Necessity, the mother of invention

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so for Christmas several years ago, I got my first table saw. It was about $100 from big blue and I was happier than a pup with two tails. I was very new to woodworking and excited to give my circular saw a break and start making larger projects. this is one of the first modifications I made, an extension table for cutting larger material. The stock table saw had a rip fence of about 12”, this mod increased that by 3x. It hangs to the wall by a ledger and i used my roller stand to get it nice and level and mounted it to 2 studs in the wall. it works pretty good too. made from pine and melamine it’s heavy enough not to wiggle and a nice surface to slide any material across. I haven’t came up with a very robust fence system other than a nice perpendicular edge fence made from scrap melamine. I raise the blade all the way up and square up the fence using a tape measure, and I haven’t ran into any serious issues yet…... it also doubles as a nice auxiliary table when i’m running out of empty space on my workbench, or floor, or wherever else i need to sit something.

Thanks for looking

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 11:29 PM

Like the idea! I have the same saw. (about 3 years now), runs good and really all I have room for. I too was limited to the size stock I could cut. This would fit the bill nicely. How is the fence secured? I noticed the stock fence that came with it is really a pain to keep in line, so this has to work better. Nice

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 02:25 AM

gratitude sir. The fence was originally held by 2 big spring clamps then it got upgraded to t tracks in the extension table and star knobs holding the fence, MUCH easier to manage

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 12:20 PM


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