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353 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question jig tablesaw

Just curious if any of the ingenious innovators here have ever tried (and/or succeeded) in creating a “replacement” top for their portable table saw – similar, perhaps, to the Rousseau PortaMax Jr 2600 (links + image below).

I inquired about the construction of the product from Rousseau, and this is the response I received . . .
“The table top of the 2600 is a particle board with high pressure laminate on both sides and edge banded. The frame of the 2600 surrounds the top of the saw and bolts to the saw. Thus the 2600 stays with the saw and utilizes the top of the saw and the laminate top of the 2600 to expand rip capacity.”_

http://www.rousseauco.com/model2600.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Rousseau-PortaMax-Table-Fence-System/dp/B0000224RS

I am consistently amazed and inspired at the sheer creativity and innovation that I see amongst so many contributors here at Lumberjocks, that I thought I would pose my question here . . . thinking, perhaps, there might even be ideas as to how to improve upon the “rousseau” idea – as a DIY project.

Looking forward to (hopefully) some inspiring insight, ideas, thoughts, etc.

THANK YOU !!!

TOM


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#1 posted 353 days ago

Hi there Tom. I just wanted to let you know that I found for my my jobsite saw the skil folding stand 80092. It cost me $45. I realize that there may be ways to make these but for 45 dollars I wasn’t really complaining. It increased the rip capacity to 30 inches and comes with a T square fence. It didn’t make my little skil a cabinet saw but it made it a lot better. You might also check out the movable carts others have constructed here (you probably have so ignore this if you did). I know that JCC made one for a contractor saw, but that could be converted to jobsite. Hope this might gibe you some ideas. If you want measurements on my folding stand just PM me and I will be happy to send them (metric or standard, I use both).

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#2 posted 353 days ago

Unfortunately, that SKIL 80092 Folding Table Saw Stand doesn’t seem to be available any longer . . .

http://www.amazon.com/SKIL-80092-Folding-Table-Stand/dp/B0007DFX34/ref=cm_cmu_pg_t

I was actually kind of interested in the idea of creating an entire “top” for a benchtop type table saw – again, similar to the images posted above of the Rousseau idea, but even further customized/improved upon in terms of surface material, customized miter slot(s), etc.

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#3 posted 353 days ago

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#4 posted 353 days ago

That “OJJ” is a bit more elaborate than I was thinking … but amazingly innovative nevertheless.

It does lend itself to some interesting ideas, though.

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#5 posted 353 days ago

What about an MDF based top/cover … with an attached aluminum plate top?

Perhaps something similar to the idea this person utilized—> http://hackaday.com/2013/03/25/a-tiny-custom-table-saw/

Thoughts?

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#6 posted 353 days ago

An aluminum top would probably cost more than most benchtop saws. Is your goal just to increase rip capacity?

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#7 posted 353 days ago

I liked the Jimmy Jig Loren until I saw their picture of a hacked off finger and hand ripped open. Bad sales technique

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#8 posted 352 days ago

@ Rick M . . . .

For the most part, my goal was/is to find a creative ancillary and/or quasi-replacement DIY table saw “top” for a smaller benchtop type table saw – such as (for example) . . .

or . . . . .

again, perhaps somewhat similar in concept to the following (for example) . . . .

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#9 posted 348 days ago

nobody ???

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#10 posted 348 days ago

for what its worth I just made this….

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/83819

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#11 posted 347 days ago

The “hackaday” link was more toward a “materials” idea than it was relative to the general concept of my original posting (i.e. aluminum sheeting for the table top as opposed to wood, mdf, melamine, etc.)

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#12 posted 347 days ago

easy … easy now . . .

I’m merely in the “brainstorming” phase of this idea/project. I don’t need it completed yesterday … I’m simply bouncing ideas back and forth – and seeing what ideas others may have – to eventually lead to my deciding on how I will proceed.

Nothing wrong with this process, is there ??

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#13 posted 347 days ago

Nothing wrong with brainstorming. I get an idea to do something and may not actually get around to it for months if I don’t need it right away. Melamine covered sheet wood (ply, particle board, or mdf) would make a good top, durable, slick, flat; cover the sides with oak strips that have a bevel.

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#14 posted 347 days ago

I was thinking the same thing about the melamine covered/laminated sheet wood.

I suppose if I wanted to get real creative – for a more “authentic” look – I could apply something like Thomas' Liquid Stainless Steel or stainless steel contact paper.

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#15 posted 345 days ago

Upon a bit more brainstorming/thinking about possibilities with this project idea, I’m wondering if utilizing phenolic coated plywood might be a viable choice of material for constructing a custom table top.

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