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I have a sears table saw that i recieved as a christmas gift last year.
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I cant afford a better saw so i want to do what i can to expand the capabilities of this one. the saw I have has a very small table (about 30 wide by 20), an undersized miter slot so you cant buy an off-the-shelf miter gauge, and the rip fence is a joke. the blade is also pretty far forward in the table so the miter gauge hangs off the front of the table (very unstable and inaccurate) when cutting anything more than 6 inches wide.

The plan is to ditch the folding stand (which isnt horrible) for a wooden cabinet on wheels. I want to extend the table at least 3 feet to the right, and also about a foot forward instead of rearward like most due to the blade being forward on the table. id like to build a rip fence like the biesmeyer (spelling??). Im looking for a solution to the miter gauge issue I have. perhaps extending the table forward and adding T track miter slot to the extension will help to stabilize things? Ill also be building a freestanding outfeed table for the rear. Any other suggestions/ideas (besides buying a new saw, which I would love to do)
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By the way, I found a pretty good Biesemeier clone that i will probably try to duplicate
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One of the things I did to my saw was to add a folding outfeed table with folding legs. This aloows me to cut sheet good or rip long stock with out the material trying to drop off the back. I tried the roller stand that kept moving around, or pullling the stock away from the fence. the attached folding table also serves as a work bench, and folds so the saw does not tke up any more room when stored.
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You might consider building a sled to replace the miter. You could incorporate a miter gage into the sled and make custom runners to fit the existing grooves in the TS.
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+1 on the sled suggestion. They are fairly simple to build and are much safer than the miter gauge.

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Anyone have any links to a good sled? I see alot of 90 degree cutoff sleds but not many that allow for miter cuts
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Hi Jason,

You seem to have a similar problem to me.

If you check out the post below, you may get some ideas

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...tml#post145575

A sled for smaller pieces and an outfeed table should help.

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Also check out this thread for a stand for the TS


http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...html#post91243

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Hello Jason! Under the circumstances, It is one of the best things You can do. A good table size is as important as the saw itself! . It solves many problems as far as what jigs can be used, and what size of the wood that can be cut. I have to say also, that the sled will make for more accurate cuts, and set-up time. I wish You well with Your saw, and keep us informed. Thank You

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Thank you.
This thread has given me hope for my chocolate teapot tablesaw.
A sled looks like it's the way to go for me.
My problem is that the "tracks" in the table are inaccurately pressed in.
I'll probably guide the sled with runners down the outside edge of the saw.
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