|Forum topic by jonnybone||posted 01-31-2011 12:02 AM||4382 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
01-31-2011 12:02 AM
I would really love to build an enormous crosscut sled to compensate for big board cutting. My problem is my table saw. Don’t get me wrong, nothing beats a 300 dollar TS for 200 bucks (results of treating a certain under appreciated Home Depot employee with a little respect) I love the thing. The little sliding table it comes with is ok i guess…but I really want the control you can get only with proper miter gauge slots set by the factory. So, I basically built a huge workstation with a platform that surrounds the saw for lumber support when cutting. It also doubles as board storage (not bad).
I am either going to attempt a sliding table made from angle iron (from an old bed frame) great source btw! or, fashion myself a false top with slots routed into it. My questions to all you LB’s is what are the some materials that would work best? I would prefer MDO but its ain’t cheap. I also have this beautiful piano black formica counter top I acquired (pretty thick but very slick), Is replacing the top completely a good idea? I was also thinking of implementing aluminum C channel in the routed tracks…?
Finally, I learned not to be fooled by the Ryobi name, they actually put out a quality saw in my opinion for someone without thousands or hundreds to spend on a cab saw. Also it was quite accurate out of the box. The fence isn’t anything to write home about but I make do. It is a somewhat quiet saw smooth saw and believe me, it can rival the “orange” and “yellow” ones any day of the week… Here are some pics for you:
Thanks very much for any responses in advance!
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