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04-13-2015 05:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw workstation table saw fence table saw cabinet table saw question tablesaw tip resource

First of all hey everyone this is my first time on here.

Im in the process of trying to figure out how to make a new table/cabinet and reliable fence to go with it. Unfortunately budget doesn’t allow for me to go buy a large table saw with a bigger fence so I am working with my 10” dewalt compact saw. The saw works great but the top and fence are major limitations when trying to cut plywood sheets for example. I am hopeful someone has some suggestions for a better table saw work station with a nice sturdy/reliable fence I could build.

Looking forward to thoughts and feedback

-- Matt R

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 05:43 AM

There are a few videos on YouTube where guys have built bases for their contractor saws and there are a few videos where guys have built their own fence. Laney Shaughnessy does a nice build for the base and Matthias Wandel can show you how to make a fence.

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 09:16 AM

Thank you for the reply I’ll watch the videos when I get a chance!!

-- Matt R

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 02:47 PM

Here is a photo of my new base. Had to solve a stability problem and address dust collection. It is very stable. Hope to add an Incra fence system once I move to my new shop. You can find construction photos in my projects list.

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 02:54 PM

Love the mobile base! Something I need to consider when I build mine.

-- Matt R

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 03:32 PM

Wood Magazine had a tablesaw/router station as part of Idea Shop 5 in the October 2003 issue. You can see it here


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#6 posted 04-14-2015 03:53 PM

Well…so theres a couple add-on options from jet and other companies. You’re looking at $150 used to $170-300 new. (for the rip fence, cabinet or workbench would be in addition to this)

Or you could sell the dewalt and use the money to buy a delta contractor saw with a 52” rip fence. It would be cheaper then trying to build a DIY fence IMO.

You end up spending the same amount of money at the $500-600 price point new as you would for a aftermarket solution.

Also a 6×6 or 8×8 outfeed table is definitely an asset.

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 05:18 PM

I’m currently selling the fence and rails that came with my new table saw it’s a Shop Fox Classic Fence System w/ Standard Rails It is new in the box never opened (This is why I only have the stock photo) If your interested let me know.

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#8 posted 04-14-2015 05:32 PM

I’m all for most of the comments, but I just have one thing to add. I have a giant table saw (Powermatic 72) and it can still be difficult getting full sheets of plywood set up on there. It is definitely doable, but even with a large table on my saw, I find that it is much easier to do most plywood cuts with my circular saw. Depending on the application I may or may not take the time to set up a fence for my circular saw to ride along. You can get great repeatable cuts in no time at all.

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#9 posted 04-14-2015 06:26 PM

Thank you all for the comments and feedback, I think I’m leaning toward building a cabinet and making my own fence system to maximize storage. THEGREATJOHN couldn’t agree more handling and cutting full sheets is difficult no matter what I imagine. I will probably do rough cuts with skill saw and finish cuts with table saw for larger pieces to get the exact replicas better

-- Matt R

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