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  • Dedpedal
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    No, the crosscut sled and 45 sled are the biggest culprits. Without support on the left side they tend to tip if I put pressure there.

  • LCHIEN
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    by sleds, you mean rails?

  • Dedpedal
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    All,I need is another accessory table. This will do the job for now. My biggest problem with removing the smt was that my sleds weren’t as supported on the left side and sometimes they tilt if I put weight on that side. Click image for larger version

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  • Dedpedal
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    You’ve got the right idea. I’m going to save the smt and store it until I need it. Right now I have two accessory tables on it. Kinda kicking myself for not thinking of it sooner.

  • LCHIEN
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    The last suggestion is be careful when handling and moving the SMT off the saw. Its easy and happens a lot that the locking levers get broken off when you drop it.

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  • LCHIEN
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    There is a locking device on the front edge of the SMT that locks the sliding portion to be "even" with the main table when you are not using the slide function.
    There are actually two locking slots on the SMT base that engage the lock IIRC. The second lock position (about an inch away) is so that the SMT is even with the main table when the SMT is reversed.

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  • Jim Frye
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    When I had a 12'x12' shop, I was always bumping the SMT and moving it out of alignment. I have four accessory tables. Since I was always having to realign it, I got into the habit of removing the SMT when I wasn't needed and just going through the steps to realign it when putting it back on. Even with my new 12'x22' shop, I still move my saw over to a wall if it gets in the way for something I'm doing. I think you'll ruin the usability of the SMT by cutting the slide shorter. Just today, I had to cross cut a 22' wide piece and used every inch of the slide on the SMT. Yes, the stock SMT miter fence won't do 22", but I made second fence that mounts on the front end of the SMT table to give 24" of crosscut. Cutting the slide would reduce that ability.

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  • Dedpedal
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    So far I’ve moved my extra accessory table to the left side. I’ll be watching for another parts saw to show up nearby.
    thanks guys! I’d feel bad about chopping up a usable part that way.

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  • dbhost
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    Leave the SMT intact, and just remove it. Build a left side table support like LCHIEN shows above. No damage to the saw, and you can roll back if you chose to sell the saw, or end up in a larger shop space.

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  • twistsol
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    Not necessarily. If the saw is stationary, then you don't walk into it as often, but if you're moving it around, you just end up moving the problem to the other side of the saw.

  • LCHIEN
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    Is turning the SMT 180 not the easiest?

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  • Dedpedal
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    Thanks guys! I hadn’t thought about making my own table. A third accessory table would be the easiest way to go so I’ll keep my eyes open at garage sales. That’s where I found the extra smt. In the meantime I think I have the hardware I need to do what I want. I’ll post pics as it goes. It’ll be cool to have two routers in my table at that.

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  • LCHIEN
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    He's not really wanting an extended table. He only wants the protrusion of the SMT to be out of the way. The suggestion for extension tables is only to replace the SMT with a short extension which is not an extension at all, just a table filler as an alternative to a aux table.

  • capncarl
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    We all get caught up I wanting a large table saw in our shop. In your 10 x 10 shop there is no room on your saw for extended tables. I use a number of miter slot sleds on my saw that would almost completely eliminate the need of the smt. I still use a track saw when I have to cut up large pieces.

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  • LCHIEN
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    Ah, good link, it's Rod Kirby's table and details how its made and attached.
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