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A Different TS Extension

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Project by AAL posted 12-05-2017 09:55 PM 631 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop is limited in space so I have everything on casters to park them out of the way when using other equipment. The TS takes up the most space & I have to park it against the storage shelves on one side. I’ve longed for a TS saw extension, but that would have taken up too much space. Yesterday, thinking more about this I came up with the idea of a multi-folding extension. This works better than expected & minimizes the extra space it takes up. The hinges used to mount the extension to the TS were ones I picked up (where ? – don’t remember) about 40-50 years ago and never had a good application for them. I finally did! The pictures speak for themselves.

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richardchaos

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 11:54 PM

Even if you got a big shop PUT everything in Wheels! I don’t see any slots for the miter bar

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 02:17 AM

The extension table is below the miter bar slot.

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

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AAL

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 02:47 PM

“Even if you got a big shop PUT everything in Wheels! I don t see any slots for the miter bar”

I totally agree that casters are a big help in providing the best use of available working space. Everything in my shop is on wheels.

As for the miter slots that is a good observation; there aren’t any. I’m holding off slotting the extension as the reason I made it is because I intend to use it for long cuts with the fence as the guide, not the slots. I have a 2’ TS sled with double runners that guide the cut with the miter slots for most of my not-so-long saw cuts.

“The extension table is below the miter bar slot.”

You are correct. Actually, the top of the extension is 1/32” below the top of the TS to avoid “catching” the board after it leaves the blade. When the extension is folded down it is well out of the way of the runners on the TS sled, or the miter head runner for that matter. That is why I decided to use the “knuckle” hinge (as I call it). I’ve had it for over 40 years & don’t remember where I got it. It is stamped Kason Brooklyn, NY K99. It is made of 1/8” thick steel & is very rugged.

-- "We Live In The Land Of The Free, Only Because Of The Brave"

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AAL

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 03:26 PM

OOOPS! How does one delete a double posting?

“Even if you got a big shop PUT everything in Wheels! I don t see any slots for the miter bar”

I totally agree that casters are a big help in providing the best use of available working space. Everything in my shop is on wheels.
As for the miter slots that is a good observation; there aren’t any. I’m holding off slotting the extension as the reason I made it is because I intend to use it for long cuts with the fence as the guide, not the slots. I have a 2’ TS sled with double runners that guide the cut with the miter slots for most of my not-so-long saw cuts.

“The extension table is below the miter bar slot.”

You are correct. Actually, the top of the extension is 1/32” below the top of the TS to avoid “catching” the board after it leaves the blade. When the extension is folded down it is well out of the way of the runners on the TS sled, or the miter head &


that is why I decided to use the “knuckle” hinge (as I call it). I’ve had it for over 40 years & don’t remember where I got it. It is stamped Kason Brooklyn, NY K99. It is made of 1/8” thick steel ^& is very rugged.

-- "We Live In The Land Of The Free, Only Because Of The Brave"

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htl

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 05:31 PM

Nice job on the extension.
For some of my projects I like to use an interior door hing with the pins so I can take the pin out and the parts come apart when needed but can swing out of the way also.

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

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rbrjr1

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 07:20 PM

looks good, I’ve also got a small shop and I’ve got to figure out a way to make my table saw useful AND have it disappear when it’s not in use..

-- measure twice, cut once.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 12-06-2017 08:32 PM

You did a good job on this saw table extension and it’s a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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