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Change of Plan

Unfortunately, neither the title or subject of this post bear any relevance to my aim of ‘taking a break‘ from woodworking in 2013.

I mentioned the other day that I was also starting to work on a mobile base for my table saw (site saw). I had one idea in mind but, after more browsing of videos on YouTube I’ve come across my new favourite, before I do any more:

This one uses more wood (which I have plenty of) and less of the ply (which I don’t really have). I also like how it’s a simple foot-pedal operation, similar to the metal bases I’ve purchased in the past. One foot, one movement and one operation. No need to work with any metal (yuck) or to have to worry about activating it from each side.

I should be able to use my existing 2x2in frame. At worst, I might have to beef it up in two areas. I could add a plywood ‘pedal’ to the top of the timber and maybe cut a notch the the spring-piece, instead of a stopped groove. I’ll probably use 3in castors over 2in as they seem to roll better across uneven floors.

My weekend is otherwise vacant so, I should be able to find some time to work on this some more, as long as it’s not really cold. I was hoping do a bit of walking this weekend but, here in the south-west, there are still many ponds, lakes and rivers where there was only grass and mud before! It cannot drain away so, I don’t know where else or when it might go.

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1 + 1 = …1?

This is something that’s been playing on my mind, recently. I’ve come to the conclusion that storing my router table underneath the mitre saw isn’t the most practical solution for my workshop. Although I built it as a benchtop model, it is quite heavy and, I keep looking that Black & Decker Workmate and asking myself; “Is there a way in which I can better utilise this space?“.

I seem to be using my table saw far more often than I had anticipated when I bought it (well, it is nice not to have to change bandsaw blades so frequently!) and, as I’d like to be able to increase the width support (ripping capacity) on this saw, it only seems logical that I should try to bring a router table in to the equation as well. Then, I could store power tools (with or without their cases) below both machines and relegate that hazardous Workmate to the rear wall.

I’d have to start by buying the base attachment rails I was talking about many months ago. They’re not cheap but, at 1180mm long, that’s going to leave a lot of room for some kind of addition on that right-hand end. Currently, the saw’s table is a bit less than 600mm wide. Even with an allowance for the potential sliding cross-cutting table on the left-hand side (6in or so?), I should really look to do something with all that extra space – I still don’t fancy spend £120 on what looks to be a fairly straight-forward width extension. For that, I could buy a new mounting plate, NVR switch, a whole sheet of Formica and still, walk away with change in my pocket!!

So, it seems like a good idea for the future; whenever I can find the time. Plenty of other people have done it if you look across any of the woodworking forums so, it can’t be a bad idea, can it? 🙂

Thanks for reading.

‘Dart’ Circular Saw Blades

A few weeks after purchasing my PK200 table saw back in September, I took a chance on a couple of new German-made saw blades from SawShop.co.uk. I’d not heard of either company at the time but spotted an ad in the back of Good Woodworking magazine for “German quality circular saw blades“. At only £30 for a pair of 210mm blades for my saw (one with 28t, the other 60t), I decided it was worth a punt.

Before Christmas, I managed to film the following low-quality footage while ripping some timber for my Secret Santa gifts and the MDF for some workshop accessories. I have more comments to add further down and, as always, would welcome any from yourselves.

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One Last Stand (…for 2010)

Now, I remember why I used to hate working forty-hours a week – it leaves you with very little time (and energy) for woodworking – hence, why I haven’t had much to blog about for almost an entire month now. Working a mixed shift pattern of early mornings late evenings doesn’t help much, either. With money coming though, I’ve been able to stock up on materials for a few workshop improvements I’m planning to keep myself busy through the winter. This first one is a simple cabinet stand for my recently-acquired PK200 table saw. I also have plans to make a fit some new fences to my mitre saw and router table; while I’ve also decided I will make an MDF table for my pillar drill, even though Axminster sell something that costs only £50.

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