table saw extension tables and Delta T2 fence upgrade

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 03-21-2011 02:59 AM 13412 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this extension table for my cabinet saw. When I am using my saw, I can never find my push sticks and zcis, tape measures, etc so I built in a tray that I can store these things in. I placed the tray just outside of the usual rip size of 24” (I seem to rip less than this more often than not). I also need to add some legs, but I am still on the fence as to whether I want to keep the saw mobile or set it up stationary. I made this using materials that I already had ( I only had to buy a scrap piece of mdf from home depot for $2.01+tax). I have been trying to make things using what I already have (which is why I used two different laminates). I looked around my garage and noticed that I am becoming something of a cut-off junkie. I have scraps and cut-offs everywhere, so I am trying to use them up instead of finding somehwere to store them (not like I have a shortage of storage space… yeah right). Anyway, just thought I would share and maybe some of you might find this helpful.

*side note: You might also have noticed that I upgraded the standard rails of my Delta T2 to give me a rip capacity of 49” using 2” square tubing and 2” angle iron. This is very easy and inexpensive to do, I think it cost me about $40. The last two pics show the saw as it was equipped originally with a woodstock international magna set fence.

I have added the legs to the saw and made the decision to make it stationary. I also added a cabinet underneath the extension table as well a nifty outfeed table which I also posted separately. Please excuse the mess, after checking out many of your immaculately organized shops I tried for months to organize mine (which got me no where). I realized that I had been happily making sawdust in my messy shop and that I was wasting valuable shop time cleaning, so I decided to go back to happily making sawdust in my messy shop and I am OK with that.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 05:49 PM

This one fine upgrade you did here
very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 12:52 AM

It looks great. I did not know you could use standard square tubing and angle iron to make your own long rails.
Thanks for the info.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 05:20 PM

I love it!

-- Nick,Pa.

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#4 posted 04-10-2011 11:27 PM

Hi emetric,
nice extension you made!!

I notice you have a mobile base under the cabinet saw with a ‘tilt wheel’ that lifts up one side of the cabinet when you push down on it. I have a similar set-up and when the wheel lifts one side of the cabinet, the extension table on the other side of the fixed wheels is pushed down causing the guide rails to flex. Does that happen as well with your set-up?

-- Hans

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#5 posted 04-11-2011 02:37 PM

TheBelgian: Actually i put the lifting wheels on the other side of the cabinet after I made support legs for the table. It makes the lifting action more difficult but I don’t move mine very often. I think a better solution would have been to change the base around again so that the wheels are on the outboard side of the saw and hinging the leg assembly using a bolt/pin as a stop so that the leg assembly could be adjusted to a shorter height and attach fixed castors to the outboard side of the leg assembly to provide support while wheeling it around. This isn’t something that I have done, it is just an idea that I had, if you think this will be helpful in your situation please take my idea and adjust as needed to fit your needs. If you have time and feel compelled to do please share your improvements. I realize that this might be hard to visualize so I have included a rough sketch for a visual.

Please note that in my drawing the mobile base’s swivel castors are not on the outboard side. This was a mistake on my part sorry about that.*

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 03:47 PM

That looks good!

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#7 posted 04-27-2011 05:52 PM

I love the hidden compartment idea!!!

-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 10:52 AM

Curious. Did you use a 3/4 inch gap between the angle iron and tube?

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Darryl Jones

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 04:22 PM

I referenced all the dimensions from the original 30” long rails. If you are interested I can measure the gap when I get home today.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 07:50 AM

Yes. I’m making something like what you have. Using the 2×2 angel and tube. So I’m just wondering about the space between them

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#11 posted 07-20-2021 02:10 AM

I need to do a similar project, what wood should I, should I not use?

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