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Lengthy Evolution of my Ugly Duckling Tablesaw…

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 04-14-2020 03:19 PM 948 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

This is not a lesson in beauty therapy but rather the evolution of my tablesaw. The incentive was practicality, rather than cosmetics and has been a story building up for about 12 years.

Circa 2008, I decided to upgrade my Triton 2000 Work Centre

just after I decked out my newly constructed workshop at my previous residence in Richmond,

for a Carba-Tec contractors saw,

added a heavy duty mobile base (bought) and a uninspirational front board to store some basic tools.

Within the first week of ownership, the original crappy fence was replaced by a biesemeyer style fence combined with a Wixey Digital Fence guide.

While I was on that “crappy roll”, it was time to replace the crappy stand with a shop-built mobile base,

The TS had a sliding tabletop which I rigged out to accommodate an Incra mitre set in its mitre slot. I screwed a stop piece of aluminium,

While the Incra fence permitted the pushing of the slider,

I attached a piece of aluminium to permit pulling it back,

Fairly soon I realised that if it had to be on a mobile base, why not make one to house an on-board shop-vac (that was dedicated to the TS at the time) and use the support box for storage,

with the base, I could enhance the TS and build a dedicated on-board outfeed table. Built a support frame,

rigged it out to secure the hinges to the frame in the right spot and correct height,

Attached the outfeed table. The holes were drilled to minimise weight and not for dogs,

two larger holes drilled to access the hinge mechanism from the top.

Some of the more observant viewers may have noticed the foot operated switch on the front LHS of the base. The power switch is turned on and the power to the TS is controlled by the foot operated switch, leaving both hands free to handle the stock. If you didn’t, you are permitted to go back and have a look.

Around about this time I started toying around with a jig to simplify fitting of the blade guard… I quickly abandoned this stupid idea and wrote about it in one of my Stupid Ideas blog. Started using the MJ-Splitter with my ZCIs for the TS.

Over time, the RHS of the TS was decked out with MDF to serve as a mini assembly table,

This was eventually upgraded to a fully functional router table with the TS fence, however, minus dust extraction. I designed some templates using Sketchup and cut on the laser to cut the hole to house the router lifter assembly,

Power for the router was pimped out using a foot pedal powerboard. The foot switch was mounted in a timber receptacle

to permit bump operation,

or foot operation,

The biesemeyer style fence was eventually fitted with my go-to Jess-Em Clear-Cut TS guides and made extensive use of mag-switches and 3D printed featherboards,

I was getting sick and tired of all my push sticks sitting on the tabletop and all my accessories piled haphazardly on the base,

and though some storage facility was called for.

Like most conscientious woodies, I made a bee-line to my scrap-bin and when I saw that the cupboard was bear, nothing too big, fewer too small and absolutely lacking in sizes just right, that bee-line turned into a pilgrimage to our local hardware outlet, Bunnings.

Armed with some 16mm MDF sheets (Honda CRV fit size) and 12mm shiplap lining boards (for drawers), home self-delivered and hit SketchUp,

the push stick storage was sent to the laser,

Down in the workshop, made up the carcass box and laminated the laser cut pieces using alignment dowels to make the push stick drawer… assembled the two components,

and tried the push stick fit…

smiles.

Use the 12mm lining boards to make some drawers and attached them using stainless slides, fitted them to them carcass and bolted all to the mobile base,

populated the drawers,

Push sticks.

readied for use,

The push sticks come in 3 thickness flavours,
  1. 3mm
  2. 8mm
  3. 19mm
  4. 8mm to fit under featherboards for thin/narrow stock (and I cant count).

While toying around with the TS during the COVID-19 crisis lockdown, I realised that I didn’t allow for my Incra mitre fence. Rigged up some pieces of wood to hang it on the side of the box,

After this lengthy journey, it’s easy to forget that it was a cheap contractors saw at the time… however, in its defense, Carba-Tec stopped selling it many years ago as it was considered far too much value for the money and after the supplier re-evaluated their manufacturing cost, Carba-Tec considered any revised realistic retail cost too inhibitive… makes one realise how we are taken for a ride far too often if the mistake discovered is not in the vendors’ favour.

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





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Andre

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#1 posted 04-14-2020 03:28 PM

Proof once again that you can almost always make a ugly duckling into something retativtly functional:)
Can never have too many push sticks!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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SuperCubber

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#2 posted 04-14-2020 04:12 PM

That was a fun read! Looks like you’ve made some nice enhancements to that saw. Thanks for posting.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 04-14-2020 04:49 PM

Some very nice enhancments to make for a plesant time in the Shop.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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pottz

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#4 posted 04-14-2020 04:50 PM

now if you look up rube goldberg a picture of your table saw comes up duckie,and well it should.now i dont know how many push sticks and micro jig grippers a man needs but i think you might have enough.but i expect no less from you either. ;-/

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 04-14-2020 05:13 PM

Where is the Carba-Tec contractors saw? ;)

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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jkm312

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#6 posted 04-14-2020 10:10 PM

I enjoyed reading about the pilgrimage you made with your saw. There can’t be another one like it.
My Craftsman radial arm saw has a similar story. I milled some v grooves in a piece go .625 aluminum bar stock and attached some steel rod in the grooves. Bolted that up to the original track and now that saw cuts 32” off of the front fence. There is some simple satisfaction in making something fly when it was only intended to walk.

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Foghorn

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#7 posted 04-15-2020 12:24 AM

Ha! Love it. A great evolution. I can identify on a lower level. Love your push sticks. Most of mine get sacrificed and aren’t near as purdy. Might have to build a few beauties for the chicks to ogle over. :)

-- Darrel

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Foghorn

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#8 posted 04-15-2020 12:26 AM


Ha! Love it. A great evolution. I can identify on a lower level. Love your push sticks. Most of mine get sacrificed and aren t near as purdy. Might have to build a few beauties for the chicks to ogle over. :) My apologies if that last comment was offensive to the ladies on this forum. I’m an old guy that is learning.

- Foghorn


-- Darrel

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 04-15-2020 01:36 AM

Thanks guys for all your kind comments… was hoping that I just might give someone some ideas that they may not have considered.
I feel somewhat ashamed with the appearance of my presentation when compared to some of the master pieces beautifying other members’ TS, but I strive for functionality in the workshop after wasting far too much time in the past on appearance.
In the past I used to practice on workshop stuff, but I believe I reached the time where no amount of practice will make me better so no more workshop beauties.. except for maybe a page 3 girlie or two.


... Most of mine get sacrificed and aren t near as purdy. Might have to build a few beauties for the chicks to ogle over. :)
- Foghorn
Foggy, I laser cut my push sticks and re-cycle the dowel-attached-handles, so I can crank a new one out in about 2 minutes (on demand)... Having a selection of thicknesses, they tend to last and not get chewed up. Nevertheless, if you want a few beauties, check out tyvekboy's push stick.

... I milled some v grooves in a piece go .625 aluminum bar stock and attached some steel rod in the grooves. Bolted that up to the original track and now that saw cuts 32” off of the front fence. There is some simple satisfaction in making something fly when it was only intended to walk.
- jkm312

Never too late to post a project jmk312... Unless you are one of the fortunates that still have a job. Nowdays you might have some spare time up your sleeve… unless of course you have a more constructive project in the mill…
Just note there’s a difference between spare time and free (as in no cost) time.
Every project post has the potential to give someone some sort of inspiration, if not in design, perhaps in execution.

Where is the Carba-Tec contractors saw? ;)
- Dutchy

Moved it under my drill press… ran out of room on that new base’s cluttered storage box.

... i dont know how many push sticks and micro jig grippers a man needs but i think you might have enough.but i expect no less from you either. ;-/
- pottz

C’mon pottzy... you know I’m more fake than a 56” boob job. I have push sticks/blocks/grippers at my bandsaw, jointer, router table, and even the loo with the dunny paper shortage… as I’m too bloody lazy to walk to get one. All those were amassed for the picture shoot taken long before the social isolation rule came into affect with the compliments of 19.

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

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 04-15-2020 05:18 AM

WOW Duck, that cute little saw looks crushed under a ton of refinements. Hopefully she doesn’t pancake out.

Seriously that chest for all of your safety minded objects, jigs and whatnots is impressive for any saw setup. Looks like a lot of finger saving firepower at your fingertips, not to mention storage for the swapables.

-- Think safe, be safe

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 04-15-2020 07:55 AM



..... that cute little saw looks crushed under a ton of refinements…..
- therealSteveN

Funny you should mention that trSN, it’s been a while, but I’ve stopped referring to it as a cotractor saw and consider it a full blown one… I have to keep reminding myself of it’s real pissant stature every time I psych myself up to buy a Sawstop.

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

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Ivan

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#12 posted 04-15-2020 08:33 AM

Man , I love that stuff!... Very good looking progress!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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tt1106

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#13 posted 04-15-2020 12:43 PM

Very cool. Practicality is more important than beauty. PS. not that it’s not beautiful. ;)

-- -Todd

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 04-15-2020 06:27 PM

Thanks maj and tt’, I’m sure we all do similar to some of our machines…
With this one, I thought I’d post it’s progress after seeing a picture of what it looked like when I bought it and now… as I don’t consider it a small contractor’s saw anymore.
I think Dutchy summed it up perfectly… when he asked where’s the saw?

And hell, next to me anything is purdy

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

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pottz

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#15 posted 04-16-2020 12:31 AM

did i ever tell you your like a god to me (on my knees bowing to a picture of you with candles burning) :-\

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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