In feed table

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Project by Bearpaw posted 02-13-2012 07:38 PM 4342 views 19 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 08:02 PM

Good idea.
Great looking Saw !

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 08:05 PM

I need to build one of these my self. Most of the time I use a circular saw to get started and move to the table saw. Even a half sheet of 3/4 MDF is too much for me to run thru the table saw. One of these might not get rid of the circular saw, but it will help.

Maybe my youngest son and I need to get to HF this weekend.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 09:53 PM

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 04:25 AM

Good idea this kind of table could really asist a guy without help when ripping heavy sheets of wood. That leg design is good.
This looks to be very well thought out

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 05:06 AM

Great Idea, excellent execution!

I just can’t get full sheets into my basement shop. I need to build a panel saw in the garage. Either that or send you ALL my sheet goods for processing! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 03:50 PM

Neat idea.

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 04:34 PM

I have been planning something similar myself. I really like how yours turned out!

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 04:32 PM

Could also be an outfeed table? Roller bearings reduce friction significantly. Design appears light wieght. Bought some rollers from HF with the idea of in and out feed for my box store planer so I could feed the material easier.

My shop has a number of small rooms, with one longer room,and a slab that tilts in two directions. lol

This might work for me if I put levelers on the feet.

Thanks for posting.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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