My table saw is a '54-56 era Delta contractors saw. I replaced the
fence with 30" Delta T-square fence I bought on sale at Lowe's. I'm
real happy with it. I grew up with a delta unisaw from same era, and I
would not trade my contractors saw for that cabinet saw because my own
cabinet is 100 times nicer and more functional than the unisaw cabinet.
I built my own rolling cabinet with dust collection, and on the same
cabinet is my jointer. The jointer fence is the exact height of the saw
table. Along the entire 24 foot back wall of my shop I have a work
table that is also the exact height of my saw table and jointer fence,
and work bench, so I have plenty of support for long pieces on my saw,
but I really like my jointer right next to the saw and the jointer fence
supporting most work on the left side of the saw.
Under the 24' work table I have my air compressor and cabinets and
shelves to store stuff. The adjacent wall I have my lathe, grinder,
scroll saw, drill press and band saw. These all fit nicely against a
wall, leaving plenty of space for my disk belt sander, planer, shaper
and router table.
Here's a couple of pictures, perhaps they could spark some shop ideas.
Oh, yeah, I really, really like this wood storage rack.
It holds a bunch of ply, lumber, and cut offs. Plans are everywhere on
the net. I wish I would have built it 40 years ago. Much, much better
than standard overhead storage, and takes up less space than I would
It sits perpendicular between the saw and the shop doors so I can load
it easily, and get to the lumber with ease for cutting. It's on wheels
but is so damn heavy it's a bear to move, it really needs steel wheels.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
Nice, I'm going to keep the delta ts I have now and use it for
green material and short production runs, where set up time isn't a
I never could force myself to buy a really nice fence for so little saw
but looking back I should have done it years ago.
That would be very useful for shorts, the bulk lumber
will be stored in the barn.
Providing I can keep the wood boring bumblebees out of it,
I may have to install some sacraficial poplar anodes for them. :)
I plan to keep sheet goods in the new shop and am pondering
a lift to elevate a flat storage platform over head.
Complete with saftey chains, don't need ton of plywood
landing on me. (on second thought, with that written down it just
looks like a recipe for disastor)
For sure less space than having it scattered all over.
One roll up door will be perpendicular to my mitre saw setup to allow
material breakdown to lenght as it is unloaded.
It's this odd weather condition that other places have. Apparently, water
falls out of the sky! I don't believe it myself, I think those people who
talk about it have never heard of Chicken Little.
It's that wet stuff that falls out of the sky in Northern California,
hits the ground, then is collected and pumped to Southern California
where it gets used.
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