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Forum topic by MarkCh posted 10-26-2021 01:18 AM 215 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2021 01:18 AM

Anybody here slapped a piece of melamine with some form of extended fence on top of their contractor’s table saw for wider cuts (plus built in zero clearance insert)?

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#1 posted 10-26-2021 02:51 AM

Several of the woodworking magazines have showed exactly what you are talking about over the years.

Most I have seen on the smaller jobsite saws have started building a “surround” to give the outline of bigger area. Over any bigger saw you can attach a sheet of 1/4” hardboard for the ZCI effect, smooth surface, and consistent one piece surface.

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Essentially as involved as you want to go, I’ve seen several members here with either jobsite, or contractor saws with bases built around the working saw. On any of them you gain a bigger top area. Throw a cover over it, and off you go.

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#2 posted 10-26-2021 03:54 AM

This makes me think of an even easier approach: add miter bars to the bottom of a piece of melamine, and additional bars on the front/back that fit snug against the top of the TS—so the whole top is covered. you lose 3/4” of cutting capacity but not a big deal when you’re using the extra width to trim down cabinet doors and plywood. You would be able to have a fence go out as far as the melamine is wide. Some day I’ll get to this.

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