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Forum topic by cagenuts posted 03-01-2013 09:22 PM 1282 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cagenuts

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03-01-2013 09:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

So I now have an Incra TS-LS system for my cr@ppy Ryobi contractor table saw.

I need some input as to how much room to allow for ripping. Because of the old style contractor non-riving knife set-up, I will have to cut the rear fence to allow for the blade guard and splitter to still work.
The default set-up from Incra is 32” to the right for ripping and 16” to the left.

1. My saw is right tilting so I’d like to keep the ability to bevel rip boards.
2. I don’t intend to rip sheet goods at all because I am building one of those ShopNotes tilt-out panel cutting guides.
3. I have also purchased hardware to build something similar to the Incra 5000 sled. I have the Miter HD with a capacity of 64”.

So given the need to only rip normal planks, my thinking is to reduce the ripping capacity on the right down to say 16” and then increase the capacity on the left side. This is more to do with the front and rear rails as I will be able to install some sort of table filler to support the new sled. This way I will be able to accurately cross-cut plywood panels (broken down on the tilt-out panel guide) as well as long boards as the table saw fence will be on the right side out of the way.

I know this set-up is unconventional but given my scenario will I regret moving the ‘main support base’ to the left of the blade?

Thanks.

-- Weekend Wood Wrecker


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#1 posted 03-01-2013 09:31 PM

Yeah, you’ll regret that. 16” rip capacity just isn’t enough.

With my right-tilting Unisaw, I seldom have a need to bevel rip wide boards…and when I do, I leave the TSLS in place. When you have wide boards, trapping the wood isn’t an issue because you can safely push it through. For narrow bevel rips, I move my fence to left of the blade…but typically the boards are only about 6” wide at most (where I feel uncomfortable pushing it through in the standard position).

Because of this, I actually increase the right side capacity to around 36” to 38” by stealing from the left side.

To me, splitting the rails isn’t too big a deal (I didn’t need to do this); however, you do need more mounting points, which may be difficult with your saw.

The good thing is that Incra gives you all the hardware necessary for the modification, which is cool.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 07:47 AM

So even if I’m going to pre-cut panels elsewhere and then size them accurately using a cross-cut sled, you still think I need more than 16” for ripping?

-- Weekend Wood Wrecker

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