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sean9c 03-10-2017 04:49 AM

A couple of changes to my EZ1
 
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I got an EZ1 a while back from a Rockler store closeout. After assembling it I decided to make a couple of changes. My shop is dominated by a 4'X8' rolling table that I do just about everything on. I thought the EZ1 took up too much shop space standing on its own so I decided to take the legs off and make it so I could place it on top of my table when I needed it. So I made some new plywood corners to replace the corner brackets. It will also work on sawhorses. When not in use it stands on a couple of brackets against the wall.
One feature I didn't understand about the EZ1 was why you'd put the squaring fence on a moveable crosspiece. Every time you move the crosspiece you need to resquare it. Or, more likely you just don't move the crosspiece but then why have it moveable? So I moved the squaring fence out to the SSME that makes up the frame. This also frees up the sliding crosspiece and adds some cutting capacity.
Here are a couple of pics

Dino 03-10-2017 10:51 AM

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why have it moveable?
Sean, you can always make it non movable...like you did.

the whole idea with the open top is that you can transform the table to
just about anything,, Like a smart cutting table or a drop-in Tablesaw stand.
you can always screw the movable fences with a small screw and only move it
straight and back. No sideways.
That keeps the cut line clean and easily re-square-able.
Keep in mind that the only parts need to be square is the one's that you use.
The Guide rail and the fence that you register the wood.
If you drop the table or damage any part of it...no problemo.

looking good.
tx
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bumpnstump 03-10-2017 12:34 PM

Good going, Sean! I like that you can remove/replace/store the EZ table when/where needed. That was my line of thinking when I made my PBB, using EZ track for the sides. Made it rigid enough to take the abuse of transport and relocating and still maintain it's squareness. Being able to quickly stand it in the corner, if need be, to get it out of the way, is a nice feature.

A while back, I had the opportunity to use one of the EZ-1's like your model. (I have the earlier model EZ-1, w/the center beam; its permanently mounted on a cabinet.) I was using the EZ-1 on a gravel driveway; plywood on top of the gravel gave a solid surface upon which to place the EZ-1. I kept noticing, tho, that the table wasn't giving consistent square cuts, even tho I kept squaring the track to fence. Turns out that each time I stepped on/off the plywood, it allowed the table to rise/lower, due to the gravel underneath shifting a bit. That shifting allowed one or the other corners of the EZ-1 to rise/lower, throwing the squareness out. I moved the table onto a concrete slab surface; anchored it to one spot; re-squared it; problem solved. I only mention this in case you put your EZ-1 on, say, a couple of saw horses and notice it's out of square; might be one of the corners needs shoring up a bit.
hth,
Rick

Dino 03-10-2017 01:02 PM

Plus...you have few extra parts for extensions/fences and other stuff.
the power of ez.

tx
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