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Forum topic by CharlieM1958 posted 07-10-2010 02:05 AM 1596 views 2 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2010 02:05 AM

I made a couple of little shop improvements today.

In case you have not seen it, I was in Lowe’s yesterday and stumbled upon a little Shop Vac they were selling for $19.99. On one hand, I figured you can’t get much for $20. On the other hand, what have you got to lose at that price? My immediate thought was to hang this up next to my router table, plug it into the automatic outlet on the router table, and not have to worry about dragging around the hose on my dust deputy every time I have a small table routing job. I have to say this little thing really SUCKS… in a good way!!

These other two photos are of my direct ripoff of Fat Toad's idea. I modified the construction a bit, making mine all 1/2” plywood, with a 1/4” MDF bottom. I wanted to make it not too heavy since it was going to attach to the aluminum rails. I drilled three holes in the end of the cast iron table, so that most of the weight would be supported that way. I also did away with the hinge, installing a keeper strip on the bottom of one side of the lid. With the keeper strip on the right, table edge on the left, and a small rail lip in back, the lid fits snugly in place, but is easy to tilt up or remove completely.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 02:11 AM

Looks like you are on a roll now :-))

-- 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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#2 posted 07-10-2010 02:12 AM

Nice mounting Charlie. I take it you weren’t planning on adding a dust deputy to this one as well? I hope those filters and motor last ;)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 02:22 AM

very cool.
curious about the TS upgrade though – are you planning on finishing/waxing the plywood top – or is it slightly below the CI top? plywood can create quite a bit of drag and friction when trying to cut something on the saw.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 02:27 AM

way to go charlie ,

anything new is always good ,

until something newer comes along .

nice drawer .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 02:28 AM

Looks good, Charlie. Nice idea on the ShopVac and it looks well mounted. The plywood table saw extension looks like a great place to store the accessories we all collect.


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#6 posted 07-10-2010 02:41 AM

Sharon, the plywood top is a tad lower than the table, so I don’t think drag is going to be a problem. I very rarely have occasion to set the fence that far to the right anyway. If it becomes a problem on the occasional wide cut, I just lift it off and set it aside… another reason I did not hinge it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 02:48 AM

Way to go Charlie!

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#8 posted 07-10-2010 02:57 AM

Looking good. Nice storage idea. Thanks for posting.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-10-2010 03:11 AM

Thanks Charlie – thats what I was thinking, but couldn’t tell from the picture. If it’s lower than the CI, I don’t think you’ll have any issues with it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 03:17 AM

I view this table saw idea earlier in the week and just knew this was going to catch on, its so practical. I’m thinking of one myself, nice work Charlie.

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#11 posted 07-10-2010 03:32 AM

Come on over and help me with my shop next… Great Job!

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#12 posted 07-10-2010 03:48 AM

Nice report Charlie. A couple of shop additions.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 07-10-2010 03:55 AM

Nice work Charlie. I likey.

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#14 posted 07-10-2010 04:37 AM

Great idea on using that shop vac…and some cool storage.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#15 posted 07-10-2010 04:42 AM

I like the storage box. I’ll have to ‘steal’ the idea from you now…

Just ordered a T2 fence and that box will fit right in there….

Shop vac for $20!? I have the same ‘drag-the-hose-around’ problem. Hmmmm…

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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