My tablesaw

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Project by russv posted 10-24-2009 05:25 PM 5405 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, let’s talk Tablesaw. I bought a Rigid TS2424 contractors saw several years ago. I wanted to make it better since it would never leave my shop. I wanted it to have storage, an Incra fence system, a router table built in, and dust collection. I also wanted to be able to move it easily but have it level and stable when I use it. The top needed to be large enough to handle full sheets of plywood.

I looked at every magazine and plan I could find. Here is the result. I’ve used it for about 7 years now and have been really happy with it. I’m in my second shop with it (moved once, a story for another time) and it fits this shop’s needs as well. I basically built three cabinets and bolted them together. The dimensions of the saw are 74”L x 27”D x 37”H. I made a caster system that lifts up so it sets on some heavy duty levelers or put down to roll it around. There is dust control on the back for both the TS & router table. I have plenty of drawer storage and peg board hanging space. I also mounted a cheap jigsaw on a plate and use it in my router table to do cutouts that can’t be done on my bandsaw or scrollsaw.

more to come

-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#1 posted 10-24-2009 05:33 PM

Nice I like the design

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 10-24-2009 05:34 PM

Very creative!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-24-2009 05:45 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I plan to use a router table as a saw extension as well, and bolting the three cabinets together, kinda in a modular fashion, makes it a more manageable project. What mechanism do you use for moving your casters? Can’t make it out.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 10-24-2009 06:03 PM

I’m planning almost the same thing to the same saw in the next 90 days. Couple questions;

I was going to put my router to the right of the blade. Any reason for you choosing the left?

I see you did away with the original cast iron wings. In hindsight, was that necessary, good or bad?


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#6 posted 10-24-2009 06:06 PM

Jim in AK,
it was a variation of an article I saw in a magazine. can’t remember where.

the swivel casters are mounter on a 25 1/2”x5” plywood and mounted underneath with one lag bolt on each end thru the cabinet base. the bolts are off center so the board will pivot. the height at which this board is mounted is determined by the caster height. with the board level, the casters will hold the end of the cabinet up. when pivoted up the casters will raise up and the cabinet lowers onto levelers. I’vee seen this done with a board and hinges somewhere also. anyway. i attach another board perpendicular to the caster board as a lever and this board is the one you see sticking out of the end of the cabinet. this board when pushed down and to the right it goes into the slot and holds the caster board level so the casters are carrying the weight. when not raised, this board will pivot underneath and out of the way.

i took the wings off the left to give me a router table top and on the right it cover the the right cabinet and I get one more drawer rather than fitting under the wing.

right or left is really a preference. The incra fence slides over the saw blade to the left so I can use it and slide back and use the saw without removing or lowering the router bit. I also can use a clamp on fence on the router and set up the saw with the incra and they won’t interfere with each other. if on the right, I think the router would interfere more and would have to be lowered to use the saw fence (at least with the incra system).


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#7 posted 10-24-2009 06:28 PM

Thanks russv.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 10-24-2009 08:39 PM

Nice set up!

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#9 posted 10-24-2009 09:04 PM

Beautiful design, well thought-out, and really well executed.

I think it’s one of those “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” to ‘begin with the end in mind.’

I like that concept.

It’s clear in your project that you really put some thought into what your needs would be, and then did a great job of engineering and building to meet those needs.

Big congrats to you for pulling that off so elegantly!

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 10-24-2009 09:16 PM

Makes for a great storage area in a short amount of space. Great Job.
You might want to know their was a recall on Rigid Table saws due the arbor coming off during dado’s.
I heard about this about a month ago, so it might be worth checking out.
I don’t if it’s only certain models or all of them.

-- Eric, Illinois,

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#11 posted 10-25-2009 01:24 AM

That looks awsome.
I made a plate for my jig saw and used it alot until I got a band saw.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#12 posted 10-25-2009 02:25 AM

Nice functional design—efficient. I added to my list of ideas for table saw tables. I’m working on convincing the Mrs that I need a bigger and better table saw so I can make a table for the table saw… uh, sometimes things are just difficult to explain…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 10-25-2009 02:45 AM

Wow. Wish I had a bigger shop and I would do the same thing. Every thing looks like it has it’s own place and very convenient to get to. One heck of a nice design. Thanks for posting this. Gives me some ideas to hang on to.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 10-25-2009 05:18 AM


when I built this, I had a 36’x26’ shop. I have since then sold that house and now my shop is 22’x22’. you ain’t having no fun until you stuff a 5 lb. bag with 10 lbs. of . . . . well you know.


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#15 posted 10-25-2009 09:27 AM

Hey Russv,
Very good mult-functional mobile work center…....sweet job….well done.

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