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Project by JRAP posted 12-12-2018 07:55 AM 2268 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s still kind of rough around the edges, and I’m still tweaking it, but here’s my version of a sliding table for my table saw.

It gives me about 31” before the saw blade.

There are three 28” full-extension drawer slides (mounted flat), that control the range of motion before the blade.
And there are three 24” full-extension drawer slides (mounted flat), that control the range of motion past the blade.

Even with the sliding table, I managed to keep the entire table saw setup completely mobile (ignore my claustrophobic shop.)

The beauty of using drawer slides, is that the table has a wide range of forward and backward motion, but the table doesn’t have to be that long, like other sliding table setups I’ve seen.

Both the forward and backward tables can be “locked” in place, because the slides have a built-in locking feature that would have kicked-in when the “drawers” were closed. It’s nice because when I move the saw around, the tables don’t move around willy-nilly, but they’re easily pushed out of their locked position when needed. They’re in their locked positions in the first pic.

It was based on the sliding table and cross-cut fence I found here.

Any questions at all, or if you want a pic from another angle, by all means, just ask in the comments.

Thanks for checking it out.

Update:
There had been an issue with the sliding table top-level sagging a bit when it was pulled all the way back before the blade, so as to accommodate a wide panel for instance. So I came up with the roller assembly you can see in the last pic. I used two shower door roller replacement kits I got at the orange big-box store. It seems to have worked really well. There’s a fraction of the sag that was there before. I’m pleased.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com





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#1 posted 12-12-2018 12:27 PM

Just made your saw worth another $1500 at least. Great Idea JRAP. Thanks for all info too.

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#2 posted 12-12-2018 01:10 PM

Indeed. Looks like I have another shop project on my list

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#3 posted 12-12-2018 02:00 PM

Very clever solution. Thank you for all the great detail photos.

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#4 posted 12-12-2018 02:39 PM

There has got to be some inaccuracy with side to side “slop” play in those drawer slides…..especially when they extend.
But the concept is very clever.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 12-12-2018 02:47 PM

nice build and is something that I was wishing to make, now I have no reason not to make one now and go by your pictures. Thank you for your posting

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#6 posted 12-12-2018 05:20 PM

If they are bearing in tracks and there are sets of bearing each they may roll rather within some tighter tolerance. One could push wrong and ruin the cut. But thoughtful use would probably be ok.

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#7 posted 12-12-2018 06:17 PM

@ohwoodeye, I hear you about the “slop”, I fully expected there to be some sort of slop that I would have to do something about. But believe it or not, there is actually zero side-to-side slop. I think it might have something to do with there being two sets of three slides side-by-side.

And these slides are nothing special. I bought them at the big blue box store. They weren’t cheap, but they weren’t really expensive either.

There IS however an issue with the table sagging a bit, when it’s fully pulled back. For instance, I would never try to use the sliding table with my dado set for a long groove, but for cross-cutting any piece less than 31” before the blade, to my surprise, it’s amazingly accurate.

Like I mentioned in the original post, I’m still tweaking it. I might try to add two more sets of slides mounted vertically, so they would combat the slight sagging issue.

The really expensive after-market sliding tables use a sliding outrigger on a hinge to prevent sagging, but another set of vertically mounted slides might do the trick.

Thanks to all for checking this out.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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#8 posted 12-12-2018 09:09 PM

Oh, man, I wish I would’ve had this when I had to cross cut panels for a welcome desk I built last year. This is awesome!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#9 posted 12-12-2018 10:31 PM

I like this! I’ve thought about trying to develop something similar – I would need the assembly to fold down out of sight, but this is a really good “Proof of concept” for me. Thanks for sharing!

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#10 posted 12-13-2018 12:10 AM


I like this! I ve thought about trying to develop something similar – I would need the assembly to fold down out of sight, but this is a really good “Proof of concept” for me. Thanks for sharing!

- sras

@sras, if the bottom table, the one supported directly by the pcv covered threaded rods, was hinged, I think that would actually do what you want. It would at least fold down anyway… not sure how out of sight it would be. I never even considered that. Thanks for the idea.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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#11 posted 12-13-2018 01:29 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#12 posted 12-13-2018 02:39 AM

An exceptional addition to any shop. Bet you really like it!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 12-13-2018 11:10 PM

Jim , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#14 posted 12-14-2018 03:32 AM

Thanks @grumpy. I had no idea it would be so popular. I think what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in just being an interesting idea.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. - http://www.woodshopshed.com

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