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Mobile Tablesaw Base, Part 4

Switching over to the new blog system had me traipsing down memory lane a bit. And I realize that I’ve not updated you on the progress of my tablesaw mobile base. I know that you’ve been hanging on the edge of your seat with your fingernails, but just in case you don’t regularly read and re-read this series of blog posts, here’s where you can get up to speed: part 1part 2, and part 3. I’m riffing off of a plan that can be found in the October 2003 issue (no. 151) or for purchase here.

And here’s where it’s at now:

Mobile Tablesaw, front

I’ve added cabinet boxes to the left and right of the tablesaw. I basically just used up all available space. I’ll put drawers in these. Since I was putting so much weight on this thing, I went ahead and added a third set of casters toward the center just in case.

Mobile Tablesaw, rear

On the back, you can see the dust collection setup. I went out and grabbed the Rockler DustRight system so I can easily switch back and forth between the router table and the tablesaw as needed. Since I put this together, Rockler came out with a specialty port made specifically for router tables. I’m still debating whether to pick that up. So far I like the system. It works very well for the mobile, small garage-shop guy since the expandable hose can reach anywhere in the shop. I also picked up a long power strip from the home center and added it to the back side of the base. It’s been so handy for plugging in tools that I think I might add one to the front as well.

Mobile Tablesaw, router table

On the router table, I cut some slots for T-track. I used combination track in front for the miter gauge and featherboards and regular T-track for my fence.

All that’s left now is to add some drawers and a couple doors for the router table.

To be concluded …

Lucas @ WOOD Magazine

2 Responses to “Mobile Tablesaw Base, Part 4”

  1. Hello Lucas,
    I am cutious as to what size & the make of you dust colector? I can see that rather long flexable trunk line laying there on the floor,plobably also would have to be, because of your mobile base. Then at it’s end it splits two ways going into your router table. All in all that is quite abit of static pressure (drag) on that DC fan with such a long plus flexable hose. I am sure you by now have worked out most of the kinks, but that must be quite a DC.

  2. Hi Lucas,

    I feel that I must share this with you and your readers as I believe this is the most important addition to the wood working shop since the dust collector it’s self!

    I just finished installing this amazing system to operate my shop dust collection, called the iVACPRO.

    First I installed the iVAC Pro Switch that controls the starting and shut down of my 220V, 3 hp. Dust Collector, then I installed the
    iVac Tool switches, you can install up 8 tools on one iVAC Pro switch. In my case I installed them of my 220V Tablesaw, 115V Planner,
    220V Jointer, 115V Radial Arm saw and 220V Twin Drum Sander.

    As you probably noticed, you can control machines with different voltages very easily, you just need to match the voltage of the iVACPRO Tool switch to the voltages of the units that you want to control.

    So now whenever I start any of these tools, my Dust Collector starts up 1.5 seconds later and continues to operate until (programmable to 0 seconds, 5 seconds, 15 seconds, 45 seconds) after I shut down the last machine connected to the system.

    The Health & Safety benefits of this system are immeasurable and no remote control to loose.

    So go and check them out at http://www.ivacswitch.com


    Glenn Taylor
    Capreol, On

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