....or push it back to where you want and cut a notch out of each side panel to clear the lever. As long as you can see the scale you're good. If you plan on screwing a fence down to your outfeeds that will give you the most usable space on the counter for other things.
Take a look at this post link This will give you some ideas before you go to much farther. Below is a picture of mine from last year. You can also do a search to find many more, some very creative and exquisitely built. My top is built with 2 layesr of 3/4 MDF, glued pine as the surround for stability and Formica on the top as well as the fence.
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