Support tablesaw shelves with angle-iron rails
Every time you switch from the miter gauge to the rip fence, you have to walk across the shop to put one or the other down. Then there's the problem of where to store the pushstick and other tablesaw accessories. Solve this dilemma by building a pair of shelves below your tablesaw top, using two pieces of angle iron and some 3/4" plywood or particleboard. Cut two pieces of 1/8 x 1 x 1" angle iron as long as the total length of your tablesaw top, extensions included. Mount the angle iron just above the joint where the legs and the saw enclosure meet, using three equally spaced 5/16 x 2" machine bolts. (If the saw's power switch or handle interferes, bolt the angle iron to the legs.)
Attach the shelves to the angle iron using 1/4" machine screws, lock washers, and nuts. Countersink the heads of the screws into the shelves. A strip of 1 x 2 glued and screwed to the outside end of each shelf will keep accessories from falling off.
-- Marvin Ring, Corvallis, Ore.
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