MOBILE TABLESAW AND ROUTER WORKSTATION
Inspired by ShpNotes #50, this tablesaw and router cabinet is full of features.
SHOP OWNER: Ray Mitchell
LOCATION: Flower Mound, TX
I was inspired by the March 2000 issue #50 of ShopNotes Magazine to build this one of a kind tablesaw super workstation. I have a small two-car garage and a need for all of my tools to be mobile. So I embarked on my largest project so far.
I started with my 2000 model Craftsman contractors saw. In an effort to get it tuned to perfection, I added a set of machined pulleys and a link belt. Then I used a PALS alignment system, which made it very easy to get the blade and the miter slots parallel. Since the area where I live has frequent power outages during the spring due to the weather, I installed a magnetic power switch from Grizzly.
The Craftsman fence was causing problems as I began to build smaller and smaller projects. So, I replaced it with a Jointech 96" Saw Train Retrofit Kit. Once this was installed, I was able to mount my router in one of the table extensions. I used the tablesaw in this configuration for about six months while I designed the cabinet to fit my needs. Also, about this time I came across the Rockler sliding table in their catalog and incorporated it into my plans.
In January of 2001 I began construction of the cabinet. It's made of solid hard maple and cabinet grade birch veneered plywood. It's not really one cabinet but five individual cabinets bolted together. There are four drawer units with two drawers each and one unit that has a drawer in the bottom with a dust collection chute in the top. All the drawers are mounted using Accuride full extension slides. Both ends of the cabinet have retractable wheel blocks along with heavy-duty levelers mounted on all four corners. I added adjustable legs made from 3/4" diameter threaded rod to support the end of the very long fence rails. The brackets for the Rockler sliding table had to be modified to make it fit on the cabinet below and for proper mounting to my saw.
Once I had the cabinet built, I disassembled my saw and moved all of the pieces over. I cut two feet off of the rails and removed the extension table to the left of the blade so I could mount the sliding table. I also added a bright red knee bar over the power switch so I could turn the saw off without reaching down with my hand.
The original power switch from my saw was used to handle the Porter Cable 7529 plunge router in my extension table. To make adjustments simple, I installed a Router Raizer and an Eliminator Chuck. For perfect miters on small stock, I use an original Incra miter gauge.
I think the project turned out rather well and I had a great time building it.
. . . Ray Mitchell
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