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Portable table for Maktia MLT 100 Table Saw

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I bought this Makita MLT100 portable saw for my wood work. There is a small balcony I work in. So I built this small table on wheels to move the table saw wherever I want. It has this 6mm plywood which catches the saw dust which falls down. Also a big storage space to store my fence and miter sled.

Simple plan for this portable table saw.

The calculated table height is 22.5 inches.

The calculated table height is 22.5 inches.

The construction of the table is going to be very simple to keep it portable. It will be a box with a hollow top. The hollow top is through which all the dust that falls down the blade will be collected. The table saw height is 13.5 inches. The work table height is 38 inches and the castor wheels are 2 inches each. When I add the height of the table saw and the castor wheels and deduct it from the height of the work table it gives me the height of my table to construct. Its about 22.5 inches. I just like to keep everything in my shop portable.

The aluminium is the straight edge guide.

The aluminium is the straight edge guide.

I grab this long 18mm sheet of plywood and cut into size. Using this aluminum extrusion as the straight edge I made my cuts. Once I have more manageable pieces I turn to my table saw to make the cuts.

Cutting longer pieces with slider of the table saw.

Cutting longer pieces with slider of the table saw.

To make this portable box I will need 5 sides. Not sure if the flimsy fence will work. So I mark the lines using a straight edge and then use the sliding plate on my table saw to carefully cut along the line. For smaller pieces I used the table saw fence to guide the cuts. I repeat the steps to get all the four sides of the box.

Using a paint container draw rounded corners

Using a paint container draw rounded corners

Once all the 4 sides were cut I took the topside and began to cut a hole in the middle. Using a square I mark 3 inches from the ends of the plywood. Then I round the corners using a paint container.

8mm pilot holes have to be drilled before cutting with jigsaw

8mm pilot holes have to be drilled before cutting with jigsaw

Using a 8mm drill bit I drill the first hole through which I can insert the jig saw blade.

Using the jigsaw cut the hole on the top side of the box.

Using the jigsaw cut the hole on the top side of the box.

Then it’s a matter of cutting along the line patiently. The more precise you are the less sanding you have to do.

Start assembling the box.

Start assembling the box.

To keep the sides square while joining them I screw in two plywood cut outs to the work table. Then I butt up the sides against these plywoods and secure it temporarily with my 3D printed corner clamp.

Pilot holes should be drilled to avoid splitting of the wood.

Pilot holes should be drilled to avoid splitting of the wood.

Using the Dremel tool I drill some pilot holes. Then using some inch and half screws I fix the sides together to make the portable table. I did not use wood glue because I may later improvise this design. Flipping the box I followed the same step to join the rest of the sides and the bottom.

Test fit the backside and adjust the cut if necessary.

Test fit the backside and adjust the cut if necessary.

To create the back side of the portable table I cut the plywood into the correct dimension and test fit. The plywood has a small bend in it so I sit on it while I join it with screws. I secure the backside plywood with some screws from the side too.

Trim pieces are added to the top to secure the table saw in place.

Trim pieces are added to the top to secure the table saw in place.

When I drag the portable table saw around the work space I do not want it to slide around. So I decided to add some trim pieces. Using the left over cut outs I made some trim pieces. This will hold the portable table saw in place when I move the table around. Each trim piece is of width 3 inches which I cut it to size on my table saw. Without glue I attach it with some one and half inch screws.

These castor wheels will keep the table portable.

These castor wheels will keep the table portable.

To keep the table portable I am using some castor wheels. These cost me Rs.400 a box. It has two lockable wheel and two free moving ones.

Insetting the castor wheels will help our feet hitting it accidentally.

Insetting the castor wheels will help our feet hitting it accidentally.

To inset the wheels a bit I mark the distance first. Then drill some pilot holes before attaching them with screws.

Final Finish of the Portable table saw

Final Finish of the Portable table saw

I am happy how this portable table turned out to be. The 18mm plywood hold everything together and its very strong. I drove in some bolts to secure the table saw to the top. The sides are primed before applying two coats of Asian Paints Satin paint.

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