Increase Table Saw Rip Capacity For Free or Low Cost

Increase Table Saw Rip Capacity For Free or Low Cost

Remember: Safety is your responsibility. I DO NOT recommend that you use this method to increase your table saw rip capacity. In retrospect, I wish I had done it differently. I wanted to make some cuts on a table top of a dog kennel end table. The cuts were beyond the limits of the table saw rip fence so I came up with a solution.

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  1. Lawrence Lunsford on February 12, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I have the same saw. Probably would have used the straight edge/router idea that you mentioned at end of video. Found your page by the link that Woodcraft 716 provided. I’m usually on the Live Edge chat on Tuesdays, I’ve seen your name on there. Just subscribed, now to binge watch some MMW videos! Good luck growing your channel! 🙂

  2. David Winters on February 12, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    I would have glued and screwed a piece that fits the miter slot to the table board, thus eliminating the need for the left hand side clamps.but clamp it with the right hand clamps. then you would have only needed to cut 1 time.

  3. Wang Chung on February 12, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I agree that circ saw then the router would’ve done the same thing a little easier and safer but, hey, it’s easy being an arm-chair quarterback! Sure turned out nice and I enjoyed watching. I have the same saw also and just upgraded to a POWERTEC 71005 Deluxe table saw miter gauge from Home Depot for $35. It really made a huge difference and I love the saw even more now. Thanks.

  4. The Weekend Woodshop: Richard Brooks Woodworking on February 12, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    I like how you said there is " a right way, a wrong way, and my way". I subscribe to that same philosophy. I think I would have done something similar to what you did to make those cuts. At the end of the day it all boils down to analyzing the risk, taking reasonable precautions, and executing the plan. Nice job all in all and the table top turned out pretty nice 😁

  5. Heartland Makes & Outdoors on February 12, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Another great video my friend. I wish I had seen your mallet video prior to christmas, that would have been on my tree.
    Thanks for sharing this video with us as well.
    Keep up the fun videos.

  6. wayne miller on February 12, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    I like your thought process. I’ve been struggling with the same thing. 24-in rip capacity when I’d really like closer than 36.

  7. Melvin Serrano on February 12, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    It looks like it would have been more convenient to make a large cross-cut jig. When you were pushing the first cut, the board was twisting slightly. It could have been dangerous if it would have twisted enough to catch the trailing edge of the blade.

  8. Forest Woodworks on February 12, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Great job committing to this jig and making it all the way through. Thanks MM!

  9. Eben Fernandez on February 12, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the video. I was debating doing something like this but I think I’ll just use my circular saw with a straight edge. I’m new to using a table saw so I’ll play it safe until I get more comfortable with it. I like the channel name, reminds me of Steve Ramsey’s channel WWMM.

  10. Mark F on February 12, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    The idea of a larger table is great, well done! I have a little jobsite table saw and want to build a lot of cabinets… with a lot of repetitive size cuts. The task has felt daunting thinking of measuring, clamping and cutting over and over again with a circular saw. Not only would it be time consuming and tedious, but impossible to keep the kind of tolerances I’d be happy with.

    I think if the table and fence was sized with some more infeed it could work great. Thank you for the inspiration to help solve this problem!