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Forum topic by JeffP posted 02-01-2015 02:52 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffP

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02-01-2015 02:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question

Ok, sorry, made you look.

The thing in question is a half-baked idea I had for my shop. Wondering why I haven’t ever seen it done in any of the shop photos/videos I’ve seen.

Basic idea is a hanging multi-purpose “shelf” above the table-saw. I’m thinking I would like to have some strong task lighting hanging down above my TS/router table combo. Would also like to have a hanging air-hose with a blower on it for frequently blowing all the sawdust off. Also want a place to keep all of the pencils/tape/push-blocks/featherboards/digital-angle-thingy/calipers/adjustment-wrench…you get the idea—the dozens of things that wind up cluttering the top of the TS.

I got the notion of combining the task-lighting and air-hose thing with a shelf-thingy.

Problem is I couldn’t decide how high it should be…then it hit me. I have an old 12V winch that has been just taking up space on a shelf for years. Why not over-do this whole thing and have the height easily adjustable with the push of a button?

So, why the heck have I never seen such a beast?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 03:01 PM

So, why the heck have I never seen such a beast?

I think it is because it is your personal brainstorm, you’ll have to build it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 03:15 PM

I’ve thought about the same thing or similar. Even bought a small winch from Northern tools about 2 years ago. The winch is still laying somewhere in my shop. Build one, I’d love to see it, and it is a good idea.
Gerald

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 03:31 AM

I will take a photo of mine tomorrow and post it. It’s where all my push devices hide. It’s two pieces, so it can be raised or lowered (the cabinet is in two pieces and the lower section rides in slots and is locked by jig knobs), in case I [again] forget a cut and have to run a tall box through my saw.

I have a four foot light (Costco is selling four foot LED’s for the same price I paid for shop lights and tubes) on the front and back. I may add a couple LED pucks on the bottom, right over the blade area.

It is a VERY convenient location for those push shoes you often forget to grab, but that are within reach, if planted overhead.

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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 01:14 PM

Another thing I’ve found handy is to epoxy a rare earth magnet into push sticks and blocks so they can be stuck to the side of the saw, jointer or whatever steel cabinet machine that might be close by. I also have a larger magnet stuck underneath the left wing on my saw that holds the blade wrench, not the included stamped steel wrench but a forged combination wrench.

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JeffP

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 01:41 PM

All great ideas guys. Looking forward to the pics Kelly.

My bathroom remodel project is threatening to bogart my time for the foreseeable future. Hope to have a good design for my “saw chandelier” by the time I get back to this project. :)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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runswithscissors

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#6 posted 02-04-2015 08:20 PM

My only concern would be stuff jiggling off the shelf and falling onto a spinning blade below. Otherwise I like the idea.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Kelly

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#7 posted 02-05-2015 02:40 AM

This is my version of a shelf over the saw.

If you mount your shelf where things falling from it can hit the blade, you will have trouble reaching things on it, when you need them, including during a cut. Initially, I didn’t have mine far enough toward the blade and had to position it closer to it. Even then, anything falling would fall well in front of the blade.

Add to the foregoing, if you have things vibrating off the shelf [mounted to the ceiling] while running the saw, you probably have bigger problems that should be addressed.

Because the shelf is so prominent, it’s probable you’d notice anything wandering well in advance of any danger.

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Garbanzolasvegas

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#8 posted 02-05-2015 02:43 AM

That is one production shop for sure

-- If you don't Play, you can't win

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JeffP

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#9 posted 02-05-2015 02:49 AM

Thanks for posting the pics Kelly. Nice job.

Seems like stuff still accumulates on your saw though ;)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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runswithscissors

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#10 posted 02-05-2015 02:51 AM

Earthquake jiggling comes to mind (Not that we have a lot of that in the PNW), or big trucks rumbling by, or meteorite strikes.

Those look somewhat like small boat moulds on your shelf. Are you a boat builder?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#11 posted 02-05-2015 03:41 AM

To the right, often (hey, it’s a horizontal surface). Otherwise, no, just rearranging furniture and boxes of sanding disks and related got moved out of the way pending their new home.


Thanks for posting the pics Kelly. Nice job.

Seems like stuff still accumulates on your saw though ;)

- JeffP


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#12 posted 02-05-2015 03:43 AM

Everything over the saw is a hold down or push stick/shoe/thingamajig

In the dry part of the Pacific Northwet, we stay out of the shop on days the BIG meteorites and earthshakes hit.


Earthquake jiggling comes to mind (Not that we have a lot of that in the PNW), or big trucks rumbling by, or meteorite strikes.

Those look somewhat like small boat moulds on your shelf. Are you a boat builder?

- runswithscissors


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