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Project by jjbuzard posted 08-26-2016 12:26 AM 2007 views 16 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently was considering buying the Sliding Cross cut table for my Saw Stop, but I decided it would take up too much space in my small shop. I looked to see if there were any other alternatives and decided as long as I had Rockle’rs Tablesaw CrossCut Sled all I really needed was a table saw front extension, so using MDF and some maple and Stainless Steel look Formica, I set out to build the extension, I needed a way to firmly attach it to the saw and yet be able to remove it quickly. I settled on 4 – 3/4” Rare Earth magnets and holder cups, this system hold VERY firmly, but with a downward motion on the outboard end and lifting up on the side, it detaches easily, yet is very firmly held in place during operation. Using a Miter Gage I have 22” in front of the blade and using the Rockler Tablesaw CrossCut SledI have 24” in front of the saw blade. All in all I am very happy with the results and when not in use I can hang it on the wall out of the way. The last picture is of the Saw Stop sliding table, a real nice piece of equipment, I wish I had room for it, it has 48”in front of the blade and 60 degrees tilt in both directions and glide very smoothly. So mine is a small version with storage capabilities. Let me know what you think.

The other item that needs to be addressed is the KREG Miter Gauge, its fence is too short, it only gives 22” with a stop,I am going to remedy that by making a slip on extension. I bought an additional 24” fence from KREG, and will make it slide on and tighten down with threaded knobs. this will give up to 46” of stop on the fence, more on that after the fence arrives.

-- Jim B





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woodcox

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#1 posted 08-26-2016 01:48 AM

That is a great solution Jim. It looks very well finished, nice work.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 08-26-2016 01:52 AM

Nice addition to your table saw.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 08-26-2016 03:17 AM

This is really nice and very useful. I am confused by the materials you said you used and the way it looks. Is the black on the bottom and edges just paint? How about the miter slot in the table, is that painted also or did you line that with the Formica as well?

Ed

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#4 posted 08-26-2016 10:54 AM

THIS is a slick idea!

I think I’ll have to steal… errrr, use it for inspiration in my shop.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 08-26-2016 11:26 AM

Yes the black is just paint, and the bottom of the miter slot is Formica, the sides are painted with Rust-o-leum Satin Nickle spray paint, it matches the Stainless Steel look Formica, the miter slot is wide to accept the disc hold down on the miter gauges, maybe 1 more magnet would be better, but it is rather firm with just 4, but excessive force at the very out-board end will pull it up at the table end, but it will settle right back down if you ease up. The cross cut sled will go out to the full 24 ” and the extension holds tight.


This is really nice and very useful. I am confused by the materials you said you used and the way it looks. Is the black on the bottom and edges just paint? How about the miter slot in the table, is that painted also or did you line that with the Formica as well?

Ed

- EFR


-- Jim B

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jjbuzard

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#6 posted 08-26-2016 11:37 AM

Go for it, it really solves my need for more infeed support. It is 12” wide from the table and I made it 20” wide, but what ever suits your needs.


THIS is a slick idea!

I think I ll have to steal… errrr, use it for inspiration in my shop.

- EEngineer


-- Jim B

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#7 posted 08-26-2016 12:24 PM

Nice solution! Very well made! How did you attach magnets?

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 08-26-2016 12:25 PM

Nice idea – I like it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 08-26-2016 12:35 PM

I used Rocklers Rare Earth Magnets, Item #: 37554, and holder cups, Item #: 34211, I used a forsner bit to counter sink the cups and these cups have a provision for a counter sunk screw, plus a dab of Super Glue as I was mounting them in MDF


Nice solution! Very well made! How did you attach magnets?

- drbyte


-- Jim B

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#10 posted 08-26-2016 05:26 PM

Very nice – I’ve been trying to come up with a way to attach a removable outfeed table to my saw (old Craftsman w/ Biesmeyer fence), and this may be just the ticket.

Great idea – thanks for sharing!

-- Phil

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#11 posted 08-26-2016 06:39 PM

Fantastic, just what SOG and I were looking for.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#12 posted 08-26-2016 10:58 PM

Very nice design – also on my list to copy.

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#13 posted 08-26-2016 11:55 PM

Never seen one of these before, but it looks like a great solution to your situation!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 08-27-2016 01:33 AM

Nice job!

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#15 posted 08-27-2016 03:01 AM



Yes the black is just paint, and the bottom of the miter slot is Formica, the sides are painted with Rust-o-leum Satin Nickle spray paint, it matches the Stainless Steel look Formica, the miter slot is wide to accept the disc hold down on the miter gauges, maybe 1 more magnet would be better, but it is rather firm with just 4, but excessive force at the very out-board end will pull it up at the table end, but it will settle right back down if you ease up. The cross cut sled will go out to the full 24 ” and the extension holds tight.

- jjbuzard

If the slot for the miter bar is wider in order to accept the key on the miter bar, doesn’t this result in a wobbly fit for the first few inches of pushing the stock? At least until the miter key engages the slot in the saw table, I would think the miter would be less than accurate.

Ed

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