Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional #3: Table saw base

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-29-2014 07:49 PM 1613 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my quest to redo the shop better after 5 years of beating it up.

Heated the shop for a short while today. I took my old delta/rockwell 10” table saw off the metal legs and put it on this base I made today. The locking wheels on the other base made the saw too high. I brought this one low, the same height as a bench would be for me, 34”. The outfeed/assembly table I’ll make next will be the same height. So will the new movable miter saw table. Everkthing is made of 3/4” plywood and 2×10’s sliced up and straightened for framing. Very cost effective way to build but still it seems to add up too much.
This saw isn’t anything special but I almost always only rip with it. It’s a lumber straightener after I’ve jointed it. All cross cutting is done with my Bosch 12” compound slider.
After this I’ve got to finish taping some sheetrock, do some painting, install better dust collection conduit and move tools around now that I got that wall workbench out of the way. Along with that a lot of other odds and ends.
The corners are just decorative molding. It’s heavily framed inside with glue and screws. Good thing too; moving this from one base to another was a hoot.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 07:58 PM

looks great Daniel

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 08:20 PM

gee dan i hope you didnt hurt your back moving the saw, i like the new roll around you put it on. when your all done with your changes, you will have a new shop to work in, this change is going to give you a better shop, one you feel good about.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 08:59 PM

How do like that delta/rockwell 10” table saw ? I keep seeing them come up on Craigs List with some pretty good prices and wondered how good they are.
Nice looking base for it bye the way.

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 10:26 PM

Great way to start the year off.

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 10:30 PM

I like it Dan, looks good. I have that table saw also. Good saw, lousy fence. But I make it work.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 04:37 AM

looks like you’re making progress! I bet it is cold where you are today. Did you see the snarled traffic in Atlanta, with the road ice?

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 09:13 PM

for those asking about the saw. It’s a 10” purchased in the mid 80’s. Since I almost only use it for ripping stuff I can’t speak for using it as a finish tool. It handles wood well. It seems to have enough power to do so. My nephew has the sawstop 1.75 hp contractors saw. I must say that compared to mine it seems to have a bit more power. I don’t cut much thicker stuff than 1” hard wood. Ripping 2×4’s and other soft woods isn’t much of an issue. I keep my blade sharp to help. And if I invested in a good ripping blade I’d probably notice a difference. Right now I’m using a combination blade as i sometimes need to crosscut or do plywood. I’ve certainly put it through it’s paces. I’ve alway kept it running on a dedicated #12 or #10 wire to keep the motor from straining to much.
I’ve been wondering if i changed out a pulley on the motor for a slightly smaller one if it might change the mechanical advantage. It would slow the blade down a little but give it more power. Anyway, the fence works fine for ripping wood. It’s a heavy beast for it’s size, lost of cast iron and a very heavy gear system. For those looking at them on craigslist, the original price back then was about $500.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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