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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-27-2021 11:03 PM 815 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I get older, somehow plywood gets heavier. Anyway, it sucks. If you’re not there yet, wait, you will be eventually.

I cut plywood on my table saw. It actually goes pretty good and saves me having to get horses out and use the skillsaw. I was looking at the rail on my saw the other day and thought of this. Nothing earth shattering and I know they have swing up arms you can buy, but I just needed a little support for the wide side of a sheet of plywood when cutting it.

I took a 2×4, cut it to the right shape for a snug fit in the rail and put a spacer on the top of it to bring it up to the level of the saw’s table. I could put one on the other end too but I’ve got an assembly/outfeed table on wheels so I can just slide it to the side to catch the end (third picture).

Anyway, for what it’s worth….Takes about 10 minutes to build. When not in use pull it out and tuck it away.


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-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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pottz

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#1 posted 01-28-2021 03:48 AM

great idea,and i know what your talking about.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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BB1

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#2 posted 01-28-2021 03:58 AM

Like your solution.
I recently I saw this in feed support by Izzy Swan. Video showed it helps with supporting large panels on infeed side. Would be interested if anyone has it or anything similar.
https://www.izzyswan.com/Store/In-Feed-Table-for-Standard-Table-Saws-p237211510

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htl

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#3 posted 01-28-2021 04:42 AM

Great idea!!!
I would also add a small leg to help support it so nothing happens to your fence, a slip in the saw dust could put your full weight on it while cutting and could tip the saw over.
Leverage and gravity can do the unwanted on some of the smaller saws..
Just my $.02

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#4 posted 01-28-2021 04:59 AM

Brilliant!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 01-28-2021 02:12 PM

Good idea. I know I’m getting near that stage also . Quick fix for that occasional need.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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pottz

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#6 posted 01-28-2021 03:02 PM


Great idea!!!
I would also add a small leg to help support it so nothing happens to your fence, a slip in the saw dust could put your full weight on it while cutting and could tip the saw over.
Leverage and gravity can do the unwanted on some of the smaller saws..
Just my $.02

- htl


+1 good point.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 01-28-2021 03:41 PM

Not all good ideas have to be brilliant… err, I mean complex… ++1 to htl and pottzy...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 01-28-2021 04:18 PM


Great idea!!!
I would also add a small leg to help support it so nothing happens to your fence, a slip in the saw dust could put your full weight on it while cutting and could tip the saw over.
Leverage and gravity can do the unwanted on some of the smaller saws..
Just my $.02

- htl

You are probably right. The rail on the SS seems to be really strong and it’s hard to get the thing tipped over if I wanted to. Tried to adjust the rolling base once. I thought the saw was bolted to the floor.

Anyway, good thing to keep in mind. I’d use is very occasionally so I think I’ll just be careful.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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htl

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#9 posted 01-29-2021 03:14 AM

Many times I say things that to the poster are not needed, but this project is great and needed for many of us with much lighter saws so, the comment was for them. ;-]

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987Ron

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#10 posted 01-29-2021 04:53 PM



Like your solution.
I recently I saw this in feed support by Izzy Swan. Video showed it helps with supporting large panels on infeed side. Would be interested if anyone has it or anything similar.
https://www.izzyswan.com/Store/In-Feed-Table-for-Standard-Table-Saws-p237211510

- BB1


Made something like this for when my miter gauge hung over the input side of the table saw a bit. Only used it when I needed and inch or so. Would not use it for much more as I was not sure of the stability and possible kickback.
Like the sheet goods stabilizer. I too find plywood getting heavier and more unruly. As you get older we use our brain not or brawn. Well sometimes the brain still works.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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#11 posted 01-31-2021 02:24 PM

Great idea, Plywood kicks my a$$ now.

I always think of the John Gorka song. I don’t feel like a train anymore, I feel like the track.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#12 posted 01-31-2021 03:22 PM



Great idea, Plywood kicks my a$$ now.

I always think of the John Gorka song. I don t feel like a train anymore, I feel like the track.

- controlfreak

Ha! Great analogy….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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