Table saw is now mobile

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 04-24-2013 12:24 AM 2416 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop (our garage) is basically the only storage room we have in the house. The attic is ridiculously small (and already full) and now that we are about to have kid #2, that cancels out another one of our spare bedrooms for storage space. I’ve been wanting to make a roll around frame to set my table saw on for a while now to create extra space, but never had the extra money to pick up some caster wheels. It’s not like they are expensive or anything, but with 1 child, 1 on the way, 1 income, a house and a car, things are tight. We got a little money back from taxes so I used a little bit to finally get some casters and such.

I still had two leftover 2×4’s from the worktable I built last summer. I used them and made some half-lap joints on the table saw.

Man, a dado stack would have been awesome. My forearm and wrist on my left arm are sore now from having to hold the workpiece so tight for so long against the miter gauge.

Then I glued them together.

Then I drilled holes for lag bolts and screwed the casters in. I just used wing nuts to secure the table saw to the frame. The 2×4’s had bowed up pretty good after sitting for several months so they didn’t match up quite as well as I would have liked, but I got them as best as I could.

So, nothing fancy, but my wife is happy about the extra room. I can just roll it out wherever I need it.

Table saw in the way:

Table saw out of the way:

I don’t currently have any dust collection set-up, so I’m pretty excited about being able to roll it outside this summer for smaller projects that don’t require an outfeed table. Less sweeping and clean up for me.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 04-24-2013 12:42 AM

Great idea. You are going to love being able to role it outside and use it there. I wish more of my tools were mobile. Have fun and congrats on the next kid. I have four and am single… so I know how tight things are. So you can understand why I like to use recycled lumber :) I’m all about free wood!

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#2 posted 04-24-2013 01:47 AM

Congrats and have you started that crib yet?

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 04-24-2013 04:20 AM

Rock and Roll. Nice inexpensive build.
This was one of my best cheap dust collectors for my contractor saw….......................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 04-24-2013 09:56 AM

NormG: We are actually using the same crib from our first daughter which is from before I started woodworking.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 03:00 AM

Stupid question: Why didn’t you use your crosscut sled to make the cuts?

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 10:17 AM

Kobra: you know, I thought about that after I had already gotten started, but by that time I already had the fence and the height of the blade set just right and I didn’t feel like readjusting. I had cut some tenons this way before I had the crosscut sled and when I first thought of doing half laps this was the just the first method that popped in my head. Didn’t even think about the sled until later.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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