Tablesaw Extension

Tablesaw Extension

Make wide cuts in a small shop.

By Roy Smith
There’s not enough room in my garage shop for a tablesaw with a 52-in.-capacity rip fence. But no worries—I don’t need one! To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made extension that bridges my saw to the wall—and doubles its 30-in. rip capacity!

I made my extension by framing a piece of 3/4-in. mdf with rails on three sides. I covered the top of the extension—and the face of its fence—with plastic laminate.

I attached U-shaped mounting brackets to the wall and the saw. The extension simply drops in place (see Fig. A, below, and top photo, right). I had to drill holes through the saw wing to mount the saw bracket. A cleat on the bottom of the extension wing hooks into the saw bracket. The wall brackets’s wide “U” makes it a bit easier to jockey the tablesaw into position, because it allows a little wiggle room.

I routed grooves in the extension to recess the T-track and the adhesive-backed rules. To calibrate the rules, I set the extension’s fence parallel to the blade and made a test cut. The width of the test piece now indicated the fence’s distance from the blade, so I used its measurement to install the rules (middle photo, right). An L-shaped storage cleat mounted on the extension’s bottom allows storing the extension wing vertically (bottom photo, right).

Fig. A

To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made extension that bridges my saw to the wall—and doubles its 30-in. rip capacity!

The extension installs easily. Its front and back rails capture the saw bracket to minimize movement.

To make wide cuts, here's how to install a shopmade extension that bridges your saw to the wall—and doubles its 30-in. rip capacity!

Use both rules to set the fence. The rules are calibrated so the fence is parallel to the blade when both measurements match.

To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made extension that bridges my saw to the wall—and doubles its 30-in. rip capacity!

The extension table stores on the wall. This flexibility frees shop space that would have been occupied by my saw if it had a super-wide-capacity rip fence.

Source

Note: Product availability and prices are subject to change.

Rockler, rockler.com, 800-279-4441, 36033 Aluminum T-Track, 3/8” x 3/4” x 36”; 33965 1” T-Slot Bolt; 71514 2” T-Knob; 69116 Left-to-Right Self Adhesive Rule, 6’.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker September 2007, issue #130.



September 2007, issue #130


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