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Forum topic by jaydub posted 11-15-2009 06:01 PM 1656 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jaydub

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11-15-2009 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw extension level

I got into a great outfeed table project to complement my Ridgid TS3650. In the process of working to level the outfeed with the saw table, I discovered that the ends of the extensions are higher than the center of the table – a 4-ft level laying across the table sits solid 1/16” off the table at the center. The edges where the extensions meet the center table section are completely flush, they just don’t sit level with the center. I though of shimming that joint, but it seems like that opens a gap in the table surface that would collect dust, etc.

I need a way to level those extensions. Any ideas?

-- happiness is a sharp plane iron


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#1 posted 11-16-2009 01:40 AM

If the TS3650 is cast, the bottom edge of the extension and table top will sand away fairly easily. Be careful to stay to the bottom side and don’t take too much, it will take very little material removal to drop the outside edge down to level. I would take a little off each side.
Also, check to make sure there are not any burrs or bumps in the casting acting like a shim holding the outside edge up.
If you shim the top, just make the shim continuous and flush with the top. There won’t be any gap to collect dust.
Hope this helps, BTKS

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 03:51 AM

Thanks for your response. I’ll try the shim first – I have some card stock that might work. If I end up trying to remove material, what would you recommend I use to remove the material?

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 04:17 PM

A belt or oscillating sander. Cast can be removed through abrasion fairly easily but is a little tricky to work with for welding and cutting. I was revamping some table tops that had rusted and I was using an angle grinder with a wire brush. I had to be careful on the corners and anywhere a hole was threaded through. Even a wire brush was taking the corners off. If you use an angle grinder be real careful with an abrasive wheel. Again, hope it helps. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 06:44 PM

Hey BTKS – I ended up shimming the extension with some card stock I have for patters. Dead flat now, so I’m all set. I was a little tentative about taking a sander to it, but good to know how well that would work if needed. I do really appreciate the response, so thanks very much.

Cheers.
jw

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 07:11 AM

Elated to be of help. Glad it worked out for you. Cheers, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 07:08 AM

Thanks for the question/answer both of you. I’m planning on making a table saw extension/cabinet next month and I’ll keep that in mind.

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