Upgraded to sliding table for Tablesaw

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 12-03-2014 09:54 PM 3383 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another project that has been rattling around in my head for some while. What had it stalled was the lineal rail and bearing system. One day when I was researching info on CNC routers I came across a set of Linear bearings and rails I felt was quite doable.

So after finding that I made my version:

You can also check out my blog as it has a lot of detail,”

The rest you may say is history. It is very easy to remove the extension wing, I have 3 lever ratcheting handles that you remove and loosen 2 – 9/16” nuts, lift the outer end off the bearing and pull the entire unit off. It takes less that 5 minutes to either add or remove the wing.

I have not done much as far as dialing it in, however when I made the first trial cut, I used a sheet of 1/4” plywood 4 X 8 . I crosscut the 4’ with less than 1/64 out in 4’, I am very pleased with that. One day I will have the time to get it on the money.

I hope you enjoy this post, I have had a great time building this sliding table. By the way it can crosscut up to 92” not bad for a shop made sliding table.

Please take time to comment, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 10:09 PM

WOW! What a nice project. It looks as if the time and effort you put in will pay you back for many years to come. I don’t have to build one though, it won’t even fit in my shop!. Great job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 10:21 PM

That is awesome, that will come in handy for a lot of projects. I wish I had the space for a sliding table. Great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 11:14 PM

Good job Todd.
Looks like you really nailed it. The paint job looks great too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 12:39 AM

Thanks Steve,
At least it looks painted, I hope t makes it look better. Thanks for following my posts, Todd

Thanks Steve in Ohio,
I do have a big shop, but I have always wanted something for breaking down sheet stock.

Thanks Jeff,
The great thing is how fast the extension come off, Then you just latch the outrigger back to the side of the saw.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 02:46 AM

Until I read the details, I thought it was bought.
It looks good.

Sounds like that 1/64 is minor. That’s pretty good for a first fitting.

Nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 02:54 AM

That looks like it will work like a charm Todd.
If I had still did some larger projects that would go to the top of my shop project list .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 01:33 PM

Man – 0 – man! I am SO impressed! What a great “up-grade” to your saw!

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Todd Swartwood

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 01:51 PM

Thanks Jeff, I like things I build to look like they belong as well as work right.

Klaus, I like you do mostly smaller projects, But I bought this big warehouse where I have a huge shop.
I have finished the first 3 bedroom apartment, I have a bakery to do next, and then 3 more apartments.
All of that said to say I have cabinets for the Bakery next and then kitchens for 3 apartments. And besides all of that
I can take the extension off in less that 5 minutes and still straight line over a 7’ board. Can ya tell I love it.

Thanks Joe, I think I even impressed myself LOL

Thanks a lot to all of you, your comments are very encouraging, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 05:25 PM

That’s amazing work, I can’t imagine building such a large mechanism myself. It will be very accurate and safe to use, I’ll bet.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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Todd Swartwood

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#10 posted 12-04-2014 10:38 PM

Thanks Allen,
So far it is very accurate and easy to use. Because of the way it works you tend to have your hands further from the blade, I believe that will indeed make it safer.
Have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 06:34 AM

Very Nice Project Todd and well done. Thanks for Posting.


-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 03:08 PM

Thanks Rick,

Have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#13 posted 12-05-2014 04:36 PM

Whoa!! I really like what you have done.
Having used altendorfs for 30 years at the shop, I always thought there should be some way to make something similar for the home shop. Congratulations you have done it. It will make things so much easier, efficient, accurate, and fun.

Best wishes Lynn

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#14 posted 12-05-2014 09:31 PM

Thank you Lynn,
You are right, in all my almost 40 years of building cabinets and furniture had never had the opportunity to use one. I was cutting some fairly large panels down today, and it was great. I have been really rattling it around
in my head lately I am very pleased with the outcome.

Have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#15 posted 12-29-2014 03:51 AM

Outstanding execution of this project!

-- Tom

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