Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) #6: Electric power

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Blog entry by Garry posted 12-29-2013 04:30 PM 6166 reads 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Mounting the table saw Part 6 of Ultimate Mobile Woodworking Bench (UMWB) series Part 7: Testing the dust separator »

Being mobile, the table is dependent on power from a garage outlet so I installed a flexible line with a plug to connect the table’s electric system to a power cord. “Old work” boxes worked great and luckily the table cutouts were exactly the right size. The system is sized at 20 amps although it probably only needs 15 amps. I routinely start the tablesaw with the vacuum running with no trouble. I’ve only tripped the breaker or GFI once or twice when ripping some nasty lumber that kept trying to bind the blade.

This feeds power to outlets for general use and dedicated outlets for the tablesaw and router.

The space between the table saw and the work surface table is the perfect location to make the outlets and switches accessible yet protected.

The system also feeds switched outlets for the vacuum and the compressor.

The table saw will use the standard paddle switch and I’ve ordered a similar one for the router. I considered having a switch that turns on the vacuum at the same time, but since I would want it to work with the tablesaw, router and other tools, I thought it would quickly get too complicated. Since the vacuum switch is convenient, it’s little trouble to turn it on manually. Plus it reminds me to make sure the air gates are correctly positioned for the tool I’m using.

Next I’ll be working on the final positioning of the table and completing the router cabinet/tablesaw extension.

-- Garry, woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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