From The Workshop – Table Saw Stand

Table Saw Stand

I built my table saw stand over the weekend.  It wasn’t a difficult build – except for the part where one middle-aged man had to wrestle with a 4×8 sheet of plywood in a very small space.  My shop space isn’t that large and full sheets of plywood are much heavier than you think.  Normally I have the lumber yard cut the sheets down to a manageable size before bringing them home but I ended up with a full sheet.  The stand is cut from the single sheet of ¾ inch exterior grade pine plywood – i.e. cheap wood.  Also, it was just taking up a bunch room in the shop and using it freed up a bunch of space.  It isn’t fine furniture but still it is my creation and satisfies my need to build stuff.

The technical details go like this:

I rough cut the sheet on saw horses with a skill saw in the side yard.  I’ve got a couple of long aluminum straight edges I clamp down to guide the saw.  Then I took the rough cut parts over to the table saw and cut them to their final size.  The table saw is much more accurate and once the fence is set you can get the same size rip cut on multiple pieces – that will never happen with my skill saw.  I used pocket screw joinery using the Kreg pocket screw jig http://www.kregtool.com/ to assembly the whole thing.  A little glue along with the pocket screws and this thing is solid and not going to fall apart.  I put locking casters on so the whole thing can be moved but still locked into a safe position for use.  I put the wheels on at 90 degrees to the saw blade to help prevent movement when pushing a piece of wood through.  The DeWalt 744 is really just a portable table saw and not really suited for sheet goods so most of the pieces I cut on it are small.  I manage a fair amount of work on it and have a set of bookcases I built using this little saw.

Push from this side

The whole project took about three hours to complete (not counting design and drawing time).  I had planned to put in a shelf and a couple of doors but once I got the stand built I decided not to, as they didn’t seem that useful on the finished piece.  If I find a need for doors or another shelf, they are easy enough to install.  I will build an out feed table for it which will double as an assembly table.  My shop is very small so everything has to do double duty around here – hum this out feed table could triple as the table for the vacuum press I am going to order this week…

Now, I’ll admit that the stand is just down right ugly and not all the joints are square.  On the good side it is functional and will give me a place to store all my table saw accessories like my extra blades, dado set and my soon to be built crosscut sled.  Yeah, I know it is kind of silly to build a sled for this cheep saw but I’ve always wanted one and can’t really justify a new saw but I do have some MDF (medium density fiber board), oak scraps and a couple of aluminum miter bars…

But then this is whole thing isn’t about being perfect or doing the right thing.  It’s about doing something.  It’s taking all my skills, as flawed as they are, and making something.  I drew the plans, I cut the wood, I glued the parts together and proudly set the saw on top.  There are woodworkers who could have done a better job, but this one is mine – I made it.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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