At the very start, let me give all the credit in the world to Tedth66, whose project this is totally based on, and who has been graciously providing guidance as I build this. This is a modification of his design, adding a few details, and making it work for my shop.
I have a 2 car garage / workshop that is tremendously space challenged, so I need to be clever about every square inch. On top of that, I enjoy modifying designs and making them work custom for me. So when I saw Ted’s great SawStop Cabinet and Router Table, I knew I had to build it. Additionally, I just had to have better dust collection than the SawStop contractors saw provides. This design should dramatically improve that. I plan on 5” for under the table saw, with 2.5” for the above table guard, and 6” to the router table via a separate drop.
For reference, here’s Ted’s completed project:
My SawStop and Router Cabinet project
I’ve been spending the past few weeks slowly building this component-by-component. First the mobile base. I beefed up the original design by adding two more casters (total of 6 now), as with the additional components, the weight of this will be substantial. This design (a torsion box with 3/4” plywood) should be able to handle 900 lbs.
Here’s the completed base (plans are available from Woodstore—It’s their Mobile Sawing/Routing Center):
I was concerned that the countersunk holes for the bolts would weaken the frame, so I filled them with West Systems 3 Epoxy with high-strength filler. I think the resultant areas should be at least as strong as the original oak plywood.
The completed center will have a cabinet for the SawStop, drawer storage for saw blades, wrenches, jigs, guards), a cast iron router table with Incra Fence and integrated dust collection, a swivel down outfeed table (taken from the February 2009 Woodworker’s Journal – which I think is the neatest one I’ve seen), and, if I can make it work, a maple workbench top with vises. It’s a tall order, but I’d like to see it through.
Well, more building to do, but wanted to get the blog rolling. Please feel free to add comments / suggestions / criticisms / etc.
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