How to Build a Sliding Table for a Sliding Table Saw

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What You'll Need
Large piece of plywood
Framing square
Tape measure
Table saw
Safety glasses

The sliding table saw is the perfect tool for cutting small pieces of wood such as plywood and MDF. It can also be very useful when you are trying to make details in items such as cabinet doors, or on worktops. In order to get the best out of the sliding table saw, a good sliding table is vital. If you do not already have one of these tables in your workshop. you can easily construct one, rather than purchasing a new piece of equipment. The sliding table for your saw can be ready for table work in a few hours by following some simple instructions.

Step 1 - Plan the Table

Work out the length of the table you require in order to make the best use of your sliding table saw. Measure out the length between the blade of the saw, and the left miter track. Add around one inch to this distance. This should make it the ideal length for your sliding table saw. Then mark out these measurements onto a piece of unwanted wood, which you will use as your template.

Step 2 - Cut the Wood

man cutting a sheet of plywood

Take the large piece of plywood, and place it onto a flat surface. Using the template, mark out the distance you took from the tape measure, and apply it to one of the shorter sides. You should then use the framing square, also known as a roofing square, to mark out the way across the board. You should then cut down a piece of hardwood until it fits onto the plywood with around five to six inches extending from each end.

Step 3 - Make the Sliding Table

Screw the hardwood into place where you had previously made the mark on the plywood. You must counter-sink the heads of the screws in order to prevent them from scratching any wood which is being cut. Once the hardwood is in place, connect the strip to the miter slot. The board edge should protrude about an inch beyond the saw. Take out the plywood, and then turn on the saw. Replace the plywood, cutting off the part of the wood which was extending beyond the blade. This gives you a perfectly flush cut. Take your other hardwood pieces, and construct a fence around the edge of the table, except for the side you have just cut.

Step 4 - Add the Runners

You can then add runners to the bottom of the table. This will allow it to slide backwards and forwards towards the saw. These runners need to be placed into the miter groove in your saw in order to ensure that the table slides backwards and forwards. Screw these in tightly, and then move the table backwards and forwards a few times, to make sure that it has a smooth movement.