Sliding Cutoff Table for tablesaw, A new idea.

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Project by bushmaster posted 01-01-2015 11:19 PM 2196 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone, Christmas is over, the family has left so I have been working on improvements on my shop instead of enjoying the view out my dinning room window.
A few years ago I had purchased a set of very large drawer slides from a surplus store with the idea they would be good for something, A few years later my brain finally clicked in it takes longer for some people, maybe age related. I am very happy with the results, works very smoothly and easy to take on and off, almost as easy as a sliding cutoff table, but easier and nicer to use, you do not have to stand directly behind the saw blade and fence can be used as a stop.
I screwed a wood strip on the bottom off one that fits in slot next to the saw. the other one is screwed to a piece of wood that clamps in a vice I had previously attached to the table saw. I do not have allot of space and it has been very handy. The slide next to the saw i made a metal bracket that will hold the side secure when the table is fully extended back. i can cut off a 38 inch width. I have used large expensive ones but I find this one easier to use, but I haven’t built anything yet, just made big pieces smaller.
It is removed by just loosening the vice and sliding it off. The only hard part is finding wall space to hang it.
I would like to thank everyone for all the great ideas you have posted and first class projects. I have 147 ideas and project on my favorite list and counting so will never run out of things to consider. Will be posting more of my improvements, as they may help someone, as you have helped me. THANKS SO MUCH.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 01:09 AM


Have you done any tests to see how accurate the cuts are?


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#2 posted 01-02-2015 03:00 AM

AS usual “master of everything” also the view is FANTASTIC!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 05:26 AM

I cut the end of the table off by running it through the saw, then set the fence with a carpenters square.. So cuts are square as a square. The slides are perfectly snug so it should remain that way. An adjustable fence could be used for angle cuts. The only disadvantage that I see is the top of the table is an inch up, but still you can cut almost 1 1/2 inches.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 05:52 AM

Thank you Bushmaster!

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 03:17 PM

Neat idea, not sure I could align the slides well enough to cut straight. Perhaps ripping a strip and actually using the blade and table to align them?

Still seems like using the fence as a stop is a bad idea though, especially since the cutoff piece isn’t supported on bottom?

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 09:23 PM

What about the play in the slides, does that create a problem for cutting accuracy?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 04:53 AM

There is no play in the slides that you can detect, they are very heavy duty. Do not know what they were used for as they extend both ways. I think I paid $20 for 4 of them.
It was easy to line up. Cut a strip of wood to fit in the miter slot, marked a center line, using the spacing of holes in the slides drilled a small pilot hole, then attached the slide. Next cut two pieces of wood the length needed for the spacing allowing me to make them parallel. Must have worked as once the top was screwed on it it moved freely. Feels tighter than a sled and less friction, very smooth.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 01-10-2016 02:15 AM

Cool Wish I could find a pair of those.
Heavy duty to the macks!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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