Just a quick update on the mobile tablesaw base for those of you playing along at home. For those of you just joining us, here are part 1, and part 2. I’m riffing off of a plan that can be found in the October 2003 issue (no. 151) or for purchase here.
This weekend, I added the wing insert between the long fence rails. It rests on top of the router cabinet. I made it out of a double thickness of 3/4″ MDF, edged in poplar, then covered with some of my formica bonanza from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
I’m afraid to cut the ties and unbind the entire bundle. I think the force of it unrolling would knock me through the wall. Instead I’m pulling formica out of the center. So it’s a bit of a crap shoot as to what comes out. (There’s a lot of pink in there.) I got lucky with a piece of sand-colored faux granite. So now I can say that I have a granite-topped saw.
I was very pleased with the way the tabletop really made the whole contraption feel very solid, taking out any twist or wiggle.
I added the router insert, and now we’re getting closer and closer. I’ve got this DeWalt 3-base router kit so, until I upgrade to a higher-powered table router, the fixed base stays in the table and I can simply pop out the motor to use in the d-handle or plunge base.
You can see that I have a fence ready and waiting. I’ve got to cut some channels for t-track, and add some track in front of the insert for a miter gauge.
Doors and drawer fronts for the router cabinet.
There’s room between the router cabinet and the tablesaw cabinet for a low-profile drawer which I’ll probably use for tablesaw blade storage.
Then, I’ll make a stack of 2 or 3 drawers on the opposite side of the tablesaw cabinet for various accessories.
Finally, I’ll have to add in dust collection connections and a power strip to plug in not only the tablesaw and router, but anything else I need when this thing starts getting mis-used as a benchtop (I’m not going to try and kid myself).
Then it’s just a matter of loading it down with accessories and hoping it doesn’t collapse under its own weight. It’s already getting pretty heavy. It still rolls OK on my somewhat smooth garage floor. If you’ve got cracks or seams, you might consider the 5″ version of these bad boys.
I’ll keep you up-to-date.
Lucas Peters @ WOOD
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