For those of you who read all my posts. Somewhere I posted that I was thinking about making a huge 4’x8’ table saw workbench for my 10’x16’ shop. I saw some videos from a guy in South Africa where he did that, and did a pretty good job integrating the planer, and miter saw.
I have a very love/hate relationship with my miter saw, because it cuts very accurately, but makes a huge mess, and is enormous. It’s 10" with the big arm, so I can cut pretty wide material on it (12" or so). So far, I’ve really only used it to chop, and nothing very detailed.
One idea is to build it into the top in a way that it will be able to lift out, and be replaced with a flat section, and install it somewhere in the path of the table saw’s outfeed. That would be pretty annoying, but I would at least be able to chop long pieces if I wanted to. It’s still messy, and it is really heavy, so lifting it would be less than fun, especially if I went from rip to crosscut and back several times during a single build.
The table saw is really much cleaner, and I like using it more, and I also have a pretty easy time setting it up and using it to great accuracy. If I build the TS into a 8’ long table though, I won’t easily be able to rotate it in the shop, so I won’t be able to make long cross cuts on it.
Here’s the point of this post, I’m thinking that maybe I should buy another craftsman 113 table saw, and install it at a right angle to the first one, so my 4’x8’ table would have two. I could probably sell the miter saw on craigslist for about as much as a 113 saw costs. It would take some work to get the 113 in working order, but I kind of enjoyed that the first time.
Just a crazy thought. I’m still enjoying thinking about this build. Not sure when I’ll bite the bullet and give it a go.
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