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    I live in a 4th floor Apt in Taipei Taiwan. All buildings here are concrete. The concrete floor is probably 8-10 inches thick. So imagine my surprise when the neighbor below said he could hear me scroll sawing.

    So I got some 1/2 inch closed cell foam and some hard rubber pads to isolate the saw from the bench and the bench from the floor. The whole thing felt spongy to me. I was surprised to find that not only did my saw runs quieter, which I expected, but it ran smoother. I have a Makita SJ401, the only decent one I could find over here. But it will have to do until I retire.
    MinotBob
    Makita MSJ-401
    Universal Tools:
    Remember you only really need 2 tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct Tape

  • #2
    Cool idea who would've thunked it-- now when you say closed cell is that like the type they make ice chest out of?? and how thick was your sheet of rubber-see stupid does hurt it gave me a headache --lol

    Sharon

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    • #3
      No. Open Cell is the foam rubber that might be used to pad the seat of a chair. Fluffy and soft. Closed cell is heavy and dense. A piece of 1/2 closed cell you might not be able to compress very much with your fingers, maybe only 1/4 inch or so.
      MinotBob
      Makita MSJ-401
      Universal Tools:
      Remember you only really need 2 tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct Tape

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      • #4
        I also have a Makita SJ401. Have had good results with it the past 4 years. I have mine mounted on a homemade stand and it works great!

        Tim
        "All it Takes For the Forces of EVIL to Rule Is For Enough GOOD People To DO NOTHING!"

        Saws: Excaliber 30; Dewalt 788 'Twins', Makita SJ401 (Retired), Grizzly G1012 18" Bandsaw

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        • #5
          core-eagle
          That's how I have mine, on a homemade table. My space is limited. I found the plans from a link on this forum, I think. The craftsman called them the Lazy mans bench, I think because the top will tilt forward. You can see the black foam under the feet and under the saw. I also want to put a glueing drawer under the table but haven't got around to it.


          Where in Montana are you from? I was born and raised in Hamilton.
          Last edited by MinotBob; 03-25-2006, 09:46 PM.
          MinotBob
          Makita MSJ-401
          Universal Tools:
          Remember you only really need 2 tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct Tape

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          • #6
            Oh boy! Your space is the cleanest I've seen. How do you do it? I looked hard for some dust but still couldn't see any!!! I do like the idea of the foam.
            Cheers. Teresa .

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            • #7
              Wow, you have windows for light and your work area is so clean! I am stuck in the basement. I like the rubber idea, will have to see if I can talk hubby into reattaching my saw with some underneath.
              Thanks,
              Carrie

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              • #8
                Clean Uh. SWMBO says I have to clean up after each session. That's the same small porch where her washer and dryer reside. Thanks though.
                MinotBob
                Makita MSJ-401
                Universal Tools:
                Remember you only really need 2 tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct Tape

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MinotBob
                  core-eagle
                  That's how I have mine, on a homemade table. My space is limited. I found the plans from a link on this forum, I think. The craftsman called them the Lazy mans bench, I think because the top will tilt forward. You can see the black foam under the feet and under the saw. I also want to put a glueing drawer under the table but haven't got around to it.


                  Where in Montana are you from? I was born and raised in Hamilton.
                  MinotBob,
                  I must be blind in one eye and can't see out of the other. You have a very hansom s/saw bench. You did a good job building it. Very nice work. I'm not having much luck in finding the past posted plans you mentioned. Could you please post any plans that you may have? Materials list? Thanks. Tony

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                  • #10
                    The Link

                    Here is the link for the scrollsaw bench.
                    There is also a pedal powered saw on the same site.
                    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                    • #11
                      That's the bench. It's really confortable to work from using only a folding chair. I do need to set my stop for the angle down. I set one stop at all the way down, but I think it's too much nose down.

                      With the equipment I have, making those 15 deg and 75 deg cuts was a real challange. Here is the only power saw I had. A table saw with no mitre guage, no height adjustment and no blade angle adjustment. The blade wasn't high enough to cut completely through a 2X4 so all cuts had to be made twice. The long 75 deg cut was made with 2 cuts on the "tablesaw" and finished it off with a hand saw. A job that should have taken a couple of hours with modern tools took two days.
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                      MinotBob
                      Makita MSJ-401
                      Universal Tools:
                      Remember you only really need 2 tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct Tape

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                      • #12
                        Now THATS a tablesaw! Its amazing how we can cope, and make do with whats available!
                        Dale w/ yella saws

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                        • #13
                          Gosh Bob, whilst I admire your resourcefulness, I do hope you've got some sort of riving knife and guard for your table saw. If you've ever experienced kickback, you'll know how indispensable they are.

                          Gill
                          There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                          (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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                          • #14
                            Bob,
                            About 10 years ago I taught English in NE China - and many of the things I saw would have given an OSHA inspector a hernia in a second!! Surely there were many accidents, but somehow most of the folks used all due caution, and I saw almost no accidents. I also saw young men in Mexico using what looked like a totally unguarded table saw blade with no table - just attached to a spindle on a motor. Wood was just held up to it and kind-of carved. I would not even dare to try that - but they were apparently ok with it. (On the other hand - I didn't see any old guys working that way!)
                            Personally, I like all sorts of guards on the table saw, but I'm spoiled. It is amazing what some folks can make with seemingly primitive tools (and lots of time)
                            Please be careful with that jewel.
                            Sandy

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gill
                              Gosh Bob, whilst I admire your resourcefulness, I do hope you've got some sort of riving knife and guard for your table saw. If you've ever experienced kickback, you'll know how indispensable they are.

                              Gill
                              Never had a kickback. It has no fence, just a large piece of wood and small fence perpendicular to the saw blade. BLADE GUARD - we don't need no stink'n blade guard. The rest of the world has very little regard for safety.
                              MinotBob
                              Makita MSJ-401
                              Universal Tools:
                              Remember you only really need 2 tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the Duct Tape

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