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    Shop Reconfiguration

    Hey, folks,

    You may remember I've just inherited a bunch of sweet tools from an old friend. But every silver lining has a cloud, and here's mine: the shop's too small. So I looked around and tried to figure out what to do. Biggest things first, right? Well, the biggest thing in my shop is my table saw / router table combo cabinet. It's huge: 4 x 8 feet. It's heavy as heck. Doesn't roll well any more. I built it so I'd have a full 48" to the right of the blade. But since I got my festool saw years ago, I never cut plywood on the table saw anymore. Time to downsize!

    Got the saw off, and the router table, and everything:

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    Those are 6" casters, my friends.


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    No wonder it doesn't roll well anymore:


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    It's a torsion box. At least I can still tell where the baffles are:



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    Casters off:


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    Making sure the Festool won't try to cut concrete:


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    Laying out the cuts:


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    New platform: 24 1/2 by 48 1/2

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    Hurrah! It's still a torsion box!



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    Predrilling holes for the new (old) casters:

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    Those lag screws were pretty rusty. They needed a bath in WD-40


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    Casters installed. That messy area is a holdover from the old dust collection box.

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    Top of new platform


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    This is the piece the saw actually rests on (is bolted to). The dust goes through that hole, and gets sucked down into a collection boc, and then out to the dust collector. When I made it, I didn't have a plunge cut saw, and didn't understand much about dust collection.


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    A little time with the festool


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    Japanese saw for the very corners


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    And Bob's your uncle!


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    Hole for the blast gate. I needed to clean up the disassembled pieces. What a joy to finally have a vise that can hold work!


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    Dust collection box reinstalled. Those squared pieces laying there are edge supports.


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    Ended up using a plane to clean up the edges. Can you believe I glued them the first time around?

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    Back view of the saw installed, showing the dust collection box.


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    Setting thing back up.


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    While I had it off, smeared the top with naval jelly. Wiped that off, sanded the rusty top with 320 paper. Cleaned that off, and waxed it.


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    Something's missing? Oh, yeah. I need storage, and lots of it! What can I use? How about the doors of the old cabinet?


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    After I spent two hours on that saw table, I swore to myself I'd never use it as a work surface again. Within an hour, I used it as a work surface again:


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    If I weren't so lazy, I'd dado these shelves together. Oh, yeah: no working router table, no working table saw...


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    Finished just as the storm was hitting. A lightning flash ruined this picture. Because I jumped:


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    I actually ended up with more storage than I'd had before, with a much smaller footprint


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    Still need to attach the motor, finish the dust collection baffle, and (gulp!) cut the rails for the Incra fence. I'm glad I got the long ones! Oh, and buld a new router table. Sheesh!
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    Looking good, Bill. You're gonna regain a big chunk of floor space. I'm assuming you have a cut-out in the cabinet on the right side of the saw to access the bevel adjustment wheel?
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    looks great!
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    That will really give you more room
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    wish I was that productive and organized. good work. I would have gotten 80% done in the same amount of time and moved on to a different project

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