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After milling the parts for the shelf frame, crossing them and cutting the corner pieces, (read the first part of this story here) I connected them to the legs with screws. I found that the shelf geometry was closer to a trapezoid than a square or rectangle. Also, even if I could have cut a piece of plywood to cover the entire surface, it would have been a hassle to insert it without disassembling at least two of the legs. My solution was to divide the shelf area into three sub-units. This way each of the units could be made separately and installed easily. To prevent the central unit from sagging, I glued two long strips of wood to the left and right sub-units to serve as sturdy supports. All three pieces fit inside the rebate area of the frame and can be removed if necessary.
My next improvement on the saw holder was to make a top shelf to primarily accommodate the miter gauge. This shelf was also supposed to house any future improvements needed such as a pen holder, an on-off master switch (for the saw and dust collector), etc.
To perfectly fit the top shelf to the foot of the saw I used a level gauge. After transferring the arch shapes, I cut them out and then made a hole for the miter bar by drilling and chiseling a through mortise. After painting the shelf I installed it with bolts and nuts.
My latest improvement was to make a wooden hook to hang the three-way extension under the shelf. This extension cord allows me to efficiently connect the saw, dust collector and future spot lamp to a power source via a cable.
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