Delta 36-650 Table saw cabinet with Dust collection and mobile Base

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Project by YouthfullMind posted 01-14-2018 04:57 PM 7658 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in desperate need of a new table saw. I had been using a ryobi job site saw that was okay for framing, but not much else. I was patient and watched the classifieds on a local site and found a Delta 36-650 for $225 and a T2 Fence for $100. I picked up both of the items and was very pleased, but I wanted to add some mobility and dust collection. I was inspired by Timbertailor on here and his approach to the same idea.

The base is built out of pine and 1/2 plywood reinforced with 1/2 dowels and braces. The cabinet portion is built out of 3/4” melamine panels. The rear closure is made out of 1/4” hardboard and magnets. I chose to connect the corners of the cabinet with a 45 deg bevel and a full length spline. I decided to use this as practice on this joint because I have it planned for another project in the near future.

Overall, the dust collection works really well. I have a little dust that comes off the blade towards me, but the typical dust pile under the saw has been eliminated. The mobile base works great so far and is easy to move around the shop.

If you’re interested in reading the long version of this build along with some more pictures, you can check it out on my blog youthfullmind.

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 08:16 PM

I’ll check out the blog later, been saying I would do this myself for too long now. Looks good.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 10:35 PM

Thanks for the comment. If you decide to build it, let me know if I can help.

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 11:08 PM

I have the material and design drawn. Probably just have passive collection on the bottom and build an overarm guard with DC.

The mobile base sticks out, does it get in the way of your feet?

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 01-15-2018 03:00 AM

Very unique design to cover the motor opening sending more dust to the collector rather than out the back. Being in the middle of a similar build I am going to borrow this approach once I get to that stage. Like Rick_M suggested I went with a passive system that drops the sawdust into a drawer for each saw. Have used this for years on my single TS and cannot complain about its performance.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-15-2018 04:34 PM

This is a very nice setup. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-16-2018 11:04 PM

Nicely done!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#7 posted 01-21-2018 02:38 PM

Nice job Y’M’. AT first glance I didn’t pay much attention because of the coloured base… but on further inspection realised it was painted timber and it looks really good.

Don’t know what possessed me to read your “long version” as I loathe reading… however, in strict right handed mindset I inadvertently linked to your ”Sort of New Table Saw” splurge. Honed in on your statement of ”no splitter or riving knife” which always arouses my attention. I then also noticed in the above pictures you still have what appears to be the original red steel insert. This made me drag out one of my more shapely pictures to prepare you for my forthcoming sermon,

May I suggest a timber ZCI, that way you can insert your own splitter… It’s not a fully fledged riving knife, but that splitter could save your bacon over and over. If you are lost for ideas, a good start could be the MJ Splitter (if only for ideas and not necessarily purchase). If you don’t always do full through cuts then have a backup ZCI for that job only and put back the “splittered ZCI” immediately afterwards.

Personally a splitter (and a riving knife is an upmarket splitter) is a must for all tablesaws… Naturally most lower end saws don’t come adorned with one, however, that should not preclude its user from fabricating one.

Back on solid ground now… must go and stop my nose bleed from such dizzy heights.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 01-22-2018 02:57 PM

Thanks for the comments LBD. I actually haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I have a splitter from my old table saw that almost bolts on directly. I just need to trim one of the corners on the splitter to make it fit, but I haven’t been able to find the wrench to change my grinder wheel. I’ll get after it this week. Thanks for the reminder!

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