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.
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. )
Started by building a base with 2 x 3/4″ ply and a frame.
Next put maple edge-banding on to dress it up. Quick finish for all edge-banding with aresol lacquer.
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.
Finished the rest of the boxes without problems, then edge-banded and finished them.
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!
And started screwing things together.
Box on the lift sits under the router table wing, saw next to it on the right.
Next attached the two boxes for drawers under the saw to the open end with slat wall to hang things.
Eventually got everything together and lined up. Ready for dust collection and electricity.
Power switches for the saw and router in the front.
220v 4 wire power to pull power for both 110v and 220v from one cord.
Big power cord!
110v and 220v switches for the router and saw.
Three dust collection ports in the back, one for the router, one for the saw, and a smaller one for the downdraft box.
Power and dust collection under the router.
Electricity all complete and trimmed out. 110v on the back for miscellaneous power tools and 220v for the compressor.
Started on the downdraft box next. 1/2″ MDF construction.
Four panels, one larger than the others to accommodate the pocket hole jig.
Complete. Next stop – a perfectly flat counter – MDF with P-lam veneer.