Table Saw? Router? or Work Bench?

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Project by puzzled posted 03-23-2009 03:19 PM 28493 views 31 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What are the two things that almost every wood worker needs more of….if you said tools and space you are correct. I had the tools but I don’t have the space right now. I had a bench top table saw but the table wasn’t as big as I would have liked. I needed a router table and a work bench, so I decided to combine the three and this is what I came up with. The top is 32”x72” built with 3/4” maple ply and trimmed in oak; the base is built with 2”x6” pine and it roles on 3” locking casters. Here are the different parts…Old bench top table saw, Delta T2 fence, Incra V27 Mitre Gauge w/ Incra tracks, Freud router w/ Pinnacle plate. It took me about a week to finish the project. Thanks for looking.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 03:22 PM

The answer to your question in the subject line is clearly YES!
Great job.

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 03:26 PM

Looks like a very practical solution to a real problem. Of course, now you’ll need to clean off the bench to use the table saw, but you probably had that problem already with a bench TS. Looks good!

-- Chris

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#3 posted 03-23-2009 03:28 PM

Great job! Do you use an extension face on the miter gauge since the slot is farther from the blade?

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#4 posted 03-23-2009 04:17 PM

nicely done!

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

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#5 posted 03-23-2009 04:34 PM

It really solved your space issue. I can`t wait to see it.
I know alot of thought went in to it.
Great execution also!

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#6 posted 03-23-2009 05:13 PM

Well planned an good workmanship.



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#7 posted 03-23-2009 09:43 PM

wow, and I thought my TS/router combo was good ( well…. actually, I really like it ) and original. Nice job!

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#8 posted 03-24-2009 03:31 AM

Nice solution to the space problem. Better solution to the small table of table saw problem.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 03-24-2009 03:44 AM

That is absolutely brilliant… nicely done!

-- Ryno

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#10 posted 03-25-2009 06:11 PM

That is awesome. Very well done!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 03-26-2009 03:40 PM

I’m in the same position and have been contemplating exactly what you have built for some time now. Thank you for building it, it looks great!

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#12 posted 04-10-2009 05:00 PM

great design, I myself am lookng for space saving/ dual purpose equipment. Did you do a plan for it? how did you arrive at your measurements. I would like to try to build it.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#13 posted 08-13-2009 12:26 AM

Thats a great design!

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#14 posted 11-07-2009 01:57 PM

What is the brand of your tablesaw??? very nice job!!!

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#15 posted 03-18-2011 06:33 AM

This is exactly what I need… What’s the under side of the table top look like? Do you have any problems with racking?

-- Have tools, will work for wood.

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