Extend the Scope of Your Tablesaw
When making repetitive tablesaw crosscuts, you typically clamp a stop on a miter-gauge auxiliary fence and cut with confidence. But what do you do when the length of the cut extends beyond the face of the miter gauge? To solve the problem, I made a telescoping stop for my saw, as shown at top
In a length of 1⁄2 " steel pipe, I drilled a pair of holes for the knurled knobs, where indicated in the drawing at top top, tapped them, and threaded a knob into each. Then, in one end of a 1⁄2 " steel rod about the same length as the pipe, I drilled a 1⁄2 " hole and attached a bolt as shown at top.
I drilled and tapped holes in the bottom of my tablesaw top and used metal strapping to secure the pipe to the table. Now, with the rod inserted in the pipe, I can slide the stop out to whatever length I need and tighten it in place with the knobs. When not in use, the stop slides all the way into the steel pipe.
—David Mattichak, Port Republic, Va.