Table Saw station #1: Planning and Mock Up

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Blog entry by PatesWoodshop posted 08-22-2017 01:29 PM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I own a cheap little table saw that only has about 18 inches of clearance to the right of the blade and wanted to be able to rip down wider pieces. I initially looked at aftermarket fence systems but the only ones I could find were in the neighborhood of 300 bucks. That wasn’t in the budget and a shiny new saw wasn’t either.

I watched a video on Youtube where a guy built his own table saw and used T-Track to make a fence. Seeing the price of T-Track was much more within my comfort zone I decided to build my existing table saw in to a work table and build a fence connected to the table with T-Track.

I had some pieces of melamine covered mdf in my garage that was going to be thrown away at work which I thought would make a nice low friction table top.

The sheets I have are 9ft x 3ft. I cut this one down to 6×3 for my table top.

I wanted the tablesaw surrounded on 3 sides by the counter so I came in 6 inches from the left side and made my first cut. Using the measurements of the tablesaw top, I cut out a space for the saw to sit inside. The top of the 3 cuts was my first time making a plunge cut with a circular saw and I was a bit nervous but I think it turned out alright.

Various shots of the saw fitting in the cut out.

Saw with the base removed.

This is the initial mock up to visualize how this would all go together. Once this was mocked up, all of the joints were disassembled and replaced with half-lap joints for strength. My goal is to make the frame fairly strong so once it’s all put together I don’t really have to mess with it again.

This is all still really rough. I haven’t installed a real shelf for the saw to rest on, or installed the bolts into it to be able to adjust the saw height to be flush with the table top. The next entry will be assembling the frame and mounting the saw to the shelf.

Nothing ground breaking happening here but the goal is to make something that I can use to further what I can accomplish in my shop. Many of these tables have been made before, this is just how I’m doing it with the materials I have available.

I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my ramblings. With any luck someone may find them useful :)

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools.

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