Researching past posts here, I have seen suggestions about TS height
relative to user. I'm 6'3" and I want to raise my Dewalt 746 that has the
DW mobile base - and I'd like to keep the mobility. Beyond safety and
comfort, in my small shop it would be good for the TS to be a bit higher
than my other work surfaces so that I can cut large/long stock.
Question: What is the best way to elevate the TS? Anyone have a good
system in place - pictures would be great - to raise the saw. If I simply
extend the legs and keep the mobile base, should I use steel? If so, any
ideas for what type of stock I might look for? Thanks.
I too am 6'3" and just raised my table saw height. Average height of a man
is about 5'8" so I surmised that the saw height was based on that average.
I decidedly raised my table saw up by 5 inches. I used 1" MDF and framed it
underneath with 2by4s and I have four 3in castors from Woodcraft (the best
around) I have a small cabinet saw that weighs a ton and despite my best
try to make a base that would be solid, the sheer weight caused the base to
bend. I am in the process of adding 2 inch angle iron to solidify the base.
I have found the base to be great for stability being much larger than the
saw cabinet and easy to move on the top quality castors, which lock both
roll and swivel. I also set up my other rolling cabinets to be the same
height of the TS for infeed and outfeed.
You can be as tall as you like, but it's the inseam vs spine length that
counts. Ask the guy who had to go out and run to shorten his spine enough
to get into flight school, and is only 6' tall.
Your circumstances, with a saw and base combination which are unique won't
allow the best option, which for CS owners is a lift between the saw and its
base. I guess a subframe between the legs and the base would be best. As I
am a woodworker, it would be my version of a full frame - in wood.
Personal standard is being able to clear a piece from the rear of a fully
elevated blade without leaning into the saw.
I built a squat box to sit on my mobile base and then bolted my saw to that
using angle iron. It's plenty solid. I had to bend the angle iron slightly
to match the angle of my contractor saw legs, but that was easy to do.
Larry C in Auburn, WA
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