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Here are a few pictures of my "custom" table saw. It is an old Rockwell- Delta 10" contractor saw that was ancient when I acquired it 20 years ago. It was a fantastic upgrade from a portable circular saw mounted upside down in a table! But, after the euphoria wore off, I made some changes. The mobile base is from plywood and uses some recycled drawers. The red drawer is used to capture dust and the other two drawers hold router bits and accessories. My routers fit the cutout in the right table extension and they are storied in the cabinet underneath. The wing also has a few slots that I used with a fence mounted to an Incrajig or I can use my home-made fence. I am kinda proud of my fence and how well it works. I replaced the original round rails with some heavy 1/4" angle iron. The one in the front has a maple rail that was adjusted to be perpendicular to the blade and has some stickon tape inlayed on the top. The clamping mechanism is basically a large T-square and the fence is made of laminated plywood with laminate faces. The knob screws in to push the lever back and clamps it to the front rail. I used threaded inserts and some screws in combination with the slots on the bottom to allow it to be adjusted perfectly parallel to the blade. The aluminum tracks on top let me use the one-way wheels for hold downs. The rear of the fence has a couple of furniture glides and a toggle clamp that locks on the upside down rear rail. I added an adjustable plexiglass window that I use to accurately zero the fence. It moves with one hand, locks solidly in place, and still amazes me with it's accuracy. I have built a few new jigs for it since getting some great ideas from this forum. I'm kinda wanting a router lift (kinda wanting to build one) and I may move the routers to a separate table, if I can find room in my small shop. Thanks for looking!

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Very cool. Gotta love recycling. Prior to Hurricane Ike there was a hamburger place in Seabrook Texas called "Tookies" that had interior decor along those lines…
 

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I'm still stuck with the handheld circular-saw bolted underneath a table. My fence is a straight piece of pine with two crosspieces that slide around the MDF top. It actually cuts surprisingly straight, certainly better than using the cheap circular saw by hand.

That said, good upgrade of course. And nice added features, it's definitely grown with your needs :)
 
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