Tablesaw Improvements

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Blog series by Jon3 updated 06-23-2008 05:43 PM 5 parts 9778 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Adding a bit more rip fence railing length to my tablesaw.

06-20-2008 05:12 AM by Jon3 | 2 comments »

NOTE All of my photos have been migrated to a new provider, and the links in my posts are likely out of date. You can find the photos here. I have a stock G1023SL tablesaw, which has the “30ish” inch rails. It works out to having approx 26” on the right side of the blade, because the rails are somewhat more centered than traditional rails. While this might be useful on a right tilt saw, when you might want to move the fence to the left side of the blade to avoid a trap...

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Part 2: Re-Attaching the Rails

06-22-2008 02:11 AM by Jon3 | 0 comments »

With the rails cut, it was time to re-attach and re-align the rails. Although imperfect, they did go back on, and leave plenty of mitre clearance. Still, due to the nature of the way the rectangular tube steel that grizzly uses to ride the rail fence on mounts to the angle iron, there is still some sticking out on the left. Essentially, you’ve got to move the mounting holes over precisely 2 inches. Blue tape lets me take notes on the black material so I don’t fo...

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Part 3: Power switch, get out of the way!

06-22-2008 02:20 AM by Jon3 | 0 comments »

Now that big power switch hangs out way on the left. Got to neaten that up a bit. Oh, and I nearly forgot, look at the new rip fence max distance! Whoo hoo! Almost 35 inches! Anyway, back to the power switch. I simply unbolt the big green steel plate it is attached to. And the big angled support arm. Hrm. The big green mounting plate can’t simply be removed, as they ran the electrical through it. Damn. Guess I have to de-wire and re-wire it. ...

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Part 4: Jess-Em Mast-R-Slide

06-22-2008 02:29 AM by Jon3 | 3 comments »

My quite predictable runup probably made it clear, but one of the reasons behind all these modifications (aside from the extra ripping room, which is DEFINITELY worth the effort alone, was that a few months ago, I got a 30% off rockler coupon that forgot to exclude power tool accessories and jess-em stuff. So I took that in, along with some saved gift cards, and walked out with… A Jess-Em Mast-R-Slide sliding table! Whoo Hoo! This poor thing has been sitting in my shop gazing ...

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Part 5: Mini Outfeed Table

06-23-2008 05:43 PM by Jon3 | 4 comments »

Just when you (and I) thought I was done with my tablesaw improvements… I noticed during some demo/construction at work, they were tossing out some perfectly fine laminated ply shelving. I also have been feeling the desire for some more outfeed room. I have a really small shop, so I couldn’t do a big huge extension table, even if I could do a big fold-down type, it just seemed like a waste, as I mostly work smaller, and I don’t do a lot of big ply breakdowns. (and when...

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