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Old 02-08-2012, 08:30 PM   #41
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Forgot I had a couple pics on the phone. I'll take some better ones this week.
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Forgot I had a couple pics on the phone. I'll take some better ones this week.
Just playing the devil's advocate, but it looks like you have a 4x8 miter saw stand.

The part with the tracksaw I can sort of understand. But what work were you about to undertake which required a tracksaw table?

It sure looks like you know what your doing so I hate to nitpick. Just curious more than anything.
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maybe this can help you understand?

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/workbench
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maybe this can help you understand?

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Forgot I had a couple pics on the phone. I'll take some better ones this week.
It sure beats the heck out of working from the tailgate of a pickup truck! Nice work.
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Just playing the devil's advocate, but it looks like you have a 4x8 miter saw stand.

The part with the tracksaw I can sort of understand. But what work were you about to undertake which required a tracksaw table?

It sure looks like you know what your doing so I hate to nitpick. Just curious more than anything.
Typically I use my miter saw stand. only need to make about a dozen cuts (on short lumber) that day. Did more sanding and routing with the table then anything else.

This bench may not work for everyone, and that's cool. I will most likely get an MFT at some point for working in tighter spaces and such (plus I just like green tools ). But, one thing is for sure and that's I will always have a bench like this in the trailer and be using it 95% of the time.

For the track saw, I had to rip down sheets of plywood backer for wainscoting. I store sacrificial lengths of 3/4 ply in the bench at all times to lay the sheet goods on top of. After that, I had about 1/2 a dozen doors to cut down.
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I liked this bench idea from the day I saw it but havent gotten around to building it. I will probably make one smaller like 3x6. I like how Paulk incorporated the table as an outfeed for the table saw. I use the smaller DW745 and could come up with a way to join it to the table.
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"I like how Paulk incorporated the table as an outfeed for the table saw. I use the smaller DW745 and could come up with a way to join it to the table."

I like the idea of the tablesaw also... for those who have made one, do you encounter any cantilever problems? I would imagine the table-saw itself holds, but once you add a sheet of ply or MDF or OSB, does the far end lift at all?...

We just set-up the horses I showed in the previous post as an outfeed, but I like the idea of integrating it as one unit... the problem I have with it is its size and the amount of storage real estate it takes... But if you are going to take over someone's garage during an install, looks great and might draw neighbor attention and strike up a conversation...
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"I like how Paulk incorporated the table as an outfeed for the table saw. I use the smaller DW745 and could come up with a way to join it to the table."

I like the idea of the tablesaw also... for those who have made one, do you encounter any cantilever problems? I would imagine the table-saw itself holds, but once you add a sheet of ply or MDF or OSB, does the far end lift at all?...

We just set-up the horses I showed in the previous post as an outfeed, but I like the idea of integrating it as one unit... the problem I have with it is its size and the amount of storage real estate it takes... But if you are going to take over someone's garage during an install, looks great and might draw neighbor attention and strike up a conversation...
I have not gotten around to doing the inserts yet. Mainly because I am getting a different table saw in the near future and will retire the ridgid into the shop (I just can't brake that dam thing ) On the plans, the conduit is 6' long and only about 20'' or so sticks out for the saw. I don't think ripping down ply or MDF would be an issue. Me personally I use the TS55 for that and make the repetitive cuts with the table saw. I don't own the parallel guides yet
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Ron Paulk also has a miter saw stand that looks pretty interesting:

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I think the real usefulness of the workbench is not as a place to break down sheets of plywood, but as an assembly table of sorts when doing onsite built-ins. Gives you a large clear space to work, and the cubbies underneath to put your tools when not using them. I find that keeping neat and organized greatly improves the flow of work, and if I can keep the flow moving I can get paid and on to the next project that much faster.

I haven't built one yet, but I think it's on my weekend project list coming up.
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It's built with 1/2" ply right? Does it not flex when something heavy is put in the middle?
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It's a box with rails down each side and ribs in the inside
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If you notice on one of mic pics above, I actually left about 1/4 of the table undrilled. I figured I would like to have some undisturbed surface for writing on blue prints, etc. Just a suggestion.

You can really build this thing any size you want depending on your trade. Bigger is better for me because I brake down sheet goods, do built ins, etc. I also have the space to store and haul it.

I hope you other guys build one and post the pics in use
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I never even noticed the ribs inside!

Ok then, may try to build a smaller version, one day ...

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It's kinda like a boat hull, I was thinking even thiner ply?? Or even some Divinycell lamed up with epoxy and carbon kevlar mat
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Here is mine. I have not drilled the top. I've thought about it but have not gotten around to it. Mine is 3/4 ply with 3/4 ribs. It's REALLY strong

For now I am using the home depot square saw horses. I plan of designing a better method un the future
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It's 8' long and 54" wide. It's 2 pieces that can be used independent of each other

Just looked at the miter stand. I may integrate one into this table as well

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