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Forum topic by B4B posted 03-29-2015 06:57 PM 1188 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2015 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw base

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.

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 07:17 PM

It sounds like to me, that you’ve pretty well answered your own question (s). From reading your post, you know what you need to do to improve the saw’s worthiness. You also didn’t mention what kind of saw it is, which really doesn’t matter..If you have looked at other sawstations, and can’t use them, then build your verson.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 07:24 PM

You could add a side wall support to the ends of the wings, and use that to hang jigs and other items there. Maybe a sawblade stowage area under a wing?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 03-29-2015 08:36 PM

Here is what I did for my Ridgid TS3650.

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#4 posted 03-29-2015 09:01 PM

Alan, that’s really good.

In my case, 62” wide might be pushing it a bit much, I could barely get the TS into the storage area with the 40” long top, Wings, and Fence rails. . but I did forget about the fence rails, so I’ll have to take a look at that. I also realized I could take the motor off the back of the saw, which may get me some turning radius. I guess I’ll have to mock up a base and see how wide I can go.

It’s this saw:

I have this stand:

And just bought this fence:

Rick, I think you are right, I know what I need to do, so I just need to figure out how to implement it. That’s the fun part :).

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#5 posted 03-29-2015 09:27 PM

Make your base to have the same footprint as the top. That way it won’t take any additional space and give you lots of storage. Once you fill the base with tools it will no longer be top heavy. I think your fears are unfounded. One thing your will surely want in the future is an outfeed table. They are pretty much essential. You should plan to have room for one. This is mine from a very old Woodsmith plan that I built in the ‘80’s. It is still going strong.

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#6 posted 03-29-2015 11:46 PM

Here is my solution. Pretty straight forward for a contractors saw. Details in my project folder.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 01:03 AM

Timbertailor, I came across your build thread when researching different designs and your design is at the top of my list. It seems to be small, functional, and mobile. Perfect for someone who does not have a dedicated shop.

Do you find that the saw and stand is stable enough when using your saw? I’m particularly thinking of when I break down sheet goods, that the saw could tip if not supported with a wider base.

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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