Table saw extension tables

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Project by Dynamike posted 02-12-2016 03:21 AM 2522 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was way overdue.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 04:07 AM

That is a nice set-up you have, excellent work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 12:28 PM

Yes, very nice work. However it looks way too clean to me. Time to make some sawdust!

-- DonB

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 02:47 PM

Wow, the fold-away rear extension is fantastic! Did you engineer yourself and/or are the plans available? I would love to build something like this on mine. Looks like it came from the manufacturer!

How do you like the router extension on the left? I’ve wondered about setting things up this way myself but haven’t pulled that trigger yet. Would love to hear your feedback as you don’t see it this way very often.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 04:08 PM

One of the nicer setups I have seen!

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#5 posted 02-13-2016 12:21 AM

I’ve wondered about the router on the left myself whenever it get’s in my way when I need to jump back to the table saw for a wide cut. How are your rails holding up for straight and flatness? That seems like a lot of weight to support. It’s beautiful though. Nice work.

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 03:19 AM

No plans for this sorry. It’s custom built for my Steel City saw. I just kept hackin’ away until it fit the way I wanted it. The table surface is two layers of 3/4 MDF glued and edge banded with 1×1/2 silver maple. The Mounting bracket started out 3 layers 3/4 maple but I whittled it down to fit into the new channel. Relief holes were drilled to make way for the channel bolts. I had to sneak up on every cut to get it to fit just right. The new channel irons are 3/16×2 1/2×72”. I shouldn’t get any sag. They are bolted under the existing channels. I thought while I was at it I’d make that little extension on the left as well. I love the router in it’s new place. It freed up an area in the shop and now I can rout long pieces with room to swing them around. I cut the router table to fit the gap between the channels and put in 3 5/16 brass threaded inserts on each side, right into the table edge. Threaded inserts also for the little mini wing The whole thing is pretty solid. I’m designing a pneumatic raising device with a foot release, that new table top weighs 57 lbs.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 03:27 AM

@kocgolf, Any inconvenience I may have made in regards to putting the router table there versus the space I freed up was well worth it to me. My shop is very small but I do what I have to to work around the inconveniences. Quite often i’m moving tables and machinery around just to make a couple of cuts but it is what it is.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#8 posted 02-13-2016 04:22 AM

Nice setup.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 02-13-2016 04:54 PM

The fold down rear extension table is just plain marvelous.
This is a real nice saw/router station!

I have always intended to add one to my saw but the ”the road to ruin is paved with good intentions” at least for now.
I had some of the open grid side extension I was going to join in some fashion but thought differently after pinching my fingers in the open grid on several occasions.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 02-14-2016 03:30 AM

I agree with everyone before me. Very nice addition to your saw.

-- Joe - - There is no elevator to success. You must take the stairs.

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#11 posted 02-17-2016 05:09 AM

Very well done and quite substantial. Just wondering, does using pneumatics mean you’re approaching overkill? lol

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#12 posted 02-17-2016 05:50 AM

JCinVA, Yep it sure could be viewed as overkill but it’s a relatively simple Idea using gas pistons with a foot release. My shop is really small and that extension gets lifted and put down a lot, and it weighs a lot, and I’m getting old. haha I’m a retired machinist and I love incorporating mechanics and gadgets in the things I build.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#13 posted 03-02-2016 04:21 PM

the foldaway extension table is awesome, I been planning on building one but you know how that goes,,,my shops are small too….my carport my 10×10 shed and the living room when wife is at work

-- vonfalken

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