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post #21 of 49 Old 05-05-2010, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Here's a quick update picture - I'm posting the whole build log here - but will post up pictures here too :)

As I mentioned before might happen - the plans are changing as I get to stuff and think of an easier or better idea - but I'll be making changes to the sketchup (that I put in a download section on my site too) so I can manage the "Versions"

although the bench is pretty specific to my needs, I doubt anyone will be using the Sketchup file but I want to offer it out just in case :)
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post #22 of 49 Old 05-05-2010, 10:22 PM
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Actually, if your table is heavy enough, casters are just as solid as table legs, but add that extra maneuverability.
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After reading and seeing what you are doing, I am now thinking of making a few adjustments to the desk I was going to remodel into a router table. It will be nothing like what you are doing, but I am going to add mounting spaces for my Ridgid sander and benchtop planer (when I get it).

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Awesome I'm glad some people are getting some ideas from this one :)

I put castors on - but now I think it's a bit too tall... we'll have to see once I start using it for stuff - Here's the latest pic! (there's more progress pics at my build log a few posts back)

I've got a bunch of ideas for shelves and storage that I'm going to work on next
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Good job dude!

Just a couple of things:
Casters: Yeah, it will be tall now. You'd have wanted to have planned those in to avoid that. But still, they'll be a benefit if you need to move it around.

Something I'd look at adding (if I were you) is a fold down table extension to the right of the table saw. You'll need it if you're going to cut any larger stock (sheet stock?). Then I'd mount the router in that. Then when you don't want it, you just drop it out of the way.

Also.. what are you going to do about the fence on the table saw?
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I also might open up all the space under both the table saw and chop saw that you can so that you can build a shelf under each of them for a sawdust collection box to sit on. They are ultra convenient to just slide out and empty.

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Thanks for the suggestions - I meant to have the area under the table saw empty for dust collection and totally forgot! For the chop saw and the router I was hoping to make some dual action dust collection hood thingy :)

I lost the table saw fence a long time ago and I've been using one of the smaller clamp guides and I made sure there was space behind the table saw for the clamp thing - but I will probably build a new fence system eventually <- just looking for an easy to make one :)

I don't foresee myself using much full sheet stock - I don't even own a truck to get full sheets home so I always have the Home Depot guys cut down the sheets so they fit in my van :) but an extension is a good idea

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When you git 'er done, shoot me an invite to come over and see it. I'll bring a six-pack of beer.... or Coke, if ya don't drink.
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Even though your table is taller now, I bet you still appreciate the mobillity more. My work table is extremely high. I am 6'3'' tall, and I hate having to lean over all my saws and routers and such. So I made my working table high enough that I don't have to bend over. Its great for free hand routing, sanding, and assembly.

Like your design by the way. I am going to build a larger version for the back wall in my shop.
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post #30 of 49 Old 05-09-2010, 11:04 AM
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A simple fence can be made from Unistrut

http://www.unistrut.com/Browse/cat_d...?S=S02&P=P3000
and a bracket inside that slides and when tightened to the front face squares itself up similar to this idea:http://www.unistrut.com/Browse/cat_d...?S=S04&P=P4908

Looks like this:


The EZ Square Table Saw Rip Fence is the perfect aftermarket fence if you're serious about saving time and making straight cuts. The EZ Square Table Saw Fence was designed to be that dependable piece of equipment in your workshop that you can trust every time you use it. It takes a simple, no-frills approach that gets the job right every time.
The EZ Square Table Saw Fence fits most saw and some drilling may be required.
  • T-Slots on the fence top and front and back faces let you mount all sorts of accessories like Board Buddies and Featherboards.
  • The EZ Square Fence can be used right or left of the saw blade.
  • UHMW Face on both left and right faces means super smooth operation.
  • T-Track mounting of the fence rails means the fence rails can be adjuste

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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@Willie - Hey Neighbor! Didn't even notice that you were in St. Pete - very cool :) I'm in St. Pete all the time because my band practices off of 30th ave and US19 - and I'm just south of Gulf to Bay in Morningside - and I definitely drink beer hehe

@Colt - Thanks - I'm going to give it a chance for sure and if it is too tall then I'll go back to the retractable castors idea and work something out for that - I think I need it mobile with my small area

@Woodnthings - thanks for the unistrut idea - I'll see if I can find a place to buy that stuff and work out a fence idea - I do know where I can get some UMHW and that's a good idea for a face - thanks!

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@Willie - Hey Neighbor! Didn't even notice that you were in St. Pete - very cool :) I'm in St. Pete all the time because my band practices off of 30th ave and US19 - and I'm just south of Gulf to Bay in Morningside - and I definitely drink beer hehe

@Colt - Thanks - I'm going to give it a chance for sure and if it is too tall then I'll go back to the retractable castors idea and work something out for that - I think I need it mobile with my small area

@Woodnthings - thanks for the unistrut idea - I'll see if I can find a place to buy that stuff and work out a fence idea - I do know where I can get some UMHW and that's a good idea for a face - thanks!
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FWIW, I like where you are going with this thing. Looks like a good idea, especially considering the table saw you are working with. A couple of suggestions though...

#1. You are already looking into it, but an improved fence for the TS will help, a LOT...
#2. Miter slot extensions cut into the work top. The way you are set up you SERIOUSLY limit the function of the table saw...
#3. Folding caster brackets to allow you to use the setup mobile, and plop it down on the floor when you are where you want to go... The setup on my table saw isn't exactly the way you ought to go with your setup, but close enough you should be able to get some good ideas from it...


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Thanks for the link Willie - I'll definitely check the Unistrut out since it's so close!

I was watching an old NYWS where he made his crosscut slide and think I will make one of those too - which means I'll need the outfeed slots you're talking about dbhost :)

And a fence system is going to be a must - the clamp guide I *was* using has a little nub on the very end that interferes with it laying flat - there's no way I'm routing a channel on the table for the nub LOL

So I'm now seriously looking at making a fence system

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Just a quick update - not too much :)

but I wanted to show the dust collection thing I added before it gets covered up by something LOL

I don't have a "proper" dust collection system so this is my shopvac hose
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Hey guys! Here's an update - make some good progress on the workbench yesterday

I've also decided against putting in a router table - mainly because I was thinking about it and I already have a mac daddy router table with my CNC machine - all I need is a "jig" to be able to run boards manually - sometimes I just don't think things through LOL

I also figure I can use the CNC to joint a board (or boards) by clamping them down and running the gantry in one direction only (heck I could even do all the sides if I wanted) all I need is a quick and easy way to align and clamp boards down so I know they are somewhat parallel to the gantry - should be easy enough :)

So this workbench is just about done - I'm going to do a few more things (which I'll post here) but it's close!

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Didn't take long to fill 'er up!

Looks great, Work space ,Storage and DC !

Mobile too!!!

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Great Thread! I'm actually just starting to plan my new work-bench as well. My new bench is higher and has more storage.
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just a thought here. Make the bottom of the shelf for your chop saw removable, like a slide in panel, so you can also use your table saw in that location for cross cutting longer stock.
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Very nice! I'll be looking into building a bench sometime soon, and I like this design a lot. I'll have to keep it in mind...
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