Table Saw Work Bench

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Project by CutNRun posted 04-21-2008 06:30 PM 18768 views 47 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the concept of replacing the side table of my table saw with a work bench, like Powermatic has offered with their PM 2000 saw. I used 1 1/2” thick butcher block maple trimmed with a border of Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry). The vice faces, handles, and bench dogs are also Jatoba. The blind dovetails were my first attempt at hand-sawn dovetails. I chose a tough way to start. The Jatoba edging is 1 3/4” wide, which made for very deep dovetails. Jatoba is used for flooring for a reason; it is very tough and hard.

I also added two shelves under the work top to store my table saw jigs and sleds. Now on to projects to put it to good use.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#1 posted 04-21-2008 06:42 PM

That’s not a work bench, it’s a work of art.

Very very fine.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 06:47 PM

That is just ridiculously beautiful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 06:50 PM

Verry nice and saves on space, something i need

-- Mark from Deer Park, Texas

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#4 posted 04-21-2008 07:33 PM

what a great idea!

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#5 posted 04-21-2008 07:53 PM

After this, Powermatic, shmowermatic. Excellent craftsmanship!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#6 posted 04-21-2008 08:04 PM

Fantastic project- a great addition to a shop, when combined with TS you have the best of all worlds. Those dovetails are wonderful with that choice of wood and depth. NICE job!

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#7 posted 04-21-2008 08:10 PM

That is a great idea!

-- --Chuck

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#8 posted 04-21-2008 09:38 PM

The workbench as furniture! Great job. I hope to do a workbench on my TS someday.

-- Tom O'Neil, Celtic Saw Guy

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#9 posted 04-21-2008 10:02 PM

That is a wonderful project. I have been looking at the Powermatic for some time now and thought that this was a neat addition. You did well on this and I absolutely love the dovetails.

Nice job and I am sure you will enjoy this immensely.

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#10 posted 04-21-2008 10:29 PM

That is one great workbench addition, and a killer vice on the end.

Looks perfect.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 04-21-2008 10:33 PM

Very nice!

Thanks for the post


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#12 posted 04-21-2008 10:34 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. I am looking forward to putting the bench to good use. In particular, having a vise with bench dogs is something I have missed for some time. I debated about splurging for the Lee Valley Twin Screw vise, but just couldn’t part with the money. I ended up getting the two off shore screws for ~$30.00 each and turned the handles from left over Jatoba. The handle length is such that I can turn both handles together and they don’t hit. There is enough play between the two that I can have a little skewing from one side to the other in the vise.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#13 posted 04-21-2008 11:03 PM

Fantastic. You did a great job. I’d be afraid to work on it. My out feed table has a 1/4” piece of plywood on it to act as a sacrificial top. As it gets beat up or stained to the point I don’t like it I can simply back out a few small flat head screws and either flop it over or replace it entirely. Making bench dog holes in it symmetrical and evenly spaced allows me to do this without much fuss over location and also serves as a template for the holes if I want to replace the top.

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#14 posted 04-21-2008 11:22 PM

What a great idea and so beautifully done – nice job. Perfect use of waste space.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#15 posted 04-21-2008 11:41 PM

Man, that’s nice. What a great idea you stole and improved on. Excellent details, dovetails and all, and I love those dogs.

-- Happy woodworking!

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