Last updated on August 26th, 2020 at 05:05 am
Having a table saw is more than just having a table with a fast spinning blade attached to it. With the right table saw accessories and attachments, you can upgrade and improve your table saw.
A table saw is basically used for making rip cuts. But that’s not all you can do with this important woodworking machine. Even with the best table saw sitting in your wood shop, you might still be missing out on some goodies if you don’t get the right accessories to go with it.
You can think of table saw accessories as phone apps. Just like phone apps allow you to get more out of your smartphone, table saw accessories help you to tinker your table saw improving it in terms of functionally and accuracy.
Here are 16 table saw accessories and table saw attachments you need to upgrade your table saw and improve its performance.
1. Incra Miter 5000 table saw miter gauge with sled
If you’ve already used Incra’s Miter 3000, then this Incra Miter 5000 table saw miter gauge and sled will wow you even more.
It’s one of the most trusted table saw miter gauge and crosscut sled I could absolutely recommend to anyone without thinking twice.
With it you can break down sheet goods or make any other type of cuts on your table saw with great accuracy.
The Miter 5000 with the T-track secures the workpiece by means of its clamping feature so you can move it and the workpiece or material you’re cutting as one solid unit eliminating any chance for error.
It features precision angle adjustments of ½ degree increments, a stop positioner and clamping sled to enable you work as precisely as possible.
2. Rockler table saw crosscut sled
Why make your own table saw sled when you can buy this awesome one from Rockler. This awesome Rockler crosscut sled is all you need to make perfect miters and crosscuts every time without any errors.
Everything about this table saw crosscut sled screams quality. It’s easy to read and setup.
It has ½ degree graduations and it’s equipped with a tiny hairline indicator that ensures you don’t get any errors during setup.
The sled features a heavy-duty aluminum fence and an adjustable MDF fence face that are all well made.
All the components slides smoothly without any friction so you can set it up and make your cuts as precisely as you want it to be.
Seriously, this sled from Rockler is everything you need or even want in a table saw sled.
3. Incra I-Box jig for box joints
Stop wasting time cutting box joints with traditional jigs that don’t give fast and accurate results. This Incra I-Box jig will ease all your box joint frustrations as soon as you start using it on your table saw or router table.
Incra claims it’s the most advanced tool ever produced for cutting stunning variety of box and finger joints, and from what I’ve seen, they’re not joking. I do believe their claim.
The design of the jig allows you to set it up quickly and start working with it without wasting time. The design also improves user safety compared to other tradition box joint jigs, so you can be rest assured that your hands are safe as you work with it.
If you find yourself cutting box and finger joints every day, then getting this Incra I-Box jig should actually be a no-brainer for you.
4. Bench Dog Tools 40-102 ProMax cast iron router table extension
If you have contractor-grade or right-tilt cabinet table saw, then you’ll find this ProMax cast iron router table extension from Bench Dog Tools extremely useful, especially if you have a small shop where space for tools is limited.
What the ProMax cast iron router table extension does is that it expands your table saw’s functionality by simply adding an industrial grad router table in place of the table saw’s extension wings.
So, it’s like have a table saw and a router table in one machine. There’s an included Profence which quickly dismounts and hangs by the side with included j-hooks, so you can work with the table saw only. The whole setup includes a router top, fence and a mounting hardware.
5. Rousseau portable table saw stand
If you have a portable table saw but you need more rip capacity and more room to rip large wood stocks to size, then this Rousseau portable table saw stand and extension table is exactly the accessory you need.
It compatible with most portable table saws such as the Dewalt DWE7490, Bosch 4100, Bosch GTS1041A, Makita 2705, Rigid R4513 and Sawstop JSS.
The stand and extension wings comes equipped with a T-Style locking fence system which provides all the accuracy you need to make error-free cuts.
6. Incra Miter Express table saw sled
This Incra Miter Express table saw sled works with your normal miter gauge to create a perfectly balanced system for making crosscuts on your table, which eliminates the errors that may occur if you just use your normal miter gauge.
With the Incra Miter Express, you have the ability to drop and lock your miter gauge into the sliding Incra Miter Express platform, which then stays put and rock solid until you’re ready to switch it back to your normal miter gauge.
The Incra Miter Express also feature a built-in miter bar which you can adjust to prevent any side play along the miter track.
So, even if your old miter gauge is a bit loose, one you’re lock it into the miter express, you can adjust it using the built-in miter bar to prevent any form of play and produce accurate cuts every time.
7. Table saw feather boards
Table saw feather boards are essential safety accessories that are very necessary if you have a table saw. A table saw feather board’s function is to help hold your stock firmly against your table saws fence and tabletop.
This helps to protect your hands, prevent binding, kickbacks, bending of blades and ultimately ensure your safety as you make cuts on your table saw.
Talking about feather boards, the JessEm 4015 above is one of the best feather boards you can get your hands on today.
It’s very easy to setup and works perfectly with any table saw, as well as router tables, shapers and band saws.
Other equally effective table saw feather boards include the Magswitch and Drillpro feather board shown below.
8. HTC HOR-1038 outfeed roller system for table saws
Upgrade your cabinet table saw with this HTC HOR-1038 outfeed roller system. With it you can rip large sheet goods like 4×8’ sheets by yourself without help from anyone.
It allows you to do the ripping all by yourself as the outfeed roller system kind of acts like a second person receiving your stock at the other end of the table saw.
The outfeed roller system is designed so that it allows you to feed stock straight and level through your table saw blade. Your stock will just glide across 15 ball-bearing outfeed rollers smoothly without any friction.
Setup is simple and easy as the outfeed roller system comes with a full size template you can use to mark and attach it to your cabinet table saw.
It’s compatible with most 10 inch cabinet table saws.
9. Precision miter gauge
The miter gauge is one table saw accessory you’ll use quite a lot when using your table saw to make angled or miter cuts.
Sadly, the miter gauge that comes with new table saws often need a lot of adjustment to get them set properly, and you even end up with total crap miter gauges in some cases.
The Kreg precision miter gauge comes to the rescue. It’s an aftermarket miter gauge that performs the functions of a miter gauge in a more precise manner and without all the stress that comes with the scrappy ones.
If there’s any play between the miter bar and the miter slot, you can easily adjust it tight with just a screw driver. There are positive stops for cutting common angles and so much more.
There’s no doubt the Kreg precision miter gauge is an accessory that will make your life far easier while using your table saw.
Table saw accessories like this precision miter gauge from Kreg are must haves if you intend to get the best out of your table saw.
Getting it or one of the above mentioned accessories will definitely improve and increase the things you can do with your saw, even saving you some valuable time on the job.
10. A safety power switch
Safety is one of the first things you need to think about when you get a table saw. You need to be safety conscious whether you’re experienced in using it or not.
Read these table saw safety measures recommended by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) if you have not, and remember to read the manual and follow the rules and safety measures set by the manufacturer.
One of the ways to ensure extra safety when using a table saw is to install a safety power switch on it, so that you can quickly turn the saw off by bumping the safety switch with your kneel in case of an emergency.
This safety switch will prove very useful to you in case the blade starts binding with the wood when making a cut. All you have to do is bump the safety or kill switch with your kneel to turn-off the machine and make necessary adjustments.
11. Pushblock for table saws
Still talking about table saw accessories that enhance safety, a pushblock is a necessary accessory that will make sure you don’t lose your fingers while using a table saw.
Even without a blade guard, a pushblock helps you guard stock safely through the saw as you rip through the wood. It is one of the most important piece of table saw accessory that will ensure your safety while using the table saw.
Using a pushblock also prevents kickbacks from happening because the pushblock grips the wood and you’re totally in control of the stock at all times. The GRR-RIPPER 3D pushblock is one of the best pushblocks for table saws.
So, in case you decide to get a table saw pushblock, the GRR-RIPPER 3D pushblock might just be a perfect fit for you.
12. Powertwist link belt
Chances are the belt that come with your table saw are the common V-belts that have been around for as long as I can remember.
Those belts are not bad when you start using them, but as time goes on they start to deform and develop bumps even becoming stiff when you don’t use them for a long time.
When this happens, it causes your table saw to run unusually, causing vibration in the saw making it difficult for the saw to run smoothly.
A good solution to this problem is a simple but very useful table saw accessory known as a Powertwist link belt. This belt is made up of woven urethane links, which can be easily installed on your table saw to replace the old V-belt.
Unlike a v-belt, it does not warp or stiffen if you don’t use the table saw for a long time. It even helps to absorb some of the vibrations produced by the saw, which ultimately helps the table saw run smoothly and quietly.
13. Zero clearance insert
A zero clearance insert is one of the first table saw accessories you need to buy before you start using your table saw. Some new table saws come with zero clearance inserts, but if yours does not come with one, hurry and buy one else you’ll be cursing yourself when you finally discover what you’ve been missing.
The throat plate that comes with new table saws have wide clearances or slots for the blade. This is not good because a wide slot allows pieces of wood to go in between the blade and the slot which may cause the blade to pinch the wood, which in turn can also cause a kickback as well.
Apart from that, a zero clearance insert improves the dust collection of the table saw, by preventing dust or other chunks of wood from going in between the blade.
So, having a zero clearance insert is not something you need to debate. It’s a must have table saw accessory. You can make one by yourself, or you can buy an already made aftermarket zero clearance insert.
14. Table saw mobile base
Depending on the type of your table saw and the size of your shop, and the type of project you’re working on, you might need to move your saw around quite a bit.
For instance, if your woodwork shop is small, you might not want the table saw right there all the time. You might only need it when you have to rip some wood. After that, you might need to move it out of the way.
A mobile table saw base allows you to move your saw freely. You can buy a mobile base for any kind of table saw. Whether you have a benchtop or jobsite table saw, a contractor saw or even a cabinet table saw, you’ll always find a mobile base fit for it.
So, unless you have a really big shop and you’re comfortable keeping your table saw in one particular position, a mobile base is one of the table saw accessories you need for the obvious reasons I stated above.
15. Dado blade or Dado set
Apart from ripping wood and making bevel cuts, cutting grooves or dadoes for making joints is one more thing you can do with your table saw when you have a dado blade.
A stacked dado blade can be set and adjusted to cut any width or size of groove you desire. So, keep that in mind when you buy a new table, and know that you can accomplish a lot with a dado blade in your stack of table saw accessories.
16. Wixey digital angle guage
Setting angles for making bevel cuts can be a pain in the behind sometimes. But that was before. With the Wixey digital angle gauge, all you have to do is attached the angle guage to the blade by means of the magnetic base, and you can set the bevel angle up to the tenth of a degree.
If you find it difficult setting bevel angles with your table saw, then the Wixey digital angle gauge is a must have table saw accessory for you.
Table Saw Safety accessories
If you’re not careful why using a table saw, you could easily lose your fingers or sustain other fatal injury, because the table saw blade spins very fast and it’s unforgiving.
So, not only do you need to be careful, you also need to ensure that you use all the necessary table saw safety accessories to ensure you work safely while using the table saw.
Some of these safety accessories have already been listed above such as:
A safety push block like the GRR-RIPPER 3D push block
A safety power switch for quickly turning off the table saw in case of an emergency
Table saw feather boards which helps hold your stock against the table saw fence to protect your hands, prevent kickbacks, blade binding and bending.
A transparent blade guard. Almost every table saw comes with a blade guard. But if yours does not come with a transparent blade guard, you should get one so that you can see the blade as you make cuts on your table saw.
Riving Knife: Every table saw comes with a riving knife, so you most likely have it already. It helps prevent the table saw blade from binding with the stock as you make cuts on it.
Dewalt table saw accessories
Dewalt not only produces some of the best portable table saws, but they also produce accessories to make using them as easy as possible.
Here are some of the most useful Dewalt table saw accessories you should have if you have a portable Dewalt table saw.
Dewalt table saw stand
Dewalt produces only portable table saws, which unlike cabinet table saws require the use of a stand or a workbench to operate them conveniently.
One of the most useful accessories you can get if you have a Dewalt table saw is their table saw stand. With the stand, you’ll be able to operate your saw conveniently at the height you’re comfortable with.
Dewalt table saw stands are tough but also lightweight, making it easy to carry them when you have to.
This DW7440RS and DWE74911 Dewalt table saw stands below are foldable and come with wheels and handles which make it easy to move or roll the table saw and stand along with you.
You can also fold them down and load them into your truck along with the table saw once you’re done working for the day.
Dewalt dado throatplate portable table saw accessory
If you want to make dado cuts with your Dewalt portable table saw, you need the daddo blade and the daddo insert or throatplate.
Your normal zero clearance insert will not work with a dado blade. So, you need to get a dado throatplate like the one above.
Ridgid table saw accessories
If you have a Ridgid table saw, most of the accessories already mentioned above will work for you.
Accessories such as the Roesseau table saw stand, the feather board, Kregs precision miter gauge and other ones above will definitely work for your table saw. If you want to make dado cuts, all you have to do is get a Ridgid daddo insert to replace the one on your saw.