Tablesaw Workstation, part 2

Tablesaw Workstation, part 2

Back in December, I started thinking about getting more serious about by woodworking hobby. Naturally that meant spending lots of money on cool, new tools, but it also meant that I needed somewhere to use and store those tools. The idea of a workstation for my trusty Rigid contractors saw was born. After some research and time on sketchup, I came up with a plan.

Now a couple of months later, the workstation has started to take shape. The boxes ended up being made mostly of pre-finished maple plywood with the edges banded. The top will be MDF covered with Formica. Here’s a progress report on making the sketch real.

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The saw has already had the left table wing replaced with a Bench Dog router table, a great $300 addition. The stock fence system also replaced with a 48″ Vega Pro 50 fence system for $250 (in the future I will step all the way up and go with Delta / Beisemeyer for $500. The round rail flexes mush more than the rectangular tube. )

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Started by building a base with 2 x 3/4″ ply and a frame.

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Next put maple edge-banding on to dress it up. Quick finish for all edge-banding with aresol lacquer.

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Built the first box (under the router) with some oopses using the router and a clamp-on guide, but nothing that will be visible when the drawers are in.

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Finished the rest of the boxes without problems, then edge-banded and finished them.

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Got the base finished and wheels on (I will have to replace the wheels I used with MUCH more heavy duty models. This thing is a beast!

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And started screwing things together.

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Box on the lift sits under the router table wing, saw next to it on the right.

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Next attached the two boxes for drawers under the saw to the open end with slat wall to hang things.

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Eventually got everything together and lined up. Ready for dust collection and electricity.

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Power switches for the saw and router in the front.

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220v 4 wire power to pull power for both 110v and 220v from one cord.

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Big power cord!

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110v and 220v switches for the router and saw.

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Three dust collection ports in the back, one for the router, one for the saw, and a smaller one for the downdraft box.

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Power and dust collection under the router.

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Electricity all complete and trimmed out. 110v on the back for miscellaneous power tools and 220v for the compressor.

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Started on the downdraft box next. 1/2″ MDF construction.

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Four panels, one larger than the others to accommodate the pocket hole jig.

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Complete. Next stop – a perfectly flat counter – MDF with P-lam veneer.