I have a Jet contractor table saw which I'd like to close off the back
(I have a dust collector hooked to it). The magnet idea in another
thread is a great idea, but I'm wondering if I can enclose the entire
back including motor, so I don't have to screw with anything when I
tilt the blade?
Can I do this without killing the motor in the long run?
I'm planning to do this to my Grizzly contractor saw. It will be part of a
foldable outfeed table. My plan is to leave part of the back open, because
you need air flow for dust collection. The opening will let the incoming
clean air flow directly over the motor. (The rest of my saw is sealed very
First I have to get a T-square style fence. My Shop Fox Original uses both
front and rear rails, making it difficult to attach an outfeed table to the
rear of the contractor saw.
It has a roller and a clamp on the rear angle iron rail. The fence extends
about 6" beyond the back of the saw, and the clamping mechanism at the back
extends about 2 1/2" below the top of the table. Here's a picture.
It's a nice, accurate fence but I want to get one without without a back
rail so I can build my outfeed table. Make me an offer by email if you
wish. <g> Shipping would be from zip 20715 in the USA.
:-) I wasn't asking to buy, more to offer a method & plans if it was
like my PM64A, which just glides on the rear angle. I think your only
option other than a new fence is a rolling storage unit, which in itself
isn't a bad idea.
An unkind remark is like a killing frost. No matter how much it warms
up later, the damage remains.
Space is very limited in my one car garage shop. There are several
advantages to a folding extension table vs. another roll around. (I already
have to juggle space with 8 things on rollers, sanding table, table saw,
router table, ... <g>)
- Space when stowed. With the table folded down the saw would be only an
inch or so "deeper."
- Leveling. My garage floor isn't very level. A roll around would need
height adjusters on each corner. The folding extension table will be
attached to the saw and the base and won't need to be leveled to be used.
- Dust collection. The extension table will enclose the motor. It will
be vented, and will be an improvement over the piece of hardboard now
covering about 1/2 of the opening at the back.
- Storage. Since space is limited, the folding extension table is just
part of doing something like this with my table saw.
I'm also thinking of drop-in tools on the right side like this.
... Someday ... <g>
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