Introduction: Larger Top for Table Saw

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Tools used:

An old kitchen table top or hearty plywood.
A low quality table saw.
Jig saw.
Door knob drill bit, or any size large enough to use as a starting hole for your jig saw bit.
Spray paint.
Fine tip marker
Straight edge
4 3 inch screws with nuts and washers.
Polyurethane .
Some fans to aid drying time

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Purchased a table saw from Home Depot an had a few problems with the quality of the cut I was getting. Never uniform cuts, and rarely straight. Saw online where others were having the same problem and this is my resolution...

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In my garage I had an old kitchen table. Solid sturdy top. So I used the top from it to modify my table saw.

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I decided to not mount the top to the main surface, but rather to the sides of the table saw. Doing this keeps the table saw intact and functional if I decide to remove my modification later

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*** you need to be aware that doing this will cause you to lose some depth of cut. In my case, I lost 1".

I had to take measurements and use my jig saw to make a cut where the saw blade would come through. I started my cutout with a door knob bit to allow room to maneuver my jig saw.

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I used yellow, and a little green to put down an initial finish. This was originally because it was the spray paint that I had left over from other projects. I later discovered that it worked out great because when I marked the table in 1" increments, the marks were easily seen. My particular table adjusts to a 45 degree angle. I made an additional set of lines(in red) to account for the altered position of the blade. This step is highly recommended.

Step 6: Step 6: Finishing

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My last step was simply several coats of lacquer. This is done over my measured lines and will aid in keeping them from wearing as well as make wood slide easier during cutting. This is my first posting to instructables so if you have feedback (good/bad) please let me know and thanks!

Comments

tomatoskins (author)2015-09-14

I love customizing my tools to make them more useable! Keep up the great work and welcome to the community!

RJ9 (author)tomatoskins2015-09-20

Thanks. I'm working on a poplar nightstand at the moment. I'll be sure to post when I'm complete.

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