|Forum topic by B4B||posted 03-29-2015 06:57 PM||743 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-29-2015 06:57 PM
I’ve seen a lot of nice tablesaw workstations that Ljs have built and showcased, and many of them look really good. What I need to build is a platform/base that is as small as possible so that the saw can be rolled into a small-ish storage area. I figure I can get away with something that’s about 40” long, and 30” deep before it becomes too big for storage.
The legs that came with it, as they are now, are fairly flimsy. They’d be ok if I did not need to move the saw or used something to reinforce the legs (which is also an option). I’ve just been using a dolly to man-handle the saw in and out of storage, and it’s not easy, quick or convenient, so I’m looking to improve that.
So my main question is, how small of a footprint could I get away with that would be safe?
I could for instance build a base that extends down to the floor from the base of the saw, but then the saw would become top-heavy and if I started to cut up 4×8 sheet goods, could tip. I could probably make some sort of extensions for the base to help with this.
I could build a mobile base that is the same size as the saw table top & wings, and that “should” provide the stability and support to keep the whole thing from tipping.
Here are a couple of designs I’ve been kicking around in my head. I have a limited budget, and a few scrap materials to work from.
The one on the left would be a minimalist approach by extending the base of the saw down to the floor (15×19), with some sort of stabilizers on the bottom, the one on the right is more of a workstation design (40×27). I should note that the one on the right does not take into account the height of the casters, but the one on the left does.
At some point down the line I’ll also build some outfeed support that could fold down for storage, as well as a router table wing to replace the stamped steel wings that came with the saw. I’ve seen a lot of good ideas for both those projects, but that’s down the line.
Both designs would have storage, basic “dust collection” (given it’s a contractors saw) for my shopvac, and be able to lift onto casters and lower to the floor.
Thoughts? Words of wisdom & lessons learned? I’ve read though a few threads here for similar projects and have a lot of good information to go on.
-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.