|Project by ToddTurner||posted 01-15-2011 04:11 AM||3726 views||18 times favorited||16 comments|
I wanted a sliding table, the Jessem sliding table, but really didnt want to spend $500+ for it. I know its a fantastic piece, but I knew i could fabricate this myself. I used materials, 1×1 and 1×3 extruded aluminum and linear bearings, both from 8020 Inc. They make all kinds of extruded aluminum and call themselves the ‘industrial erector set’. In the last picture, this is the linear bearings. The only thing I had to fabricate was the brackets these bearings mount to. I have about 1 hour install time and less than $75 invested and let me tell you, it makes the PM2000 act like its on steroids. Thats one thing. The other is the tremendoud improvement in accuracy and repeatability. Basically I cut 5 different cuts and they all had about .002” difference/repeatability. I’ll take that all day on a 12 inch wide piece.
The actual miter gauge is the original Powermatic. If you want more information or have a suggestion or think I have lost my mind because i didnt think twice about drilling holes in a $3000 machine, please let me know. I love feedback from you guys.