Setting up my new small shop #1: Table for my dewalt 745

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Blog entry by htl posted 06-17-2017 05:39 PM 1500 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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New to me house so also new to me small stand alone shop. 10’x20’
I need to do all my wood working sitting down so need a short table, I also want everything I do close by so I don’t have to move around much.
In the last 2 years my wood working has turned into model building & toys, which I must say is where my love of wood working has always been.
Even years ago [1985] when I had a small two man cabinet shop building cabinets for Apple Bees and the like when I had free time I always made time to build toys [rocking horses and toys that have moving parts].

Now back to the shop.
In my last garage shop I had scrounged up some super heavy desk tops and solid core doors for my table tops, and they worked just fine but when I needed to get behind them to clean up or just move to cut larger parts it could be a pain so this time all my tables will be made of 3/4 plywood which I get thanks to an old friend who has a cabinet shop and lots of scraps. lol

So here’s my short table saw for the Dewalt saw 745, plus I also use my miter saw a lot and have it set up at the same height so I can use the table saw fence as my stop block on the miter saw.

I will be adding a shelf to the back of the saw to hold my end cuts, I hate it when wood falls behind the saw while cutting.

Please notice that the miter saw bench top is clamped to the main bench so I can move it from side to side if needed.

Here’s the fence being used as a stop block.

These casters from Home Depot work really well.

I still need to insulate and wire the shop but lets get settled in and get the feel for my new shop first.

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#1 posted 06-19-2017 04:09 PM

Clever idea using the table saw fence as your miter saw stop. Figuring out multiple purposes for tools and how to combined them is the hallmark of small shop creativity. Well done.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#2 posted 06-19-2017 09:26 PM

Thanks Magaoitin
I should add that the fence can be turned around in like 30 seconds to use with wider lumber.

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