Multi-machine table extension

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Project by Polishcannon posted 01-29-2017 07:35 PM 1232 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While building a round table for my wife, I needed the use of a trammel jig. What I ended up with is far more functional. First I needed to create a table extension for my bandsaw that would allow me to set a pivot point to cut large circles.

Looking around the shop for material to create the jig, I saw my roller stands. I decided to modify one of them, since it was missing some rubber feet and I didn’t use it much. So I removed the roller and replaced it with a piece of 2×2 stock. Then I found a drop of plywood that wound fit in between my rip fence rails on my band saw. I screwed this to the 2×2 square stock wooden roller. I then added a piece of 1×1 oak at the other end of the plywood. Simple as that, my bandsaw table extension was made.

I the added a center line and used a trim screw for multiple radius trammel points. I was able to cut perfect circles on my bandsaw. I next needed to sand my edges on the large wooden circular blanks. I was able to repurpose the extension table for use at the disc sanded. It was at that point I realized how valuable this quickie table extension is. I was able to simply change heights quickly of the table extension and clamp it to another tool.

I got the idea from an outfeed table I had made like years before for my small portable jobsite tablesaw. I can see its simple design being used at many other tools in the shop. Jointer , planner, table saw, or any tool that could make use of a outfeed table, or additional support for large projects. The best part is it folds up when your done with it for easy storage.

So if you have an old outfeed roller stand your not using, try repurposing it and giving it new life. I hope this simple little table extension can help you in your shop.

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 07:50 PM

Very practical for large shops.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 09:46 PM

Cool idea. You could have made a circle cutting jig but that would have only worked with the bandsaw and only for cutting circles. Great jig to have if you make circles regularly.

This idea has more versatility!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 01-30-2017 12:53 AM

This is a good idea for any shop really.

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