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April 24, 2014

Need a lift? Make and mount one to your tablesaw

Need a lift? Make and mount one to your tablesaw

Heaving heavy sheet goods onto your tablesaw might be the most physically demanding task in woodworking.

Here’s a solution: Add this simple, removable lift to your tablesaw and easily swing even full sheets of plywood or MDF onto the saw table without damaging the stock—or your back. To make it, fit a 12″-long hardwood insert to your tablesaw’s fence tube. Then, attach the 3⁄4″-plywood A-frame so that it just touches the shop floor.

To use the lift, place one edge of the sheet onto the A-frame and slide it until it’s centered. Lifting with your legs, swing the A-frame up until the top edge of the sheet rests on the saw table. Nudge the sheet off the frame and onto your tablesaw.
—Dan Martin, Galena, Ohio

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