|Forum topic by dschlic1||posted 01-03-2013 02:50 PM||4185 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
01-03-2013 02:50 PM
I am new to this forum and would like to get some thoughts and advice on designing and building an extension table for my new table saw. Santa brought me a small bench type table saw for Christmas. I used it to make a tool hanging pegboard in the shop area of mu garage. This project started me thinking about how to improve the usability of this saw. The first improvement I am thinking about is to increase the table area of the saw.
I want to increase the size on all four sides of the machine. So I am looking at starting with a 4’ x 4’ table with the saw more or less in the center. When I use the saw, I mount (bolt) it to two heavy duty sawhorses. These provide a very steady and soild stand. Becasue of this I am thinking of mounting the table to the saw, rather than mounting the saw to the table. The two sides of the saw have mounting holes to fasten the table to it. Going this route will allow me to store both the saw and the table seperately in out of the way places.
I intend to frame the table with 1×4 and 2×4 lumber for bracing. I also intend to cover the table, once completed with a laminate (Formica or such). The table of the saw measures 26” wide amd 20” deep. I would like some thoughts and advice on the material to use for the top. Because this table will be portable, wieght is a consideration. I am considering the following materials:
1. 1/2” MDF. Good flat surface, but heavy
I am leaning to using the hardboard.