:11 AM

Sorry I haven’t been able to get back here sooner, but everyday life always seems to get in the way. Thanks for all of your inputs. I think this will get me going in the right direction, thanks.

-- Werner, California

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