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I'm getting mighty sick of faffing around trying to cut flat square pieces of wood. I have a router table, but not a table saw.
Whats the feelings on building a dual use unit?

Cant afford cast iron tops, cant afford all singing all dancing finished things. I can afford to make it myself. All I need is a pointer to;

A/, is it worthwhile?

B/ are there any plans?
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Heh...
How much time you got, Bob?

This controversial topic comes up a lot.
Personally, I don't want any other power tool intruding into my TS working space.
A random example might be having the router set up exactly, to do a specific dado, then realizing you need that space to breakdown a sheet of plywood.
If you need to go elsewhere to do the breakdown then what's the point of having the TS?
Are you asking if there's plans to build a TS?! Yes, but why would you?
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I have a few problems;
1/ not a lot of space.
2/ not a lot of money.
3/ not enough use for either to have them set up permanently.

Remember, unlike most here, I'm only playing at this as a retirement hobby to fill spare hours.
What i like to do is make various shaped boxes and other stuff that needs (usually) flat square pieces of wood.
A half dozen pieces makes the piece at hand, then I make something else with a completely different set of dimensions.

My router sled is now producing dimensionally flat work to within my tolerances, and I now have my mitre saw accurately cutting 90 degrees, but the cross cut only has a capacity of 5", and the top saw section is tiny, about 16" square. I cant cut more than a 5" piece without resorting to clamps to hold the fence in place, and then cant cut across because the fence is 2" from the front of the blade.

My ideal is to have a table saw with a sliding sled so I can cut square pieces on a much larger scale.

I can build with ply even if it isnt pretty, but I dont have to impress anyone as long as its functional, and that way I hope to get a bigger table than anything I can afford to buy.
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Don't know the real numbers, Bob..."Remember, unlike most here, I'm only playing at this as a retirement hobby to fill spare hours."...
but at a guess I'd say most of us are hobbyists(?). A LOT of us are retired, even if we did carpentry/woodworking when we were actually working.
Me, I'm doing my stuff out of a 12' x 27' garage. Like you, I feel frustrated with the lack of space, especially in the Winter when it's just too wet to work out on the driveway.
This morning I made a 2' x 3' fully castoring dolly to pile stackable totes on...I have to clear some floor space...it's making me crazy.


My Contractor TS is the heart of the shop, keeping it clear and functional is rule #1.
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Bob if you look around maybe you can find a decent used contractors saw cheap , and then build a router table plate into the table saws extension. Just a thought


@Dan 27/12 , I'm finding it's very frustrating being navigating in a 22/26 shop (especially when it's cold) I think 36/36 should be the bare minimum
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@sunnybob

Check out Ron Paulks videos on You Tube. He has a bunch of different variations of an ultimate worktable featuring a table saw, router and miter saw. It might be a good solution for you. Configure it your way based on available space.

Maybe his videos will give you some inspiration. I bought his miter saw station plans and built my version, my way but used his plans for reference. I have got a lot of use out of that miter station.

Good luck.
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BTW, I am retired also, and loving it.

Edit: Here is a link to my garage makeover thread. The details and pics of the miter saw station are in that post.
http://www.routerforums.com/workshop...-makeover.html

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Dan, theres hobbyists, and then theres hobbyists, and then theres me!. (lol)
I have no hesitation in claiming to be the least skilled person here, easily proven by the fact I never post pics of my work (g)
Your shop sounds huge.
I have a 3 metre x 5 metre garage, which also houses all the house decorating junk.
I'm further hampered by the floor being made of sloping stamped concrete with a 6" drop across the 3 metres and another 3" from back to front. I cant use anything with wheels. And theres a roller door both ends, so I only have two walls to work with.

Ok,. enough of the "I'm worse off than you" game (think I won that one), back to the question, does anyone have practical experience of a dual table? Can it work?


Rick, I'm in a unique situation here in Cyprus, I dont have to worry about the winter temps, Even January daytime is usually 10c, and can get up to 15C on occassion, but my main problem is that there is no such thing as ebay here, and as I dont speak or read Greek, finding anything for sale is a very difficult task. I have been unable to find any other ex-pats with a woodworking hobby, which is why I ask all my stupid questions here.
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Mike, just looked at ron paulks bench.
That bench is almost the size of my workspace!

Something a little less ambitious I think would be best.
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Bob; I've never thought your questions were "stupid"!

Keep asking; there's a whole hive waiting to help.
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Mike, just looked at ron paulks bench.
That bench is almost the size of my workspace!

Something a little less ambitious I think would be best.
That's why I said "Configure it your way based on available space."

Just make it smaller.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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