Forward progress finally got a bit faster. I had a lot of trouble with the top of the bench, getting it smoother out. I used a hand plane to do 95% of the work, and that did work for the most part. I had a lot of trouble with tearout, the plane blade tearing away wood, digging far deeper than the blade would have cut. I had to stop with the plane. I tried using a back bevel on the blade to increase the angle for less tearout, which I think helped, however I was still having the issue. I switched to sanding, an extremely tedious workout! I didn’t know how else to get it flat. Remember, this is the entire top of the bench, far too large to go into the 13″ planer.
This is a quick overview of some of the accessories you’d want if you just bought a new SawStop table saw (check out my PCS saw, click here), or are planning on buying one. If you want to use a dado blade, there are a few pieces you will need to buy. I also upgraded from the saw blade which comes with the saw.
When I bought my SawStop PCS 3hp saw, I immediately got the Bench Dog Pro Max 40-102 router table for it. Since this piece is smaller than the SawStop extension piece, I also got an extra SawStop cast iron piece to fit with it. The extra cast iron piece puts the router miter slots beyond the end of the 36″ rails, so I can slide pieces in and out of the miter slots easily. If you have the 52″ rails, you will need to figure out how you want to fill the empty space that gets made when you remove the extension table.
If you haven’t seen my YouTube video of this, you can view it here. All the rest of the links here are to Amazon, showing you what parts I got. I have a complete parts list at the bottom of this article.