2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rollers Make Great Cutting Table
Either saw sits in the middle of one 10-ft. roller section. The other roller section was cut in half to provide two 5-ft. sections. All sections mount on wheels.
"It really comes in handy for cutting long materials such as 30-ft. sections of oil field pipe or long lumber, because I can move the other 5-ft. sections wherever I need them," says Mallett. "I can easily lift either saw out of the conveyor and exchange it, depending on whether I'm cutting steel or wood."
He started with two 10-ft. long conveyor roller sections that are about 30 in. wide. He welded legs and caster wheels under each corner on one complete section. Then he removed a number of rollers from the middle and welded a section of expanded mesh below the opening, to serve as a platform for the saw. Each saw sits on a couple of 2 by 4's that keep the cutting surface exactly level with the conveyor's roller tops.
The other 10-ft. conveyor section was cut in half to provide two 5-ft. sections. He welded legs and caster wheels on them, too.
To collect debris, he mounted an old metal tub under the saw. It's held on with S-hooks which makes it easy to lift off and dump. He also mounted a curved shield, which was originally part of a protein feed tub for cattle, to deflect dust and chips. It's held on with zip ties.
"It's one of the handiest things I've ever done for my shop," says Mallett. "The caster wheels let me roll the cutting table anywhere I want and also serve as an additional table surface for other projects when needed. I set the conveyor rollers at a 35 1/2-in. height to match the height of my welding table. That way if I want to extend a piece of what I'm cutting over to the welding table, everything will be at the same working height."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, T.C. Mallett, 3209 Silverleaf Drive, Austin, Texas 78757 (ph 512 914-9818; email@example.com).
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