Table saws are available in a variety of sizes; stations for them are usually built to the size of the saw. The critical measurement for a table saw station is the height of the saw itself. When cutting the parts, allow for a ¾-inch tabletop for the station.
Things You'll Need
- 2 pieces 35¼-by-96-by-¾-inch MDF
- Carpenter's square
- 20 Joist hangers for 2-by-6-inch lumber
- Variable speed drill
- 1/16-inch drill bit
- Philips head screw tip
- 5/8-inch wood screws
- 10 pieces of 2-by-6-by-46½-inch lumber
- 1 ½-inch drywall screws
- 2 pieces 35¼-by-46½-by-¾-inch MDF
- 1 piece 48-by-96-by-¾-inch MDF
Measure from one end of the 96-inch MDF; make a mark every 16-inches. Do this along the top and the bottom edge of both pieces. Place the carpenter's square on the marks and draw 5-inch long lines on each mark. Next, drill two pilot holes on each of the lines. Also drill pilot holes along the 35¼-inch edges on 6-inch centers.
Place the joist hangers so that the marks from Step 1 center them. Secure the hangers with 5/8-inch screws. Repeat until all the joist hangers are installed. Do not install joist hangers on the ends of the 96-inch MDF.
Space the 96-inch MDF pieces apart so the 2-by-6-inch lumber will fit between them. Install the 2-by-6s in the joist hangers on the floor first. Secure them through the MDF and into the lumber with the 1½-inch drywall screws. Next, do the same for the top joist hangers.
Place one of the 46½-inch MDF between the 96-inch pieces on one end. Secure it with the 1½-inch drywall screws. Repeat this for the other end.
Place the 48-by-96-inch piece of MDF on top of the box. Measure from one end and make a mark every 16-inches. Use the straight edge to draw lines across the MDF to indicate where the 2-by-6 joists are located.
Drill pilot holes every 6-inches with the 1/16-inch drill bit. Next, drill countersink holes for each pilot hole. Position the top on the box and secure it to the joists with the 1½-inch drywall screws.
Tips & Warnings
- Be certain not to drill the countersink holes too deep. Get help when securing the end 2-by-6s; there will not be joist hangers to hold them in place.
- Do not leave power tools unattended in the presence of children. Do not attempt to move the table by yourself as this can cause back injury.
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