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 1, part 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:
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.
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.
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
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