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Forum topic by Tyrone D posted 01-10-2012 08:42 AM 3353 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tyrone D

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01-10-2012 08:42 AM

Hello,
I have a Delta QT-10 contractor saw. I’m currently in the process of making it usable.
Currently, the saw essentially has corrugated steel for the wings(It’s not actually that bad, it’s the only way I can describe it.), I was wondering if it would be possible to replace the right aluminum wing with an MDF wing. I would imagine it would be a lot more stable that the corrugated aluminum on there now. I would like to take the back Angle track for the fence off and use the fence like a Biesmeyer. The problem with that is I don’t actually trust the aluminum wing to keep the fence perpendicular to the table hence the MDF.

To make a long post short:
MDF wings for a tablesaw. Do you have any personal experience?

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."


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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 08:56 AM

Tyrone from Canada,

I’ve did it a couple of times to my saws….got to my blogs and look at “A new look for an old workhorse”. read how I did it, and look at the old Craftsman saw I reburbished, and you’ll see the MDF outfeed tables (left and right) that I replaced with the old metal wings…..did this a while back, and they work great…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 09:07 AM

Rick,
I looked at your blog. Did you laminate the top? Perhaps I’ll try making an MDF wing.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 05:34 PM

Tyrone,

Yes….. the tops are laminated and edge-banded..I should of mentioned that in the reply….if you need some help figuring it out, just PM me and we’ll see what develops…... It’s not diffucult at all, and lots of fun…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 06:05 PM

Just don’t let the added weight make the saw “tippy”.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 03:04 AM

Rick,
I probably wont do laminate on mine as this is a low budget project. I’d rather not spend more on the saw than what it’s actually worth.

Bill,
I doubt this saw will ever tip. I put all my weight on the back end of the table and it didn’t even move. It is definitely top heavy due to the direct drive motor.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 06:44 AM

I was going to do some searching on this same question. Thanks for the info guys.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 02:54 PM

Tyrone,
I’d like to suggest you reconsider not installing the laminate. It’s really not that expensive. You might be able to buy a scrap piece from a counter top company. Main thing is, it is extreamely durable, much more slippery, and can be cleaned up much easier. The laminate helps hold a screw better and the corners of MDF get beat up real fast.

You could always go back later and laminate the top. Chances are – you won’t. So why not do it now? Eh?
It will look better and will increase the value of the saw and speed up your work.

If the existing fence locks on a bar in the front, it can’t be removed and used like a Biesmeyer. You’ll have to upgrade the fence and rails.

Just my bit of encouragement for the day. hope it was helpful.

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 09:42 PM

Tyrone,

I think you are really missing out by not laminating the MDF to use on the tablesaw wings…..MDF is pretty slick, but rough at the same time (if that makes sence) for sliding wood materials across. As I said, and as reedwood also pointed out, that lamniate is not that expensive….about $30-35 a sheet, easy to cut, and anything you have left over, you can always use “down the line” to laminate other things, such as jigs, fixtures, and outfeed tables for your saws, laminate the top of a router table, etc….all kinds of things….it’s east to put on (just use contact cement and a roller), and easy to trim out….just some more food for thought.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 10:05 PM

I replace both wings as well on my TS with a MDF, where the top is laminated with formica (check out Home Depot, they have sales on this all the time) and edge banded in poplar. With the top laminated, you can wax it so that it can become an even slicker surface, which really can make a difference in controlling a large piece.

-- Mike ---- Visit my woodworking blog: http://sawdustnewbie.com

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 10:49 PM

Tempered masonite makes a pretty durable surface for outfeed tables
and stuff like that. It is very cheap and you can replace it easily if
it wears out or gets damaged. Also, it is waxable. 3/4” MDF with
1/4” masonite screwed to it with countersunk screws also makes
router table arrangements quick and straightforward.

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 01:54 AM

I suppose I needed to buy a sheet of laminate for the router table I plan on building. I have a full sheet of laminate, but it’s what you’d put in a kitchen and I believe it’s textured. It’d get dinged up majorly.

Reedwood,
The fence is called “Locking t-square fence” or something along those lines. It is essentially a cheap Beismeyer clone. The rear track is just a place for the rubber foot to rest on, probably put there because the table is shorter than most and the aluminum wings can’t keep the fence perpindicular to the table.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#12 posted 01-12-2012 02:06 AM

Laminated MDF or Formica are great ways to go.

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