After seeing the prices of "real" wood working equipment, I am deciding to build a table saw and a jointer myself. There will be many things to figure out and I have gotten excellent help and guidance from the nice people in this forum in the past. So I have more courage to tackle this project.
The first thing I am trying to understand is how to build the table saw "table". I want it to be a "cabinet saw" style, so the top will probably be something like 100cm x 120cm. At one edge of the table will be an opening to install a hand held router. How would I go about making this table top? I will have the same problem with the jointer as well.
Would it be economically possible to make it as cast iron? If I find a shop that will make it for me, when should I start machining the surface? Can I do that immediately or do I need to "age" the table?
I have a 16"x40" lathe and a milling machine with a 10"x50" table and both a vertical and horizontal spindle and I hope this equipment allow me to machine the tables. Worst case, I can divide the table into two pieces, machine them separately and then align the to each other. Am I way over my head, or is this possible?