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How to Build a Feed Table for My Table Saw

Table saws are a very versatile tool that soon become the center of most woodworking shops. Without a large, commercial saw mounted in a full-size table it can be difficult to manage cuts on full panels of plywood and other heavy sheet goods. A feed table that supports the weight on the back end of the table can help with bulky panels,as well as longer pieces of lumber. Medium density fibercore, or MDF, is a good material for constructing your table. It has a smooth surface for sliding parts across and its weight will add stability to the table.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4-inch MDF
  • Table saw
  • Tape measure
  • Miter saw
  • Pin nail gun
  • Wood glue
  • Wax
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    • 1

      Cut four strips of 3/4-inch MDF 4 inches wide by 8 feet long. Glue and nail two of the strips together along one long edge, nailing through the face of the overlapped piece into the edge of the other. Repeat with the remaining strips. Cut two legs the height of your saw table from the ground to the top, minus 3/4-inch, from each L-shaped piece using a miter saw for a square end.

    • 2

      Make the top of your table by cutting one piece of MDF 24 inches by 48 inches. Cut four MDF pieces 22 by 4 inches and four pieces 44 1/2 by 4 inches. Glue and nail these 4-inch pieces into two rectangle frames that are 22 by 46 inches. Stand the pieces on edge and set two long pieces between two short ends, nailing through the short ends into the ends of the long pieces.

    • 3

      Run a bead of glue along the top rectangle edge of one frame and place the top centered on top of it. Nail through the top into the edge of the rectangle frame using a pin nail gun and 1 1/2-inch nails every 4 inches to secure it. Turn this top over so that the frame is on top.

    • 4

      Stand one of the legs you cut inside each corner of the rectangle frame, with its end flush against the bottom of the table top. Glue and nail them into these corners. Measure from the bottom end, opposite the table top, and mark each leg 8 inches from the bottom. Fit the remaining rectangle around the legs, with its top edge at the 8-inch mark. Glue and nail it in place.

    • 5

      Stand the table up and apply three to six coats of wax to the top of the table to make pieces easily slide across it.