Revamping my Delta Contractor Saw #14: RHS Table Extension Complete!

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Blog entry by Mark Colan posted 11-26-2010 04:02 AM 5108 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: The Extension Table: The Edging Part 14 of Revamping my Delta Contractor Saw series Part 15: Where should I mount the router on my table saw? »

I eventually recovered from the problems reported earlier. I cut oak strips which, bolted to t-slots in the TS-LS rails, serve as supports for the table extension. In this picture you can see part of the oak rail bolted to the TS-LS rail, and you can see part of the new table extension sitting on it:


This mounting method is very convenient, because:
  • once the wood support is adjusted to the correct height (so that the extension table is aligned with the table saw’s cast iron table), I can easily remove the extension table and put it back without realignment. Three screws on front, and three on back, from the underside of the wood supports go into the wood edging of the extension table, holding it firmly to the supports.
  • the extension table is very heavy. All I have to do is get it balanced on one end, and it slides into place.

The bracket hanging off of the table saw’s table is no longer used. This is the original hardware for the Delta-provided extension table. I’m leaving the brackets there because, though unused, they are not in the way, and I’ll know where to find them should I ever want to change the configuration.

For more support, I used the heavy-duty legs that came with the saw’s original extension table. They are screwed into the underside of the extension table, and sit on the table saw’s mobile base.

Here is a full view of the saw with the new extension table:


-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 04:10 AM

looks fantastic – quite a bit of work, but well worth it in the long run.

what are those rectangular parts on the blade guard extension tube (one long and skinny, one squarish)?

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Mark Colan

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 04:43 AM

Yes, it IS quite a bit of work, but I am investing in a more accurate and easier to use system for future projects, and I think it WILL be worth it in the long run. OTOH I sure don’t want to die with a perfect shop that has never been used for actual projects!

The blade guard extension tube came with a reasonably handy black plastic shelf. The size is such that I can have some paper with notes in one well, and pencils, tape measures, or tools in the longer one. Is this what you’re talking about?

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 07:48 AM

Hey Mark,
Wow…that looks real sweet….nice job.

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 06:25 PM

Hey Mark,

I see your a mefffaaa boy :). I used to live in south shore had some friends that live on marton road. How do you like the incra? I justed scored a 2hp general table saw for 350 and thinking of doing something like your. BTW awesome job. I actually thing of removing legs and doing a cabinet design.

Thanks again Tom

-- Thanks Tom

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 01:57 AM

TMTJ: I’ve lived in Meffa for about 12 years, but locals would not call me a Meffa boy, because I wasn’t born here. It might be more accurate to say I’m a Peoria boy transplanted to Meffa.

I’m lovin’ the Incra, as I move up the learning curve and figure out more effective ways of using it. I haven’t even dug into the WonderFence part of it yet – a whole new universe of possibilities. The Incra does live up to its promise of set once, cut once, no more test cuts to see if its set right. It also lives up to repeatability claims: if I need to rip the same width again, just put an existing piece next to the blade, move the fence up to it, and it snaps into the correct notch. That’s assuming you don’t remember exactly how it was set; if you do, you just set to the same measure as before.

A downside of the cabinet design you’re thinking of – at least, if you’re using a mobile base like mine – the mobile base does not like a lot of weight on the right side. I have to re-adjust the feet to see if I can make it move more easily when in the “up” position.

-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA

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