Sliding table

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Project by shawn_s posted 02-20-2013 09:03 AM 26072 views 61 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At some point back in the fall I got it in my head that I wanted a sliding table attachment. Haveing a small shop I knew I didn’t want rails to extend out past the feed side of the saw. So I figured that it should be possible with full extention slides. While searching for ideas I saw the sliding table at

That was pretty much what I needed. The only thing I didn’t like is that that one doesn’t pass the blade. So I jointed two full extentions together top to bottom. A set of 28” slides provide the feed side travel, then when they finish their travel the 24” outfeed take over and I am able to pass my material completly past the blade. A pair of slides on the top and one on the side keep everything from shifting and keep everything running true.

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#1 posted 02-20-2013 10:00 AM

Looking good. Is there any noticeable lateral deflection?

Another option is to use two way slides. They consist of only two sections (less slop), extend 50-70% in either direction, and available up to a meter long.

Even more serious approach is two directional telescopic slides such as Rollon. Those are not your ordinary cabinet slides. They are made of cold rolled case hardened steel and designed for loads of hundreds kilos to over a ton. While it is overkill load wise, they are precision machined and have virtually no lateral play and are silky smooth.

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#3 posted 02-20-2013 03:29 PM

Nice, very creative.

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#4 posted 02-20-2013 04:02 PM

I miss my slider. I had a very heavy, overbuilt sliding table on my Unisaw for 20 years, about 10 years ago a friend sat on it and broke right off the side of the saw. I’ve been thinking about getting the Excalibur version but I like this construction you came up with. Thanks so much for sharing.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 02-20-2013 06:16 PM

Yep, that went right to my favorites.

-- Bryan

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#6 posted 02-20-2013 11:41 PM

Viktor, I find that the slides mounted in the virticle possition on the side really takes away the lateral deflection. I find there doesn’t seem to be any.

I had thought of the two way slides, but at the time I started this I couldn’t get ones that I thought would be long enough locally. The directional telescopic slides sounds interesting. Until you posted I had never heard of them before. I’ll have to look into them. They might be handy for future projects.

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 12:27 AM

Earl, what did you do with the pieces of your “friend” after you ripped him into small pieces on your Unisaw?

I’da feed him to the dog….. ;)

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 12:45 AM

Jonathan, I had thought the same thing too. It comes up on the link that I posted with my discription. He said it wasn’t a problem so I’d thought I’d give it a go. I find that it isn’t a problem either. I keep it brushed down when I’m done. Also, when I’m not using it, the slides are concealed under the table and that seems to be enough to protect from airborn dust of ripping etc…

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 03:28 AM

Totally cool! I have a slider but I’m going to do this on my next regular table saw for sure.

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#10 posted 02-21-2013 03:49 AM

Well now, I just notice that 3rd slider on the side. That likely helps a lot with the directional stability of the whole thing (lateral slop). VERY nice. I was thinking about getting the plans for that from a while back. Now maybe I will.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#11 posted 02-21-2013 04:30 AM

i have always wanted a slider but cant afford the prices. this is awesome! i’d love to add thid to my saw sometime. thanks for sharing!

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#12 posted 02-21-2013 05:20 AM

That is really slick.. thank you for sharing.

-- Lorin

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#13 posted 02-21-2013 04:56 PM

Shawn_s, you can look at these (look for two way models):

Rollon is probably the industry leader. The down side is they are very expensive, several hundred $$ for a pair of 3 ft long slides. Chambrelan and GSF are cheaper. I got pair of smaller Rollons on e-bay for ~20% of the original price and planning to build a small slider for router table.

I like what this guy did:
and details here

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#14 posted 02-21-2013 05:00 PM

good job ,it takes up a lot less space than a store bought sliding table.


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#15 posted 02-25-2018 02:48 AM

I’ve been researching building a sliding table, and I came across that same site.
I LOVE the drawer slide idea. Can you explain a bit more about when you said ”... I jointed two full extentions together top to bottom…” How do you get the outfeed slides to allow so much travel for the infeed slides, and then how do you get the infeed slides to “let go”, so the outfeed slides can take over? Thanks in advance.

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