7 Must-Have Table Saw Upgrades

7 Must-Have Table Saw Upgrades

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(Disclaimer: None of these products were sent to me for free. Everything was purchased with my own money and nothing included in this list is a paid promotion)

Even the best table saw can do with a few upgrades. Not just to improve functionality, but also performance and safety. When I bought my new table saw, I decided it would be a good opportunity to document the upgrades in hopes that you might also find them useful.

Stuff shown in the video:

For the aluminum extrusion:
+ 48” Aluminum Extrusion – https://amzn.to/35tNPHy
+ 1/4-20 Oval Nuts – https://amzn.to/3sHnq1D
+ 3/8” Socket Cap Bolts – https://amzn.to/3j92qLN
(It appears the ones I purchases are now sold out. Try these instead: https://amzn.to/3rurdyq Note that what you’re looking for are 1/4-20 threads and a 3/8″ length)

To attach sacrificial fences:
+ 1/4-20 Oval Nuts – https://amzn.to/3sHnq1D
+ 3/4″ Flat Head Cap Screws – https://amzn.to/3K7ABiN

+ Accessory basket – https://amzn.to/3LJs1XX
+ Hidden Drawer 3D Print File – https://www.printables.com/model/19446-sawstop-table-saw-utility-drawer/collections

Zero Clearance Inserts:
+ Colliflower Zero Clearance Plate – https://www.colliflower-zci.com/store/sawstop
+ 4-Pack of Replaceable Inserts – https://www.colliflower-zci.com/store/umxxnhxoa3yc4eqgdhj4u6fez9qh7e
+ 4-Pack of Dado Inserts – https://www.colliflower-zci.com/store/4-pack-of-replaceable-dado-inserts-for-sawstop-zci-225-width

Stock Guides:
+ Board Buddies (a less expensive alternative to Jessem) – https://amzn.to/37leLtR
+ Board Buddy Track – https://amzn.to/3rtX0j7
+ Jessem Clear-Cut TS Stock Guides (track included) – https://amzn.to/3M5TcMN

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  1. Pete Nelson on September 20, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Buying a Saw Stop for my new shop in my new house, and went searching for inserts for the saw. Found this site (for the 2nd time) and this time saved it to my shop ideas play list. Love what you did for the dust extraction system and the upgrades you made to the fence. My kids bought me a Jessem Clear-Cut TS Stock Guide for my saw and setting it up with the rail on the fence is an awesome idea, something I’m sure I’ll be incorporating into my saw. Thanks again for all you do for the woodworking community.

  2. Anthony on September 20, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    I installed the aluminum extrusion on my fence today. I used the hardware recommended by Mark in the description. At 4:10 when he says "the bolts just barely grab the metal around the keyhole slot" he wasn’t kidding.

    Because of this — combined with the difficulty of tightening the screws with a ball-head hex key — I opted to add some washers to keep the screws from slipping out of the keyhole. A dowel with a small square of double-sided tape at the end helps feed the screws into the holes from inside the fence.

    Next up, I’ll be making my very own Cremona.

  3. David Thompson on September 20, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you

  4. Robert Manning on September 20, 2023 at 8:12 pm


  5. Mark_115 on September 20, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    I just wanna say, man that painting inside a cardboard box is genius

  6. Paul Yanney on September 20, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks I just ordered the zero clearance insert. How did you fit the riving knife with it?
    I may try that fence replacement too?

  7. somebodypeculiar on September 20, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    9:04 – Some lubricant on the tap is a Real Good Ideal. For that matter, using a tap wrench and doing it by hand isn’t a bad idea. I was taught to reverse the direction a bit every half-rotation or so, but that seems to have gone out of fashion.

  8. danielrybin2006 on September 20, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    For the aluminum fence, my experience was that the bolts bottomed out in the extrusion. Plus the key hole had the wider opening at the bottom so the fence slipped off. Instead I added some washers on the inside that kept the bolts from bottoming

  9. Phil Stevens on September 20, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    I just bought a Harvey ALPHA saw and without any accessories other than their overhead dust collection arm. This system is one of the best I’ve seen and every bit as good as the one that cost 3 x as much on my FELDER Sliding Table Saw. All the fences etc are from Incra. The extension table will be a full drawer cabinet built by me that extends into a full woodworking bench. I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes out.

  10. Alex Gordon on September 20, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    I bought the Colliflower inserts based on your recommendation. Solid parts and the fit really well. Jake Colliflower was very responsive to my questions too.

  11. Kurt Schilling on September 20, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    Good information. I realize that I’m something of a dinosaur in that my table saw is a 48 year old Delta Contractor’s 10 inch. Having said that some of the suggestions that you make can be adapted to the Delta, but not all of them. SacrificiaI fences and the like are an interesting project to do on the Delta fence. I have a Ripstrake device that acts as a hold down on the fence that is also probably pushing 45 years old. It requires an add-on to the fence for use. Don’t know if anyone else uses the things or not. ZCIs are mostly made from 1/2 laminate flooring at a fraction of the cost of a OEM insert. Dust collection is a FrankenVac system, but I to like the overhead arm idea. Mebbe in the winter I’ll get out my DIY Engineer Cap and have at it. Wish I had the time and bucks to invest in a "newer" saw, but the old Delta does what I need and want to do.

  12. Donnie Kluck on September 20, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    For the fence would if you do not have an out feed table setup like you have, you would want to get the extrusion table to be the same length as your fence system correct i.e. 36"?

  13. J. Leavenworth on September 20, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    Great suggestions once again Marc! Almost done with my Roubo! Love my Sawstop as well…going to try some of these ideas.

  14. Guyonahog on September 20, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    Will this work with a BIESEMEYER?

  15. Charles Elkins on September 20, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Nice video, good tips. Especially like the tip about adding the extrusion face to the fence.

  16. Richard F Sebzda on September 20, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Next level carpentry just did a video on how to diy the zero clearence inserts.

  17. Robert Kripaitis on September 20, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Marc, did you set your measurement indicator to the fence without any sacrificial fences.

  18. Josephcpratt on September 20, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Marc, any thoughts on how to attach the aluminum extrusion to a Biesemeyer fence that does not have access holes on the underside to get at the bolts? My fence has faces attached to a square steel tube, but the faces must be must be glued on.

  19. Pat Maundrell on September 20, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    I found a used SS Overhead Vacuum assy on CR and hook it to a separate Shop Vac which is operated automatically activated switch. It works fantastically!

  20. Justin Dominiak on September 20, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    After adding the aftermarket fence, did you do anything to fix the indicator cursor position? The stock indicator doesn’t allow moving that extra inch that the aftermarket fence adds.

  21. Bullfrog Pond Shop on September 20, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Nice upgrades! Yes, dust collection on the SawStop is exceptional when both the cabinet port and blade guard dust ports are used! And despite other prominent YT’ers saying it wouldn’t work well for machines like table saws and planers, my dust collection system is powered by a large shop-vac with key fob remote control and works very well on all my machines except the chop saw.

    My solution to the blade guard dust port is a mini shop-vac sitting on the extension table…for now. I’ve been thinking about hanging it from the ceiling to get it completely out of the way, but I rarely cut sheet goods, so it’s seldom in the way. Only downside is it wouldn’t be controlled by remote (it’s now now either). Nice build on the DIY overarm, but I don’t think I’d like any type of overarm system.

    I may have to go with the aluminum fence though! I’ve noticed my fence isn’t PERFECTLY straight, or square to the table for that matter, which was frustrating when I built a spline jig a couple weeks back.

    I screwed a cabinet door handle onto the main rail endcap and I store the allen wrenches in there. A drawer would be even better!

    Thanks for a great video!

  22. Richard on September 20, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Anyone else unable to loosen the 5mm lots holding the stock face from the fence? I’m using the 5mm ball wrench SawStop provided. Anyone have suggestions?

  23. Joseph Romero on September 20, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Maaaan, never thought about just using my fence to attach stop block for cross cuts – my fence already has T slots too- ty sir 😎

  24. Chris C on September 20, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    how is the aluminum fence working out? I was thinking about doing this on my SawStop as well because when using the saw gauge there is allot of variance when sliding the gauge along fence wood extrusion from beginning to end. .

  25. Scott childs on September 20, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    I would like to get the hidden drawer for my PCS, and was torn between the plastic and the metal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  26. Lost in a dream on September 20, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    I’ll sell my brand new jessem guides for a 100 bucks, they are the dumbest thing ever

  27. Mark Gado on September 20, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    I like the cauliflower piece. Didn’t know about that option. Thanks! 🤠✌

  28. dliguori25 on September 20, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    I bought the aluminum extrusion for my pcs saw and the channels don’t line up well which confuses me. If I use the bottom channel it lines up with the keyhole access holes, meaning it’s not secured into the slots on the fence. If I use the middle channel the extrusion is too low so the fence won’t sit flat. Anyone else have this issue?

  29. Pete Buehn on September 20, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    Great video, I was looking at how you mounted the Jessem guide and at 9:16 in the video it appears that the guides are mounted on the aluminum extrusion. Thanks

  30. Paul Cipriano on September 20, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    Definitely going to add All of these Awesome tips to dress up my SawStop. Thank you as Always Marc!

  31. catalin scarlat on September 20, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    You do have to spend some time setting the saw up… blade, fence, etc. But once done, the saw is great. Fairly compact which is Nice https://www.youtube.com/post/UgkxXh-4_3-ZT1fFWP91ZV7iVqzElr0lEb-a I did get an Incra Miter Gauge which takes some setup as well. The stock miter gauge can be adjusted in the miter slot with a little painter’s tape… this tightens up the side to side play a lot.

  32. Jake Rynearson on September 20, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Can you post the link to buy the printed drawer? Thanks

  33. Kevin Stenger on September 20, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    I finally splurged on the Jess Em stock guides a couple of years ago and they are fantastic! I find that I get more accurate cuts, especially when cutting plywood shelves and panels that need to be truly square.

  34. Scott on September 20, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks Marc, I have a similar aluminum fence (Woodpecker Supertrack) on my Delta T2 Fence, but havent taken advantage of too many attachments for it yet. I ordered the hardware you linked to add any sacrificial fence small, tall whatever. I can also use them on my miter gauge since it has an aluminum extrusion Powertech fence as well. The fence you linked looks awesome, I would have just purchased that. Comes in a lot of sizes. Thanks

  35. QUARTER SAWN on September 20, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    After adding the extrusion and sacrificial fence, did you have to lay down new measure tape on the rail?

  36. XxMalaboo on September 20, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    What are good upgrades for jobsite saw

  37. idlsjay on September 20, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Matthew is sooo cute 😂

  38. JohnyB on September 20, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    I want I want I want

  39. SAW IT on September 20, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Some great ideas to try with my new Sawstop, i particularity like the overhead pipe setup.

  40. bobbg on September 20, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    That incert plate was somthing norm had on his delta, and the company that made them went out of business they have been off the market for years, and this new company brought them back but currently only make them for sawstop saws unless they have decided to do them for other brands of saws, I would rellay like to see them made for other brands i think norms was made out of aircraft aluminum.
    Maybe if they dont own the pat woodpecker tools will make them.
    And I think its been over the pat time period to let somone else start making them. Its a pretty clever idea, but with woodworking tools I belive i could make one out of 3/4" plexiglass and use a router bit to make the dovetail slots to hold the wood into. The only problem would be a riving knife.

  41. Paul Yanney on September 20, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    Can you use riving knife with that throat plate?

  42. shadowscion on September 20, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    I refuse to believe people pay $500 for that hose attachment.

  43. mark2talk2u on September 20, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    Love the Cremona jokes. You had another in the foreclosure video.

  44. Curtis on September 20, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    Purchased a colliflower insert for my sawstop jobsite pro. Not aluminum per their website, and the insert pops out super easily making kickback of the insert an almost guarantee. There is no waythis thing is safe. It also shipped from an alternate address making me think there is a chance his shop may have had to have been sold and he’s farming out production to a DIY-er that isn’t quite apt. So Beware they may have switched their product. With the new product, I found it less stable than the Sawstop original. Contact Jack first before you purchase. He was super professional but the level of craftsmanship since this video has gone down considerably. What the website shows is not what I received. Be ware.

  45. P F on September 20, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    Love my Jessem clear cut saw guides! The only complaint I have is the tires. when they get a couple of years old they start degrading, becoming gooey and collecting sawdust. New tires are a little pricey but I bit the bullet and my guides are as good as new!

  46. Tong Yong on September 20, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    Very Professional and to the point. Great work sir.

  47. larry tait on September 20, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    Those upgrades to the saw stop are brilliant. I’ve often had issues with feather boards for example. I like the dust collector DIY. I’m using 2” black ABS for mine and only 2’ of corrugated tube at either end of the long skinny ABS “U” to connect to the guard and for the hookup to the 4” port

  48. Brent Daugherty on September 20, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    It was unclear at first but after watching your other videos it seems you use your extruded fence for your measuring tape–not the sacrificial one. My only concern is running angled stock against the fence as it might slide into the crevices.

  49. Rob Brown on September 20, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    You are correct, sliding on the tee track to the fence is/was a bear. Also, the design for the screws is not great! Great Video. So, I now have the tee track installed and the jessum Clear Cut guides.

  50. Bill Frazier on September 20, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    I just bought a sawstop and aluminum fence. If it touches the blade a sawstop tech said it will stop the blade. Do you put a sacrificial fence on the fence and then drill new holes so the sight bubble is right? Thanks