In a couple of my Blogs or Projects I’ve mentioned my Sliding Table. I thought I’d give you a view of it. It’s made by Exaktor Tools Phil Humphry was the owner and engineer who designed the table. It looks like new owners now.
It was a tossup between the Exaktor and Excalibur . The table saw that I purchased was a Fay-Egan commercial saw. The files of the Manufacture have been destroyed so no history exists that give serial numbers and dates manufactured. The company went bankrupt in 1937, others bought the assets. And a fire in 1957 destroyed many casting molds.
I’m not sure of the date of mine. I’ve not been able to find one anyplace.
The side of the cabinet is 3/8” plate steel, the top is 40 X 44 cast iron. There are no wings on this table. It looks like to me that the workers who used this saw raised the blade up as high as it would go, and it stayed that way for its entire life. The top of the table is bowed by the motor pressing on the cast iron.
The motor arbor is the blade shaft; it is a direct drive, no belts. It’s a 16” blade with 1 1/8” bore.
In researching sliding tables I knew that they were not designed for a table like mine. They usually want you to take off a wing and then bolt the sliding table to the saw, in place of the wing.
What my concern was that the end of the fence would be so far away from the blade that you would not be able to use the table except on long wood pieces.
I called Phil Humphry at Exactor, told him my problem and he said let me go to the shop and see what I can do. I’ll call you back. Call back he did and he said that he’d modify the fence to give me a longer one so that it would be close to the blade. And he would give me an extension so that when I am using 45 deg I could still be close to the blade. So I bought it.
It allows you to cut a full size sheet of plywood Here I’m going to cut a 2’ section off the sheet of plywood. It will be used for the Buffet / Hutch I’m making.
That is the back of the sliding table. To cut wide sheets you put the fence at the back of the sliding table.
This is now at the operator side. You push the plywood and it stays against the fence for width and the sliding table for ease of movement.
Then you just push the cutoff piece past the blade.
The fence that I use at the back is the original Mfg fence.
but I purchased an Incra track to be used as a replacement. It still mounts in the same place but it gives me accuracy to 1/32 of an inch on cross cutting wood.
The moveable stop is use to set the 90 deg stop for the fence. Once it’s set it should never have to be adjusted.
I’m able to use the Incra Shot Stops for controlling length of cutoff pieces. With the scale set to zero to flip down wood stop just touches the blade.
Set it to 5” and you get 5” of wood.
And when it’s setup correctly you also get a light free 90 deg cut.
I enjoy the slider and it’s usually another work table for me with wood stacked on it. I had to do a lot of cleaning to be able to cut the plywood. This wood will be used for the side and back panels for my Buffet / Hutch that I’m blogging about the construction. This will be the substrate for the veneer.
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