Sawstop and Router Cabinet / Infeed Table / Outfeed Table Project
At the very start, let me give all the credit in the world to Tedth66, whose project this is totally based on, and who has been graciously providing guidance as I build this. This is a modification of his design, adding a few details, and making it work for my shop.
I have a 2 car garage / workshop that is tremendously space challenged, so I need to be clever about every square inch. On top of that, I enjoy modifying designs and making them work custom for me. So when I saw Ted's great SawStop Cabinet and Router Table, I knew I had to build it. Additionally, I just had to have better dust collection than the SawStop contractors saw provides. This design should dramatically improve that. I plan on 5" for under the table saw, with 2.5" for the above table guard, and 6" to the router table via a separate drop.
For reference, here's Ted's completed project:
My SawStop and Router Cabinet project
I've been spending the past few weeks slowly building this component-by-component. First the mobile base. I beefed up the original design by adding two more casters (total of 6 now), as with the additional components, the weight of this will be substantial. This design (a torsion box with 3/4" plywood) should be able to handle 900 lbs.
Here's the completed base (plans are available from Woodstore-It's their Mobile Sawing/Routing Center):
I was concerned that the countersunk holes for the bolts would weaken the frame, so I filled them with West Systems 3 Epoxy with high-strength filler. I think the resultant areas should be at least as strong as the original oak plywood.
The completed center will have a cabinet for the SawStop, drawer storage for saw blades, wrenches, jigs, guards), a cast iron router table with Incra Fence and integrated dust collection, a swivel down outfeed table (taken from the February 2009 Woodworker's Journal - which I think is the neatest one I've seen), and, if I can make it work, a maple workbench top with vises. It's a tall order, but I'd like to see it through.
Well, more building to do, but wanted to get the blog rolling. Please feel free to add comments / suggestions / criticisms / etc.