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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    39.92*N x 86.01*W

    Introductory Post

    Greetings to those who routinely convert lumber into sawdust.

    My first real project: Turning a salvaged restaurant countertop into a cabinet for my benchtop table saw. The countertop (It was leaning up against a dumpster - just begging to be hauled away - so I did!) is 1 1/2 thick MDF/Laminate - the rest of the cabinet is 3/4" Borg ply, biscuited & screwed. 2x4 framework on the bottom, complete with casters for mobility. It's a heavy beast! Pegboard on both ends, Drawers & storage cabinets on either side, also biscuited/screwed 3/4" ply. The face frame is red oak, and the drawer faces from an old A/V cabinet that was surplus to requirements. The OSB cabinet door ended up that way because I just refused to cut into another full sheet of ply for one little cabinet door.

    There are more pics of this, plus the fence I built for it, on my Flickr page:

    My shop is a "double deep" one car garage bay - that still gets used as a garage - so I do have to share space with the car. Mobility & rolling the car out gains a fair amount of work space.

    So far, the table saw keeps company with a miter saw, a band saw, benchtop drill press, 6" jointer, 12" planer, and a router table. I do have a tiny little 1" belt/5" disc sander, a larger belt sander is in the near future, along with serious dust collection - for now, the shop vac has to suffice.

    The place is adequately lit - moderately well heated & inadequately cooled. All things that will be addressed slowly over time as budget allows.

    I have been lurking & reading for a little while, and in the fairly near future will get a selection of pics up on the "Show us your shop" thread.

    Thanks for putting up with my long-windedness.

    -Kevin in Indy
    Last edited by Kevin Vernon; 12-11-2007 at 04:24 AM.
    "Heroic? He fell off his bloody Aeroplane!"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Welcome Kevin!

    Great save on the cabinet, looks like it was made for that saw!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Hi Kevin!

    Welcome to the family

    Great pictures!!!!!


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Hi Kevin, and welcome aboard. No apologies necessary for the the length of your post. You apparently haven't seen some of the "novels" I tend to post.

    Nice job on the saw cabinet...I like your thinking on the OSB door.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    hi kevin!
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Welcome Kevin!!
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Welcome Kevin. Nice job on the cabinet. There are a few of us here who get a kick out of finding new uses or re-uses for materials. Well done.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  8. #8
    Hi Kevin
    Very nice cabinet..............

    YEA!..........another flat wood worker.

    Coffee Pot is on

    WoodWorking, Crappie Fishing, Colts, Life is good!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Welcome to the Family Kevin.

    I might have to borrow your fence design. I want to make a TS cabinet for my benchtop TS, but couldn't picture how to make a fence to accomdate I think I do. Thanks.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    39.92*N x 86.01*W
    Thanks, Guys!!!

    Bob - Nice taste in Football Teams.

    Jeff - hey, no problem - just drop a quarter in the "Royalty Cup"

    Stuart - Yeah, it was made EXACTLY for that saw - because that's the way I made it. It was just that red counter top that I scrounged - the rest I designed & built myself. Only stopped & started over twice.

    Not a current shot - but here's my "Mess" from sometime last spring:

    -Kevin in Indy
    "Heroic? He fell off his bloody Aeroplane!"

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