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Blog entry by childress posted 09-30-2009 05:33 AM 4635 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking at this, you can see I have a little too much time on my hands. But I guess good things can come from having no work… You get to make jigs and the like!

This “side project” started after I received about 8 tabletops (it was 15 halfs) from a local stain mfg that recently went out of business. The tops were all damaged in shipment here to the states, they got them to test their products on. Well, now they don’t need them and I scored!

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I ripped, planed and laminated into a board that is aprox 10” X 42” X 1&1/2”

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Then I did the same and made post size pieces. 3” X 42” X 2&1/2”

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I took three of the “posts” and milled a tongue and groove into them to create a huge “drawer slide”.

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Then came mounting it to the saw. I had to weld two tabs to the edge of the table saw because the “drawer slide” needed to sit 1&1/2” lower so the sliding table would be flush with the table saw top

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After mounting and measuring for the legs, this is what I got! What do ya think?

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After waxing the tongue and groove, this baby slides like it’s on bearings. I can pull it around 40” in front of the blade with no deflection. Now, I just need to make a fence for it and square it up. fine tune it so there is no side play and I’m good to go.

-- Childress Woodworks



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childress

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#1 posted 09-30-2009 05:37 AM

sorry, working on it

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 05:42 AM

Yes I’d like to see you slider

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 09-30-2009 05:58 AM

Very interesting. Is it accurate? Does it have any slop?

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 09-30-2009 10:03 AM

Looks very nice, I really like the way you added the tabs on to the underside of the table. This method would also help with attaching other useful accessories like an out feed table. Thank you so much for the detailed pictures. Please let use know how well this new sliding table works out over time.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 09-30-2009 10:26 AM

I think you are a real craftsman. The table looked solid and good. I have a sliding table on my combi machine and I really love it. Yours is a lot farther away from the blade than mine and wider. I think this will be a big advantage when you are cutting big panels. It would be nice to see it with all the bells and whistles mounted.

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-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-30-2009 12:21 PM

Very ingenious modification. It is truly a good use for what might have discarded.

I am curious though. You are extending what is already a pretty good size saw table. How large a surface is typically considered adequate?

I have a rather small shop and am used to working with lesser work surface.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#7 posted 09-30-2009 04:26 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. John, the accuracy of this will depend on me. As long as I can build a fence and keep it square, I should be good. Right now it has a little side play once I push it past the blade, I just need to adjust the runners or “drawer glide” to take it away.

Thanks Mike, I was wondering why the pics wouldn’t come up, I’ll try that next. And yes, I do know that the sliding tables you buy for saws are meant to replace the left wing. I didn’t want to remove my wing and I basically wanted to be able to cut something big like a panel or a door. I can fit a 3 ft wide door and trim it if needed. My biggest concern now, is how I’m going to make the fence. I wanted to make it reach to the blade, but I’m afraid there will be too much deflection….we’ll see.

dusty2, not sure if a work surface size can be considered “typical size”. I just wanted something beefy that would hold large heavy items. I am actually concerned now that I built this and installed it, because I will be moving my shop soon into a smaller place. Not sure how this is going to work then.

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 09-30-2009 05:32 PM

Great entry.

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#9 posted 09-30-2009 05:50 PM

Looks great Eric. I would love to do something like this on my saw.

I’m looking forward to meeting you on Friday.

-- San Diego, CA

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childress

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#10 posted 10-01-2009 01:01 AM

Thanks Todd.

Yes interpim, looking foward to seeing you. I hope they allow fishing poles on board. I’m planning on bringing two

-- Childress Woodworks

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#11 posted 10-01-2009 02:09 AM

That’s cool!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#12 posted 10-01-2009 03:08 AM

The slider looks great. Very nice engineering.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#13 posted 10-01-2009 04:05 AM

Great idea, looks like a great back saver.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#14 posted 11-13-2009 02:33 PM

Very cool idea, a practical solution to non steel wook slider!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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