Just my 2 cents..
6. The fence doesn't need to be square with anything on the table top. You don't need to use a stick on ruler and it's best if you don't ,just a clean top will do the tick, I like the swing type fence....that's to say it has one pivot point and one one lock down screw..that hangs over the sides of the table top so you can clamp it in place if the need comes up...
5. use your fixed based ,that will let you use the plunge base for hand jobs.
4. keep it low to the ground, that's to say about 1/2" to 1" off the floor,tables with good locking casters are always good but sometimes they put the case to high, a flat stick under the wheels works very well...for a stop...and it's alot cheaper than locking casters and it will let you keep it low..
3. Knobs or home made wing nuts work well.
2. Keep it at 36" high or just a bit lower, MDF see number 1, don't hang it off the work bence, you want it to move outside or around the shop from time to time...
1. Because you are in Houston, I would suggest cabinet grade plywood, Birch it's the best, it's bit higher in price than the normal cabinet plywood but it's very stable, it also comes with Melamine on both sides, it also comes in 1 1/4" thick for counter tops, etc....
Phenolic or Alum. tops are the best,they don't rust or bend but they are not cheap. http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...e-cabinet.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_hi...able&x=11&y=20
Originally Posted by RoyBullets
I have spent a few days researching and getting some good advice here and I plan to begin putting my table together this weekend. I am going to go simple for now to get rolling and figure out what is important to me and plan to build something full featured later. Also I am itching to get rolling on a project!
I have a few questions I would like to pose to the experts here.
1. Since I am in Houston my garage frequently gets to 100F with 80% humidity. If I use MDF for my table will it hold up? The Homedepot has MDF with Melamine on both sides would that help?
2. Space is at a premium since my garage is used for storage as well. I am thinking of attaching my table to my existing workbench with hinges but the top is almost 40" high. Will that be too high to be safe to work with? How easy is it to put screws into MDF?
3. I built an extremely sturdy frame for my portable poker table last year that I could use as a portable based instead. The frame is pretty large (6'x 3'). I expect my table top to be about 2' x 3'. Any ideas on how to attach it temporarily so I could easily take it apart?
4. My 3rd option is to build a simple frame from the many left over 2x3 and 2x4 and plywood I have laying around. If I do this I would like to put it on casters so I couldcasters a good idea easily move it around. Are tables with good locking ? I am afraid it could be too wobbly.
5. Really silly question. Should I use my fixed based to mount to the table top or the plunge base? I have the PC 893 fixed / plunge combo and assumed it should be the fixed base but after searching around here it looks like some folks use the plunge base.
6. What do most people use to keep the fence square to the work surface? A long T-Square, 90 degree square or maybe embed a ruler in the table? I saw some stick on ruler tape as well but worried the work piece might catch on it.
Sorry for the long post of questions but I really appreciate the great ideas from the members here.
Any advice or comments is appreciated.