MastRSlide on a Bosch 4000 Contractor saw

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Review by pastor_shane posted 01-23-2008 02:02 AM 13461 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now I know what some of you may be thinking. Putting a JessEm MastRSlide on a Bosch 4000 is well, kinda like putting a bored out 350 engine into a Chevy Citation. But with the mastRSlide, I have been able to achieve very accurate and just as importantly consistent results with this set-up. While someday I hope to be able to afford a hybrid or full-blown cabinet saw, the mastRSlide has allowed me to take on projects that I otherwise would never have dared attempt on the Bosch 4000 alone.

While the MastRSlide will not make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, it will make for a very capable platform that will handle just about anything from full 4’x8’ sheetgoods to the most precise tenons. And the best part is that the mastRSlide can be transplanted when I get a better saw for my shop.

I would highly reccomend the JessEm sliding table to anyone who uses a table saw. The only down side is the fairly steep price (only have to cry once) and getting comfortable working on the left side of the blade.

With a little ingenuity, portability does not have to come at the expense of accuracy.

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-25-2008 08:57 PM

Neat Idea. What was involved in mounting it on your saw?


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#2 posted 01-25-2008 10:44 PM

How long did it take you to get it up and running?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 07:51 AM

It was actually fairly easy to install on the saw. If you look at Mark Decou’s review of the same saw, you can see in his picture of the underside that there are 4 tapped holes molded into the top casting. I attached birch plywood outriggers (one in the front and one in the back of the saw) using these 4 holes. In the above picture, you can see the front outrigger under the table. These outriggers are adjustable vertically using a series of washers between the outrigger and the underside of the table saw to get the sliding table to the right hight. I also transfered the wing mounting holes locations from the sliding table to the table saw and drilled them out. Then using large fender washers to distribute the load, I attached the sliding table to the side of the table on the saw using bolts and nylon lock nuts.
From the time I started to actually cross-cutting some lumber was about 3-4 hours over a two-day period. I have been using this set-up for over a year and have not had to adjust the table once after the initial set-up.

JessEm states very clearly that is not intended to be used on this type of saw in their brochure and web site, but what makes it possible to use on this saw is the outriggers which triangulate and distribute the load of the sliding table.

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 09:52 PM

I didn’t go QUITE this far on my Bosch 4000. I opted for the JessEm Mite-R-Excel instead. I have been nothing but happy with it, and like you, when I ‘graduate’ to a full size TS, this will transfer nicely.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#5 posted 06-02-2008 03:24 AM

I had a MasterSlide installed on a cabinet saw I owned.

It rocks. It’s really a quality Tablesaw accessory. I had
a stop on the rip fence on the tablesaw and a stop
on the Jessem. That gave me stops to the right and
left of the blade – you have no idea how much faster
you can cut parts out with such a setup.

The major drawback is that it sags and if you are cutting
anything that is a little heavy and longer than 4 feet you have
to push down pretty hard against your table saw table to
keep the cut square. Also you have to get the hang of
keeping the fence clear of debris that can throw the cut out
of square. If you aren’t pulling the stock firmly against
the Jessem’s fence the work may creep away from the blade as
you cut. The Jessem’s aluminum extrusion is quite smooth.

You might consider gluing some sandpaper to the fence to
prevent the creep…. because otherwise you’ll have to be
constantly vigilant – and I like to eliminate such situations from
my woodworking because while I work safely I also think
through the next procedure while I am working and my attention
is seldom unwavering when making routine, repetitive cuts.

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#6 posted 06-10-2008 09:27 AM

Kinda like turning a Chevy Citation into a Cadillac… whatever works

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#7 posted 06-10-2008 09:40 AM

Or a Vega with a big block in it….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 12-03-2008 06:06 AM

i have a bosch 4100 table saw i just recieve my slide table from jessem by ups what modification where done to attach to saw.

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