My shop is in the garage (with alot of other things) and I am looking for a way to set-up shop quickly and easily. This seems to fit the bill as I can build folding outfeed tables for the saw, a router table and some tools storage. I can roll it into place in the morning and roll it back into the corner at the end of the day. My thoughts were to build it about 3 feet wide and 8 feet long, with a fold down top that would add another 3 feet of width and 8 feet of length. This way I would have a large bench, outfeeds, router table and room for a miter saw (depending on what I am working on).
While this looks good in a picture or on paper is it really practicle. Will it support the weight of the saw (I plan to upgrade to a powermatic 64a and it weights between 300-400 pounds)? Or am I better off with building seperate outfeed tables and a knockdown bench?
It sounds good in theory. However, I wonder about some things. 1) Where will the chop saw mentioned reside when not in use? 2) Are you looking at any kind of DC connection for any connecte4d tools? 3) Have you considered just using the extra 3 x 8 sheet as a top and setting the chop saw on top. Maybe piano hinges or some such to fold it over on top of entire base when using as workbench/chop saw stand?
I can't think of anything else; but it sounds real good for now.
1. I would keep the chop saw on a shelf or somewhere else when not in use. I usually use it on a workmate. If I do use it on the bench it will be nothing more than placing it on a wodden surface.
2. Yes, I am definatly looking at DC. The router table is easy as the DC is in the fence and I will build some ducting for the table saw.
3. I planned on using piano hinges so that I can fold the top onto itself and store it out of the way. I would then build some legs to support it when it is open. This way I have a 3 foot outfeed table or additional workbench space.
I have something similar to that. Mine is 27 inches deep by 7 feet long. I designed it with the box below it that supports the saw's weight so that it has two pieces of 3/4 inch ply sandwiched together on each side of the saw base. My router table is at the end with a door for access and a drawer underneath for bits etc. Under the saw, I put a five inch duct that is screwed in place, makes a 90 and then reduces to a four inch to meet my DC on the other side. The one thing i would change about mine would be that I would use much bigger casters. Like 4 inchers. Would be much easier to roll. I tried to attach a pic, but am never able to make it work.
"Ever notice how good enough, is usually neither good nor enough?"
Thanks for the suggestions. I would love to see the pics of your mobile bench to get some more ideas.
I had another crazy idea for the bench. Here we go!
Since I do alot of cabinet work I am working with plywood all the time and I almost always work alone. So I would love to get a sliding table. But I can't overcome the cost and space. So I was thinking of making my own.
The mobile bench is going to be 8 feet long. I estimate 4 feet for the saw and I will probably put the router table in the right wing of the saw so it won't take up space. That leaves 4 feet of sliding table. I plan to build a cabinet under the sliding table to support it. The sliding table will attach to the cabinet with very heavy duty 36" slides (500 punds each slide). he sliding table itself would be a piece of plowwod with a laminated top and I would make a fence. So I estimate my crosscut would be 36", not bad.
I think the hard part is going to be getting the sliding table level with the cart and parallel to the saw.
Am I nuts? Is this too much? Am I better off using my CS to cut down the plywood?