Table saw upgrade #4: Another step, more things learned

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Blog entry by dedalo posted 05-21-2011 11:54 PM 7261 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you can see in my “table saw upgrade” history, I took this with a lot of time, becouse I’m not so sure of what I wonted and more important, WHAT I NEEDED.

I’m glad I did not rush to the worcenter, I changed my mind a lot using the saw on every step, so the final project keeps changing.

After working a little with the saw in the last configuration I took the decition to sale it and buy a new saw, the main reasons where

1.- it was a piece of crap
2.- the miter channels were not standard
3.- the saw has a “sideplay” I could not solve because of the lack of trunions to adjust.

Even with this decition I could not buy a saw of the type you are used on the states or even in other countries, here the only saws you may get on a budget are contractor saws, the other ones are rated industrial and are imposible to buy by a hobbist.

I choose the dewalt dw745 simply becouse is the ONLY ONE in argentina with “standard” size miter channels so I can use incra miter gauges :D

then I started thinking on build something like this

so a new prototype began… I love using this aluminium profiles, I can play with them on diferent configurations to see how the final system will be…

I made a small frame to support the saw

setting up the saw and the routr in the right side

this is how the saw is supported

ready for the next project

I made a box (will post it later) using this configuration and learned some things:

1.- I don’t like the router on the right side, the positioner base is there so I have little space when I put the wonder fence, I will move it to the left
2.- I don´t like the “rails” where the fence slide to be part of the table structure, it is very difficult to setup the hole system and keep the rails square with the miter channels and the saw in general.

The next step will change the configuration…
the main important thing is that I will support the saw but the rails will be attached to the saw and not to the support frame

PD: I’m sorry the garage mess shows up in the photos… need to put some order there…


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#1 posted 05-22-2011 02:14 AM

Hi Rodrigo,

WHen I saw the first photograph, first thing i thought: Router on the right side won´t work for me. I´m accustomed to step in the front side. It seems that I have much more control.

The aluminium extrusions provide a sky rocket look. Have you seen Jeff´s router table?

I´ve been trying to find those extrusions. Where you got them?

The DW is a Copernican change compared to the other one. Been there don that !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 02:40 AM

Hi fernando!

When used the configuration with the router on the right ended puting the incra positioner on the other side… so changing from router to saw whas a pain…

Thanks for the link to jeff’s RT, that´s a great configuration! I will have to buy a lot of alluminium! (all the AL we have in argentina, I´m importing this from europe…, we are paying more transport than real value)

It took me a while, but now I’ve learned that everything I may need is INDUSTRIAL, so I go to EMAHQ catalogues… the bosch rexroth are the better you can find in argentina and for me LINEARTEC is the best choice, they sell by the length, don´t need for minimal buy, they sell to the end user and the customer care is very good (had very poor experiences with other firms)

I will definitelly source from them when I make my home CNC (it will come some day :D )


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