Table Saw Workstation, Craftsman 113.xx #1: Step 1 Complete

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Blog entry by DSnyder posted 10-05-2012 06:11 AM 30754 reads 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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1. Start
2. Finish!

So…I got the fence installed on my new table saw workstation today, and realized that I am way behind on sharing this. The problem is, any time I get on LJ I end up looking at other people’s cool stuff!

This is not an exhaustive list of the resources and references I utilized, but these are the ones that I bookmarked and came back to several times. Some of the other ‘table saw workstations’ on this site are RIDICULOUSLY drool-worthy. My goal was to incorporate as many of the cool features as I could, within reason.

I forgot to take “before” pictures showing how bad of shape this saw was in when I got it, but I did find one showing the top in-progress. The vintagemachinery link above is pretty close to how it started, except the top of mine had been painted silver long ago, and mine had no vice grips on the handle. First, I made some zero clearance throat plates while I gathered steam to work on the top. Then the top was scraped, sanded, and waxed. Next upgrades were the usual… machined pulleys, PALS system, and link belt. Then I ordered the Delta T2 fence system and went to work designing a workstation that it could go on. (I do have sketchup files to share later.)

After I got the design nailed down well enough to make some cuts, I bought the material and started making dust. The base is made of 3/4” plywood with a 2×4 torsion boxish setup underneath it for support. These materials came from the local Big Blue. (Two sheets of 3/4” MDF and 1 sheet of 3/4” ply, most of the 2×4’s I already had on hand.) Then I ordered some casters on ebay and I am very pleased with them. Probably overkill, but I didn’t want a wheel to be the weakest link. The other purchase that pleasantly surprised me was the screws – SPAX MDF screws from the BORG. This was my first time working with MDF in a non-closet-trim application, and I saw a positive review on these somewhere. I will echo it here… they absolutely rock! Most parts were assembled with glue and screws, some with glue and finish nails. I will post more on the design later at some point. For now, here is a pic of the progress through today, and a link to the full album. All I lack now is finishing!

Link to Photobucket Album


-- “I am a soul. I have a body.” Lloyd C. Douglas

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 10:52 AM

Looks good! You’ll be glad you spent the time on the features you incorporated, as you enjoy them for years to come.

Love your sig; I couldn’t agree more.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 01:46 PM

Lookin’ good ! Enjoy using it Mr. Snyder, don schneider, porchfish, @ porchfish stiudio, havana fl.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 08:41 PM

Yes, yes.. I likes it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 09:23 PM

I love the step-by-step images within the Photobucket link. I only wish Photobucket allowed for comments to accompany each photo – so some commentary could have been included with each step-by-step photo. :(

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#5 posted 12-18-2013 11:04 PM

If DSnyder is still around . . .

Any chance you could post the various dimensions of your creation?

Specifically, I’d like to know the dimensions of the base and table top.


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#6 posted 12-19-2013 05:30 AM

Yes. The finished product has a top that is 76” x 28” and the base cabinet is 24” x 72”. I will try to track down the sketchup file over the holidays, take some better photos and post the end result as a project.

-- “I am a soul. I have a body.” Lloyd C. Douglas

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 05:57 PM

THANK YOU, Lloyd !!! – That was exactly what I was wanting to know.

Will still be looking forward to seeing the additional pics and the sketch-up file (if you can locate it).


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