panelsaw upgrade

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Project by Greedo posted 11-15-2011 10:46 PM 3181 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to do something useful last Sunday so i decided to improve my sliding panel saw. I had two frustrations with it, the first is that the table wasn’t long enough and long panels tended to tip over and this could sometimes damage melamine surfaces. And second, that the support arm that holds the cross-cut arm wasn’t robust enough when extended, which caused the table to flex down. Resulting in possible slight inaccuracies.

So i made an extension table, simple melamine top with fold-able legs. It hold onto the tablesaw with two shelf pegs as can be seen on the 4th pic. Can be removed in a second without any tools. This is important because i need to access the rear of the tablesaw to change the speed of the shaper or lock it’s arbor

Second improvement is adding a caster wheel under the support arm, and a wooden rail on the floor which eliminates the floor unevenness. Now i can sit on the crosscut table and it doesn’t flex at all.

Other little things i did was make a cutoff bin that fits right in the space taken by the saw when fully extended, and a little cart underneath the extension table, that hold the heavy shaper guide.

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 11:30 PM

Nice. That gives me an idea for improving the outfeed table on my saw. Thanks!

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