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06-02-2014 09:31 AM
mcpowell
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Originally Posted by RainMan1 View Post
Not exactly what I'm looking for but very interesting . That guy has quite the setup there and it's portable .
Not quite understanding how he can cut anything more than a foot wide on the contractors saw though ?
The miter saw sits on a removable base. If the miter saw interferes with a wide board on the table saw, you can either slide the miter saw out a few inches or just take it off the table and set it on the floor.

My table saw is too big to be incorporated into the bench, so I'm leaving the table saw out of mine. The one I'm building will be a router bench, miter saw combo only.
06-01-2014 07:59 PM
RainMan 2.0
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Originally Posted by mcpowell View Post
Rick,
Have you looked at Ron Paulk's "Total Station"? It is exactly what you mentioned above. You can purchase the plans for $20 and watch him build one on youtube. It's 3'x6' with removable outriggers. When not in use, you can lean it against the wall and it will not take up much room. I am building one for my shop now.
Not exactly what I'm looking for but very interesting . That guy has quite the setup there and it's portable .
Not quite understanding how he can cut anything more than a foot wide on the contractors saw though ?
05-30-2014 06:50 AM
mcpowell
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Originally Posted by RainMan1 View Post
As I've mentioned previously real estate isn't fantastic in my garage , so if I can make a router table , work station ,and out feed table for my saw all in one I'll be laughing .
I'm still very hooked on the idea of lowering and raising the table for different applications . Just have to get a game plan now
Rick,
Have you looked at Ron Paulk's "Total Station"? It is exactly what you mentioned above. You can purchase the plans for $20 and watch him build one on youtube. It's 3'x6' with removable outriggers. When not in use, you can lean it against the wall and it will not take up much room. I am building one for my shop now.
05-29-2014 11:24 PM
RainMan 2.0
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Originally Posted by shake this View Post
Something tells me it's quite a bit more solid then MDF plus I'd hate to charge you the cost of shipping so I'll just keep it. haha
Dang , can't get nothing past you guys
I was watching jaywalking on the Tonight Show and thought it would be fairly easy
05-29-2014 11:07 PM
shake this Something tells me it's quite a bit more solid then MDF plus I'd hate to charge you the cost of shipping so I'll just keep it. haha
05-29-2014 11:01 PM
RainMan 2.0
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What is everyone's thought on using HDPE plastic(think cutting boards) for a router top? I have a sheet of 3/4 and 1/2". Easy to machine but would it gouge to easy? Any other concerns? This would be built on the side of my table saw to save space.
Not liking it at all . I'd ship it out to me to make room for something more solid like mdf

Seriously though it thinking it's to soft . At Winsor Plywood where there routing all day long they only use an mdf surface then replace it as it wears out .
I'm tempted to use mdf also , but I'd sure like some laminate on top to make it a little more moisture and scratch resistant .(and more pleasing to the eye)
Not sure how flat it will turn out though after adding contact cement and counter top laminate .
But then again does a .001" or .01" discrepancy in flatness matter ?

I should put some type of jig to hold a straight edge over my kitchen counter tops and see how flat they are with my woodpecker dial gauge?
05-29-2014 10:35 PM
shake this What is everyone's thought on using HDPE plastic(think cutting boards) for a router top? I have a sheet of 3/4 and 1/2". Easy to machine but would it gouge to easy? Any other concerns? This would be built on the side of my table saw to save space.
05-28-2014 10:41 PM
RainMan 2.0
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Rick, $100 is probably 1/2 what we would have to pay for it.......
Thank you , as I guess it's in the ball park then . Things are very expensive in Canada and more so in the province of BC .

I'm still elated that the GI table is no longer an issue . As I've mentioned previously real estate isn't fantastic in my garage , so if I can make a router table , work station ,and out feed table for my saw all in one I'll be laughing .
I'm still very hooked on the idea of lowering and raising the table for different applications . Just have to get a game plan now
05-28-2014 09:22 PM
jw2170 Rick, $100 is probably 1/2 what we would have to pay for it.......
05-28-2014 08:01 PM
RainMan 2.0 Well I talked to the main man at Windsor Plywood today and he can special order phenolic wood , but its very expensive . I think he quoted me around 84 dollars for a sheet . So after taxes pretty much 100 bucks . Not the end of the world if it proves to work well .

His opinion is to use mdf as the router tables in the back of his shop are mdf . People say mdf will sag , but I believe any material should be reinforced underneath . Well unless it's cast iron of course .

I want something prettier than mdf though . I guess I could take a chance and laminate it's, but liking the phenolic wood idea better. Although I've never see not before
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