Actually, I've never stopped, but for the last month or two I've been working on top secret Christmas gifts, which I couldn't blog about, for the obvious reason. But now that the holidays are over, I can catch up on all the interesting projects that have been going on around here.
Well, I think they are interesting, anyway.
I'll start with the very last project I finished -- something I knocked together in the last day or two. All the other projects I've been working on have involved the use of a table saw -- one of the tools I'm least comfortable using. My current table saw is one I was given, so I can't complain much about it, but it is fairly small and rudimentary. Two things it sorely lacked were a sturdy stand and an out feed table. I thought about buying both, but then I thought, why buy things when you can build them?
Without further ado, I gathered up some scrap wood and put together the following setup:
|Much improved table saw with out feed table|
Once the height of the out feed table was fixed, it was a simple matter to subtract the height of the table saw, and to build a stout little base to make up the difference. You can see from the photo above that it's a simple little thing, made from scrap 2x4s and 1x4s, with some 3/4" MDO plywood for the top. The MDO was make from off cuts from my bulkhead project. I didn't have a large enough scrap for the whole top, so I used two scraps!
I originally planned to bolt the saw to the top of the base, but then I realized there would be no place for the sawdust to go, so instead of bolting it down, I attached a rail to the base's front edge.
|Rail to keep table saw from sliding forward.|
After doing this, I realized I could have cut a hole in the base top for the saw dust to fall through. I might do this if I decide the saw does need to be bolted down, but so far I don't see the need.
To further prevent the saw from moving on the base, I covered the top of the base in a non-skid shelf liner material that Helena found for me somewhere. It's great stuff that has all sorts of uses:
I even cut four 2x4 pads and glued them to the base's feet. Because the liner is fairly cushy, it ensures that the base is solidly gripping the floor with all four legs, making it feel really steady. It's practically impossible to slide the base on the floor, with the grippy stuff on the feet. 'Solid', 'Steady', and 'Table saw' are three words that really go together well.
Next time, I'll show you why I need such a set up, but for now, Happy New Year!
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