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Too-short basement shop with bare bones tool collection…

The table saw is a hand-me-down Craftsman with a replacement motor. I had to clean a good deal of rust off the top, and she looks much better now. Once I get the arbor washer from its former owner, I can start making a base for the table saw. I'm looking for inspiration for this project on LJ now.

My carving bench is in the far left corner in the first picture. The old dining room table is my current work area, so a good-sized workbench is definitely on my list of future projects.

The milk crate is full of random-sized pine boards that I salvaged from an old dresser that belonged to my father and then to me. I'd like to make a small shelving unit with a drawer on top using them, with a butcher block top of the same pine. I've drawn up plans, but the arbor washer is standing in my way…

The red tool cabinet was a gift from my paternal grandfather when I was a child. The Belcher Farm sign on the back wall is from my maternal grandfather's farm, which was the inspiration for a carving in my Projects.

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Joe that is a pristine looking old craftsman. Im not in the situatiion where I need or want a table for that type saw but if I were I wood probably do 50% door and 50% drawer. I would probably have casters as well if in a tight space. Im not a fan of pegboard in any form. Some people have incorporated a shop vac into the cabinet which may be a nice feature for you. Enjoy the journey !
 

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Thanks! I definitely want to incorporate dust collection, but I'm not sure how effective it will be with the back of the saw open. The motor hangs out the back, so I assume a hose on the side would draw air from the least resistant area rather than from around the blade. Any ideas on how to address this?
 

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Hi Joe
Welcome to Ljs
It looks like you've got some good work space and you've really made a old family saw work for you.
 

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Hey Joe, I guess you figured out that my above post was in response to your request for info. on tablesaw cabs. I just put it in the wrong place.
 

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It's all good. I bet that table saw cabinet would make a great refurb project…................
 

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I'm definitely going to clean it up a bit, but I don't have plans to do any serious work on it. Maybe that will change somewhere down the road, once I've got a few other projects under my belt…
 

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Hey Joe, Welcome to LJ the best WW site on the web. I've got a not so vintage C-man saw with the motor hanging off the back also. I just took an old truck tire tube and sort of sliced and diced it around the motor bracket and belt. then held it to the sides with the Gorilla brand duct tape. It works pretty good but doesn't look to pretty. Sometimes when I have to really tilt the blade over I have to remove the tape on one side to accommodate. I did have a thought about building a plywood box around the whole mechanism but wasn'nt sure how the dust would affect the motor. Now I'm looking for a cabinet style saw but thought I'd throw that out there. Your saw looks great! Good luck.
 
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