Juggling Table Saws

In the middle of the shop, I have 3 table saws that are linked into one large table. Two of the saws are a Powermatic 72 and a Powermatic 66. These 2 saws I use all the time. They deal with each other; each is the outfeed table for the other saw. Next to these 2 saws, I have an Oliver 88 which I haven't utilized as much. In this job, I repaired the unsteady arbor on the Oliver 88, so the blade now runs straight and real. I also moved the Oliver 88 to become the side table for the Powermatic 66. This enabled me to utilize the fence from the 66 on both the 66 and the Oliver 88 offering the Oliver a fence and making the saw far more helpful. I likewise adjusted the Powermatic 72 somewhat so it is slightly more far from the Powermatic 66. I adjusted the fence on the 72 so I have more space to the left of the blade which I discovered to be better. Also, the emergency situation stop button on the 72 is a little more available. The whole setup got slightly narrower and a little bit longer, but I'm finding it extremely helpful.

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0:00 (intro).
1:20 (repairing).
4:17 (moving 88-D).
9:40 (moving 66).
14:18 (moving 72).
18:28 (completely).
22:10 (conclusion).

Juggling Table Saws

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22 Comments

  1. Frank, maybe some modifications can be made to your ‘crane’. Would make a good video. If you make a swing arm for the hoist so you can manipulate loads inside it support footprint, you’ll get more utility out of it.

  2. Worked out great, Frank. Getting the best shop layout is one of the hardest things and never ending.
    Bill

  3. There aren’t many cabinet shops that have 4 table saws, let alone home woodshops. That is quite the setup you have there. Many options for dedicated setups.

  4. I want to see more of the mechanical structure of the Rip-It. On my #72, a standard Biesemeyer fence is not stiff enough and I think we can all agree that it is a pretty stout design.

    1. Have you seen Jer Schmidt’s fence design? It’s one of the best IMO. He is on YouTube.

    2. @Andrew Bird I have and it is certainly interesting. His use of a “half nut” and lead screw is pretty clever for a tablesaw fence. I will likely build something similar for my #72 sooner or later.

  5. I’m having trouble setting up one cabinet saw in my shop. I cannot imagine trying to set up three.πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

  6. This was so fun to watch. Knowing the previous system pretty well from your videos, it was enjoyable to see how the new arrangement fit together. Or how you made it fit together. Just awesome.

  7. You now need remote controlled blast gates so the dust collection is directed as needed. I saw manual blast gates but those must be quite a pain to reach.

  8. Three table saws. Two Franks. Two videos in one. I think that equals a great woodworker/YouTuber!❀

  9. Nice work! You should look into a Burke bar, you’d be able to walk that saw right over with one and then easily change out your shims without hurting yourself.

  10. I was expecting to hear that you checked the planer and found the cut depth needed recalibration after the recent head change, but how banal! Glad to see a nice solid old machine back in active service.

  11. Hey Frank, I enjoy your videos and thought I would drop you a note regarding table saws and on/off switches. On my table saw I installed a push button switch (momentary) that was easy to find on the front of the saw that pulled in a relay to actually start the saw. A second contact on the relay held it energized. To stop the saw I put a kick plate just above the floor that was attached to the front of the saw. A normally closed switch was attached behind the kick plate, so that when the kick plate was kicked, the switch opened and dropped out the motor relay. No need to try to find the on/off switch, just kick the kick plate. I kept the regular start/stop push button for a safety shut off when the saw was not in use. Just a thought, again, always enjoy your videos.

  12. Hi, Frank.. I always seeing you fighting with your radial arm saw… Here is one suggestion. Make the pully from the counterweight rope bigger.. The bigger, the better. This is a lesson which i learned on my Homemade panel saw build. Greets from Germany.

  13. How many table saws do you need?
    Frank: Yes!

    Joking aside, awesome video! I’m especially in love with the crane!

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