Builders’ Tip: A Temporary Extension for Table-Saw Tops
Every now and then, I have to use my portable table saw to cut wide, lightweight sheet goods — such as rigid-foam insulation.
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The trouble is, the saw’s top isn’t wide enough to accommodate the sheet goods.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, I made a temporary saw table that extends the work surface substantially on the right side of the blade.
- The top is made of 1⁄2-inch oriented strand board (OSB).
- It’s screwed and glued to a 1x2 frame that fits tightly around the saw’s table.
- Most of the weight of the auxiliary table is on the right side of the saw. So to keep the OSB table from lifting, I bored a hole through the frame on the left side of the blade.
- A machine screw fits through this hole into a corresponding hole in the saw table, as shown in the inset drawing.
- A clamp-on fence made of 1x pine completes the rig.
Now it’s a cinch to cut 23-inch wide sheets of foam to vent a ceiling.
— Robert Conrad, Pellston, Mich.
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