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01-28-2010 04:10 AM

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I have just started to get into woodworking and I have been given my late grandfather’s woodworking shop. One thing I find difficult is having a small table saw (Craftsman (King Seeley Corp.) 8” Table Saw). I want to maybe make an outfeed table and make the actually table surface larger. Is this common and does anyone have any pictures of this done?

Thanks a ton!
Beginner Brad :)

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 04:11 AM

The table saw is from the early 50’s. Sorry, I forgot to include that.

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 04:31 AM

there are ton of people that extended the size of the table saw surface here.

do a search for “outfeed table” “extension table” and “table saw station” you’ll get more than plenty ideas the least.

Welcome to Lumberjocks, and hope you have a great journey in woodworking. sounds like you’ve got a good start

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 06:06 AM

I just made an extension for mine, take a look under my projects.

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 06:14 AM

Buy a biggger one?

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 05:07 AM

Check out my tablesaw surround on wheels under projects

-- Dave Dahlke

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 05:14 AM

this one that daved posted is a nice one i’d go with that or do what a1jim said and buy a bigger one.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 02-12-2010 05:47 PM

with respect to storage I made my tablesaw bigger…. I replaced the phenolic extension with a router table (formica surfaced MDF). If you upgraded the fence and rails on your saw this could easily be done.

I’m nearly done with my upgrade ….


-- Ted

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 06:03 PM

When I had a small portable, I built this to give me more working area. You could easily modify this to include more outfeed space as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 06:17 PM

There are some excellent suggestions above, but for me the 8” blade size would be a problem. All depends on the type of projects you will be doing.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 02-12-2010 06:42 PM

It all depends on your saw. I have the Ryobi BT3100 with the wide rails, so I added an extension wing / router table to the wide rails, and behind the saw, I added a workbench with the total height 1/16” lower than the table saw to act as an outfeed table. So far it is all working perfectly…

You can see pics of my setup in my workshop page.

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#11 posted 02-13-2010 05:59 AM

It’s not the size of your table saw that counts, it’s what you do with it…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#12 posted 02-13-2010 06:06 AM

Charlie, I like what you did for that Ryobi.

I have a cheap, 10” ryobi and wanted a quick outfeed support table. I just use Roller stands purchased from home depot or lowes for around $20 each. Buy two, set the height slightly lower than the table saw, and you can roll your work off the saw onto the rollers. Or even better, make a stand and buy the roller ball strips from rocker, that way you can use it from the side to for large pieces of plywood.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#13 posted 02-13-2010 06:12 AM

Brad, You can check mine out on my workshop page. Not a great pic but it will give you an idea.


-- Scott, South Carolina

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#14 posted 02-19-2010 04:52 PM

Dear BGerrits
Daved and charliem1958 have the right design for you. By removing the legs on most contractor saws and building the table and saw in to one unit supported by 4 casters, you have the ability to move the whole unit around. Also better fit around the saw top too. The last one I built I thought about a way to adjust the fit between the new table and the saws top. Good luck

-- 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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#15 posted 12-08-2015 03:27 PM

Hello all im new as well to wood working and have aquired a delta 10 in table saw. I want to make some dado cuts but the stand is very narrow maybe a foot and a half off the right side of the blade. I think its a type of contractor saw with an aluminum top. As is now there is not enought with to make my dado cuts with my fence. Should i buy another saw or could i make this one work by adding some kind of extension?

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