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Blog series by Todd Swartwood updated 11-29-2014 12:15 AM 6 parts 32424 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: Building a sliding table for my Grizzly tablesaw

11-22-2014 10:19 PM by Todd Swartwood | 11 comments »

I have been wanting a sliding table for my tablesaw for quite some time. The thing that has kept me from starting this project has been the bearing system. I also have been researching a shop built CNC, and that is where I got the Idea for my linear bearings. This is the sliding Table mostly done This is the bearing system I decided to use: To make these bearings I started with some 3/4” aluminum I found at the scrap yard. First I cut all the aluminum 2”...

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Part 2: Building a sliding table for my Grizzly tablesaw

11-23-2014 09:17 PM by Todd Swartwood | 4 comments »

This viewis from the back of the saw. Top of BT The next step was drilling the vertical holes in the BT. I new I did not want the bearing out side the BT on the back side. so I made the center of the hole in from the front 5/16”. The first step was to drill for the 5/16” tap, in aluminum I go to sizes down or 1/32” smaller than the tap size. After setting up the fence and stop block I began to drill the holes, drilling all the way threw the 2” of BT heigh...

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Part 3: Finishing the Bearing Truck

11-24-2014 04:50 PM by Todd Swartwood | 0 comments »

The next step was to drill the mounting holes in the top edge of the BT. I decided to use the holes already tapped for the vertical bearing, and and 2 more on each BT besides. So I just evenly spaced 2 more holes,marked, drilled and tapped all 10 trucks. I can’t believe I did not take any pictures of the top of the truck.But here is the picture of the bottom edge to refresh your memory. Next I cut a piece of 1/2” aluminum 6” X 12” and layed out and drilled the ...

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Part 4: Sliding table almost finished

11-25-2014 01:01 PM by Todd Swartwood | 6 comments »

I made quite a bit of progress yesterday, thought I would show some of those pictures and than go back to the build process. After getting to this point I had to make a test cut, I was not disappointed. I used a 4 X 4 sheet of 1/4” mdfthe cut was so perfect no adjustment is necessary. I will get back to the build a little latter today. I must say I am like a guy in a tool store with excitement. All I have left to build is the outrigger, and will work on that t...

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Part 5: Adding the table to the BT's

11-26-2014 01:01 AM by Todd Swartwood | 4 comments »

The next step was the Oak table it is 2” thick X 13” wide and around 80” long. I started by selecting some oak that would easily rip into 2 3/8” strips. I think I had about 15 strips. I laminated the strips together and let it set overnight.I then planned the Piece down to 2” thick, jointed 1 edge and ripped the piece down to 13” and cleaned that edge up on the jointer.I then attached the table to the bridge on the BT with 8 1 1/2” screws from under t...

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Part 6: Building the Outrigger

11-29-2014 12:15 AM by Todd Swartwood | 6 comments »

I started with a scrap of 1/2 MDF big enough to get both sides of the outrigger. I believe the measurements were 48” long, 16” high at the end next to the saw, and 12” high at the outer end. This picture shows how I laid it out: I began by ripping down a Douglas fir 2×12 into strips about 2 3/8” wide. I used this for my framing around the edges.I left the small end open and laid the 40 X 80 mm extrusion in the center parallel to the side that was...

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