Raise height of table saw work surface?

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Forum topic by BrandonR posted 10-02-2013 12:19 AM 1288 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2013 12:19 AM

I am starting to design and hopefully build soon a new assembly table/outfeed table….. Right now my work bench is about 10 inches taller than my table saw. I have a jet table contractor saw, it is on a typical mobile base….

I am a big guy at 6’2 and hate working down to low. My table saw is fine at its height, but would prefer my assembly table be taller as I will be working and sanding there quite a bit….

Does anybody have any ideas of how I could raise the height of my table saw…. It is quite heavy, and not sure how I would go about this…. The mobile base just has a small 1 inch lip around where the 4 legs sit…



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#1 posted 10-02-2013 12:28 AM

There are usually 4 holes in the base for bolting a saw down. Drill
a couple of 2×6 lengths and stick them underneath. Lag screwing
from the inside of the saw avoids tipping it over to put bolts in
from underneath.


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#2 posted 10-02-2013 01:05 AM

Build a “riser” for your saw to sit on, and it’ll raise the heigth up, also…..That’s what I did….I’m not very tall, and a standard table saw heigth is 34”......All of my benches, work tables, out feed tables were taller, too, cause I have a very bad back, and don’t like stooping over…...So…..I built a 4” riser to go under the saw…..It’s made by using 2×6’s, cleaned up on all 4 sides to the heigth you want, braced in the middle, and a 3/4” layer of ply on top, and bottom…..brought it up to 38”, and it matched my other tables…..I then put “leg lifters” on my out feed table, and made it all the same heigth…’s a picture of what I did…...If you want to see it, look at my woodshop pictures, and the saw…..I have it in Photobucket, but for some reason it won’t pull up…...Just go to my shop pictures…....

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#3 posted 10-02-2013 01:12 AM

Finally got it to go…....Here’s the riser…..

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 02:22 AM

Put it on cement blocks.

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 02:42 PM

Use Loren’s suggestion, if you need more height, just laminate more 2 Xs or 1 Xs until you can raise the saw to the height you want. if you cut the boards to the right length, they will fit on your mobile base and your saw
will be just as steady as it was before as well as mobile and at the best heighth for your work.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 03:05 PM

I like my idea better than just putting 2×6’s under it…..If you build a solid riser box, then you can dress it up with quarter rounds, and make it look nicer…....

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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