My table saw setup

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Project by SquareWood posted 02-27-2014 09:26 PM 3212 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After buying a used cabinets around Christmas time. I tried selling my old contractor saw. After getting lowballed by everybody on craigslist I decided to keep it. While I was trying to sell it on craigslist I decided to put my dado blade in it and use it. This was great timesaver. I loved not having to switch blades. I wanted to add a router table to my table saw eventually. I measured the old saw and there was about a 1/8 of an inch difference. I drilled some holes and bolted the saw up to each other, it does not look factory. Then I made a simple router table to the right. I need to do a little tweaking with dust collection now but I recommend this set up to anyone. This is perfect for the work I do.

Two saws in one.

Brian Jenkins


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#1 posted 02-27-2014 09:56 PM

Two saws in one – You scored a hole-in-one!
Nice setup with a common fence for all the saws and the router, pretty sweet.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 11:21 PM

That’s pretty cool. One question, won’t you be putting a lot of stress on the guide rails? I know they are beefy, but gravity takes it’s toll… maybe add a small support bridge under your contractor saw to avoid that???

I wish I had that much room to put two together, I’ll be getting a saw stop as my next saw, so my contractor saw will be free’d up.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 02-28-2014 01:46 AM

Sweet setup Brian !

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#4 posted 02-28-2014 01:54 AM

That is a good idea. Better than “giving” it way.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 02-28-2014 04:37 AM

Wow, I wish I had the space to do that. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 02-28-2014 04:53 AM

Great idea, filed away for reference.

When I retired my old craftsman (NOT crapsman) I converted it to a decicated dado saw too, lowered the stand so it slid under the New saw. Worked well then in terms of efficiency, not so much these days,

Back then I was doing a lot of kitchens, and the corner cabinets required some fitting, the two saws made it quick and it just sits there,

Love the Router table at the end too! The all in one! and the fence does trippple duty. Exquisite.
Thanks for the inspiration to free up some more shop real-estate.



-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#7 posted 02-28-2014 02:09 PM

Nice setup! I like the time saving idea by not changing blades and the quick fence setup. And if you don’t mind using the fence on the left you wouldn’t even need to lower the blade to get the fence setup for most dado cuts. I like it!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#8 posted 02-28-2014 02:43 PM

Great idea!!!! How did you fasten the router part to the TS? I’m thinking about a similar setup. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 02-28-2014 02:53 PM

Very nice! And super efficient!

-- Dennis, WV

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#10 posted 02-28-2014 03:01 PM

The router table is just an old cabinet shelf. I screwed a small strip of wood to the left side and just used some small c-clamps to hold it to the TS. The right side is siting on the legs of the extension fence.

The fence rails are strong and I don’t think the little saw that weighs about 75 pounds will bend a steel L beam. It is bolted to the vertical part of the L. The saw and router sit in a opening that is 27 inches from the cabinet saw to the legs to the right.

Thank you for the kind words everyone


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#11 posted 02-28-2014 04:34 PM

That will definitely make your shop more efficient. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 02-28-2014 06:55 PM

Very nice. I am curious to why is the BIG saw still on wheels. Do you really move this entire amalgamation around?

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#13 posted 02-28-2014 08:07 PM

I have the saw up on the wheels because I am 6 foot 5. I don’t move it at all.


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#14 posted 02-28-2014 09:03 PM

If you only had another two feet on the left for the barbecue set up you would be onto a real winner LOL seriously you have agreat idea there many people here wish they could have access to a dado head never mind having one ready built in wow that is cooking by gas . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 03-03-2014 12:29 PM

Very cool idea!

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