|Project by Bearpaw||posted 02-13-2012 07:38 PM||3260 views||19 times favorited||9 comments|
Well, here is my new in-feed table built from scrap plywood, screws and bolts I had around the shop. I paid about $10.00 for the roller bearings from Harbor Frt. It is cheap, but it works. The frame is 24” by 60” and 4” deep. The rear support legs are tilted out at the bottom and you will see a cross piece, at the top, that keeps it from folding. The legs have screw type levelers that I had lying around. I attached a 2” aluminum angle to the saws rip fence rail and then another piece to the front of the frame.
I rounded the corners of the one that is permanently mounted to the saw to keep from getting hurt on it. I drilled 2 holes for a bolt and wing nut to attach it to the saw. Disconnect the two bolts, fold up the legs and hang it on the wall for storage.
I cut the piece of MDF and it slid effortless across the saw. Maybe it was a little too easy. I will have to refine my feel of material as I use it. I am thinking about adding two more rows of roller bearings for better support.
I had to move the off/on switch to the right, but it is still within easy reach. There is enough room to reach the wheel to adjust the saw blade.
In the first picture, you can see to the left what I have used for many years to support sheet good. It worked, but it was awkward at times. I have been lucky not to have an accident with it. I have had orders for cabinets and at 74 years old I had to find a better way of handling sheet goods by myself.
My next project is a V groove drum sander.
-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin