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I recently upgraded my dust collection system and I am now going back and retrofitting all my power tools to accommodate the larger 4" dust ports. The router table was the first tool to go under the knife. I also did the radial arm saw.

My Delta Professional (36-650) contractor's table saw has never had proper dust collection so this was a project long overdue.

The bottom is a drawer for my push sticks, inserts, and all sorts of wood jigs. I built a hanger for my EB-3 miter gauge. I can not tell you how happy I am to finally have a place to put it and not have it get in the way. I also found a spot for my aluminium straight\angle line jig.

This is a temporary fix until I move and install an Incra LS TS Fence System for better accuracy and a much wider rip capacity.

The bottom is built with a 3" torsion box using 1/2" Birch plywood to prevent sagging over time. The carcass is made from 3/4" Birch plywood. I am not going to miss tightening the eight bolts to the legs any more or the racking that followed, when they worked their way loose. It is now far more solid and the racking issue has disappeared. And, as with most of my projects, it contains no nails or screws. It was simply glued together and clamped. See my Woodpecker's aluminium box clamp review pictured in the third frame, if so inclined.

I painted it with some latex paint afterwards to reduce the affects of humidity.

Any suggestions on how to seal up the rear motor area are welcome. I am still scratching my head on the best way to seal this area up. (Updated pictures to show you what I came up with for the rear of the table saw.) I used magnets, as some of you had suggested, to hold in place. I wanted to keep the motor out of the saw dust so that is the principle behind its design.

Update: I can not believe how much more stable this platform is than the factory leg support. It is a night and day difference. I also am noticing how much cleaner the shop is staying and how little clean up I am having to perform.
I also thought the front looked kind of stark, so I thought I would dress it up a little with the mfg's logo.

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Nice little cabinet Brad. I ve been planning the same for my Delta and already have a sketch drawn for the cabinet. Unfortunately it might be after New Years before I get time. Awhile back someone here did testing and found that closing in the motor area achieved very little. They said it increased vacuum inside the saw but did not improve dust collection. Wish I could remember who/when it was but IIRC they were also using an over-arm DC to capture debris off the blade.

- Rick M.
Funny you should bring that up. I was thinking the same thing. I have used this saw for years, and the vast majority of the saw dust has always just fallen straight through the bottom.

I will do my best to seal it up, but I am happy to just have most of the saw dust up off the cart bottom and shop floor.

I have thought about using my dual inlet from my router table and run a 2 1/2" line up to the blade, as you mentioned. I am sure I will sort this out. Just not sure which route I will take, for now.

Thanks for the feedback.
 

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You could try putting some form of broom bristle close to, but not touching the belt, to restrict the air coming in.
If you get anything to work be sure to show and tell!

- exelectrician
So I took all the suggestions everyone made and stirred them all together and this is what I came up with.
I did not want to enclose the motor and this was a fairly straightforward solution.

I used magnets to attach it to the back of the table saw and I used some magnetic business cards to cover up the opening up front for raising and lowering the blade.

I also decided the front of the cabinet was kind of bare so I added a little touch to add some character.

Thanks for everyone's input\contribution.







 

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Did it help? Logo is a nice touch.
 

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Did it help? Logo is a nice touch.

- Rick M.
Hard to tell. I have not really used the saw that much yet but I will be building the drawers to my router table next, so I should have a good feel for its performance in the coming week or two.

Glad you like the logo.
 

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I should be takeing ownership tommorow of a Rockwell Model 10 and I am already planing a new base for it very much like what you have done for yours. Is this saw pretty much the same as yours or is yours much newer ?


First things I will have to do with this saw is replace the Switch with a Paddle switch and get a Link Belt then make the new base and add DC via my Shop Vac. Of course I will have to check the alinement of everything.
 

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I should be takeing ownership tommorow of a Rockwell Model 10 and I am already planing a new base for it very much like what you have done for yours. Is this saw pretty much the same as yours or is yours much newer ?

First things I will have to do with this saw is replace the Switch with a Paddle switch and get a Link Belt then make the new base and add DC via my Shop Vac. Of course I will have to check the alinement of everything.

- Richard
I have to admit, I am not very knowledgeable on the Rockwell products. That being said, most of the older table saws of this ilk have the same basic rectangular, open base with splayed legs. I see no real complications executing the basic design I used. If you run into any issues, I would be more than happy to help you overcome them.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. It is always exciting when you add a new piece of wood working hardware to the shop. A good tune up, as you have planned, and she should serve you well for years to come.
 

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Brad , I got the Saw and it is not the one I posted the picture of but very close and I am actualy glad it is a little different than the picture they sent me. First the Switch is way better than the one in the pic they sent me and the alinement as far as I can tell so far is Dead On , I checked the blade for 90 deg. and 45 deg. and the blade to miter slot and I don't think I can get them any better than they are right now. I need to get a miter gauge for the slot and a splitter or riving knife and I have to make a 220V extension cord for it as it is already wired for 220V. I will start a Blog it soon and add more info and pictures of what I need or want to do to it.

 

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Keep us posted on your progress. I noticed the motor is below, and not behind the table. This will save you a bunch of space when storing it. I really like all that cast iron.

They just do not make them like they used to. If everything is lining up, I think you have bought yourself a winner. The rest can be improved upon as long as you have a good foundation.

Glad to hear it is in good working order and everything is aligned, as it should be.
 

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I just finished building this as well. I'll post some pics soon. I added some spray foam around the table and used a different enclosure on the back, but I liked the design of of your base. Thanks for the idea.
 
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