How many people use their table saw as their primary work surface?

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Forum topic by Alan S posted 05-20-2012 01:47 AM 2160 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alan S

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05-20-2012 01:47 AM

I’m curious if I am the only one. I really don’t have the room in my 1 car garage workshop for a bench, so I end up using my table saw for assembly and bench work. Do you put a board down before working with glue? I am constantly cleaning glue spots off my cast iron table saw top.

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 01:58 AM

I only use it when I’m sharpening my plane iron. I have a 3×8 bench with a couple shelves on the back which is a catchall for stuff, but my primary bench is a piece of MDF 4×4 on a couple of home made horses I joined with 2×4’s. It’s the center of the workshop now and I do everything on it. I do need to make a frame that fully supports the MDF though because it’s starting to sag on the ends.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 02:33 AM

Alan – I am with Russell. YES I have a work bench but I use a 2×4 sheet of ply on some saw horses or IF I need bigger I have a old door I will put on them. A lot of times I will have to leave MY car out of the garage for a period of time but it works.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 02:35 AM

I admit, I still use mine as a part time assembly bench, though not as much as I did before building a rolling bench, 16” X 60” that expands out to 48X60. I would most always put a sheet of MDF on top my table saw when using as assembly/finishing bench. Also, like Russell, I have several sets of folding saw horses that I top with MDF/plywood to work off of as well.

-- Rick

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 02:40 AM

Alan, I was in the same spot for awhile.

Make sure you keep a good coat of Johnson’s Paste wax on the work surfaces… Glue won’t stick, mitre gauge works better and it’s a lot nicer than a dose of salts!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 10:27 AM

Tablesaw? Is that the thing with all those bowl blanks on it?

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 10:39 AM

I work out of a single car shed, I do NOT use the Table Saw for anything other than cutting. It is NOT a storage area, It is NOT a assembly table. At our cabinet school it was drilled into us NEVER use the saw for anything other than cutting, It sticks with me today——35+ years later.

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#7 posted 05-20-2012 11:53 AM

Why yes i do…...............even tho i do have a 4 by 8 table…...the table saw is the comand center for the shop…thats where i,m sitn now…posting my 2cents…..sitn on a stool cruzn LJ…drinking coffee…


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#8 posted 05-20-2012 11:58 AM

For me it is the router table. I have a workbench, but the router table is usually empty, where the bench is almost always cluttered.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#9 posted 05-20-2012 12:01 PM

No, it’s only used as a table saw.

And no drinks on it or the attached table surface either.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-20-2012 12:09 PM

I have a small workshop in the basement. I never used the tablesaw as a work area. One of the concerns I have, asides from damaging the surface area of the saw, is leaving behind any small tools or items that I may have forgotten to pick up before starting up the saw. Forget to pick up one small router bit and you have an opportunity to chip a blade, have it catch and get thrown at you, or find your reflexes kicking in and putting your hand in the blade to try and grab the bit before it is picked up. All bad things.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 05-20-2012 12:16 PM

In Gainesville, I work in a one car garage space slightly under 200 sq ft. There I have a Scandinavian type work bench and a 6’ 2” long 24” deep storage cabinet with a 3/4” plywood top which is designed to mount numerous tools.

These are my work spaces. I don’t like to even put my coffee mug on the saw table surface.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#12 posted 05-20-2012 02:01 PM

There is a sign (paper and moveable) on my TS top that threatens death and destruction to ANYBODY that puts ANYTHING on it. My workbench and outfeed table are used for assembly (or as-em-bully) as the NORM says.


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#13 posted 05-20-2012 02:33 PM

My tiny shop is overcrowded with my tools so , Yes I do use my unisaw as a work surface. As a suggestion, buy a roll of butcher’s paper and use that when you are going to do glue work to protect the surface. Cheap and disposable.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#14 posted 05-20-2012 07:16 PM

when its handy, do it! ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 05-20-2012 07:59 PM

Get a workmate. Or get two plastic foldable sawhorses and a piece of MDF…I also don’t have a stand alone work bench and do have to use my table saw to work on.

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