|January 27. 2008|
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Saw & Router Station
The central powertool in my woodshop is my Ryobi BT3000 Precision Woodcutting System (tablesaw). This saw came from the factory with a retangular metal stand. After a few years i outgrew its' use. Sam Conder, owner and Adminstrator of BT3Central borrowed from several other designs including the U.T.C. (universal tool cart, citation escapes me) and designed, planned, and built his own BT3 moble saw cart, aptly named Maroon & Maple. My saw/ router cart follows his plans with a few modifications of my own. Namely an enclosed router box and horizontal sliding saw tray.
Even after several years mine is still a work-in-progress. I add to it as I find time when the shop is not occupied by other projects. My aim once finished is to have a functional eye pleasing workstation as my workshops center piece. The entire fron will be covered in Black walnut with a bit of birdseye maple mixed in with an oil finish. As you can see from the images at this wrighting I am close to seventy five percent done. I also plan to add an attached outfeed table the full width featuring moveable/ removeable spacers to allow the SMT (sliding miter table) full function on each side of the blade plus a depth of three feet and the addition of at least one woodworking vise along with dog holes. This will do double duty as my work bench.
A few construction details: Most all of the carcase was built with 3/4" MDF. The back is 1/2" MDF. The top that holds the Router station is a double layer of 3/4" MDF with a high pressure laminate applied to the surface. This was edged on all four sides with black walnut. The saw's rails attach dirctly to the front and have thin spacers between the cart and the rear rail. Moving the rails is still possible but requires using a ratchet, socket, universal swivel joint and several extensions to reach the rear bolts. The front ones are only slightly more accessable. The lower most front panel as well as the sides willsomeday be painted with a light pastel purple a few shades lighter than the trim in my shop.I you won a Ryobi or Ryobi manufactured Crtaftsman branded version of the BT3 saw and am planning to build your own cart feel free to use the sites contact button to ask any questions you may have.