Dewalt Table Saw Mods (in Progress)

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Forum topic by 69BBNova posted 05-15-2012 12:38 AM 5973 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 12:38 AM

I started this improvement yesterday after mulling over if I could actually fit a bigger saw in my room. Unfortunatly thats never going to happen…

This first mod is to improve dust collection when I get a dust collector, it will have a 4” centrally located bottom port for a dust collector…

To make sure I’d go through with it I cut up the plastic parts so I wouldent be tempted to back out…

So far I have spent about 10 or so hours of actual work, I’m using 16 gauge steel which is killing me because I’m cutting it with a pair of compound avation tin snips, (I’m to lazy to set up my band saw).

I’ll continue posting as I progress and do other upgrades when I start them.

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 08:44 PM

I felt it was time to add a few more images of my tablesaw mods…

Its still not quite done, I only fooled around with it twice since my first posting, about one month ago my thumb stopped locking up from when I originally started this project and I dont want to push it to its limits again…

I still have to make stands on the lower cover for using on a bench, and on the sides I’m also going to add brackets so I can insert legs when a bench isnt available.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 08:17 AM

Doesn’t DW745 already have dust shroud around the blade?

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 07:16 AM

I’ve continued modding this table saw mostly because I really dont have room for a proper one…

Although its always been fairly decent to use I’ve never been happy with its limitation concerning rips…

Normally this saw is limited to roughly 16”, but tonight (3:00am as usual) while waiting to work on an additional mod I was looking this problem over again (been doing it for years)...

I suddenly realized if I flip the rails front to back the shorter limiter formally on the left will allow increased range of travel, and in addition the extra locking pins for ripping on the left I just moved to the right but closer to the blade for narrow rips…

It now is capable of rips of not quite 23”, but I’m happy I’ve solved this after so long with the added bonus of no money necessary.

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 08:32 AM

Nice work, should work well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 01:12 AM

I made this base just before the previously posted mod…

Unfortunatly I have no dimentions at all because I build it in place…

Its made from reclaimed birch ply my friend gave me, the were used with pallets where he works…

Its basically a bunch of wood screwed together, the table height is 3/4” higher than my bench (unfinished) so if i want I can put something on top of it as a outfeed table or side extention if I choose someday…

Someday all the mods will be done I hope.

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