I have a big, old, heavy 12" Minimax table saw and a small small shop.
If I could raise my saw about 3 inches I could slide my jointer,
welder and shop vac under the side table. Is there any reason why I
shouldn't build a heavy platform out of 4x4s and slide it under there?
any constructive coments would be apreciated.
If you think about the concept of a mobile base, the exact same thing is
happening. I put one under my PM66 and it kind of altered my finely crafted
plan to have my bench, chop saw & table saw at the same height. The down
side would be a slight loss in reach, but I doubt it would be significant. I
would bet running the saw would feel different. However, none of us are the
same size or shape, so there's no definate universal "truth". Other than a
bit of work, you've got nothing to lose.
Then again, the shop space you save, you will fill.
The only concern I see is to be very sure your saw is securely attached to the
"blocks". You sure don't want this thing falling over at the wrong time. I have
my old crapsman about 3" higher too but I was lucky enough to come up with some
old IBM "levelling pads" that they used on 360-370 mainframes. They give me a
very secure "grab" on the floor so nothing is moving around when I use the saw.
I'm 6'4" & hava Unisaw and didnt like the table height from day 1. After
about a week, I made a base from 2 X 6 on edge which runs out the full width
of the 50" side extension. I installed a BORG 30" x 24" 2 drawer/1 door
'knockdown' cabinet I had laying around underneath and it makes a great
place to store saw accs like dado and other spare blades. The height is good
now too, BTW.
I have a Powermatic artisan saw which has been on four inch blocks for the
past five years. I did not fasten either blocks to the floor or saw to the
blocks. I did it primarilly for my back; I hate to bend over. The real
advantage is that part of the jointer can be located under the saw table.
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