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Australian Woodsmith 23rd October 2019

Table Saw Infeed Table

I like to use my table saw to break down large sheets of plywood into more managable pieces. My saw has plenty of outfeed support, however, large, thin sheets of plywood have a tendency to sag from their own weight as they are being fed into the blade. This makes the operation a challenge.

To make this operation safer, I designed this infeed table. The table is easy to attach to my saw’s fence rail when I need to cut a sheet of plywood. When I’m done, it folds up and stores out of the way (photo below). Its narrow profile allows me to walk alongside as I feed material through the blade.

MAKE THE TABLE. As shown below, the infeed table is constructed from plywood with a continuous hinge connecting it to the leg. The edge of the table is notched to fit around the rip fence and a long piece of aluminium angle is fastened to the tabletop to align with the fence.

A couple of short pieces of aluminium angle screwed to the underside of the table slip over the front rail of the saw. Two toggle clamps lock the table in place (detail ‘a’ below).

ADD THE LEG. The leg is constructed from two layers of plywood glued together. To remove excess weight, I cut an opening in the centre. A couple of T-nuts in the bottom of the leg assembly hold a pair of leg levellers. Two rare-earth magnets keep the assembly folded when stored.  

 

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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