Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 01:39 pm
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 one 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, these accessories help you to tinker your 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 miter gauge and crosscut sled I could absolutely recommend to anyone without thinking twice about it.
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 it 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.
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 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 one machine 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 sled works with your standard miter gauge to create a perfectly balanced system for making crosscuts on your saw, 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, once 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. It’s function is to help hold your stock firmly against the fence and table top.
This helps to protect your hands, prevent binding, kickbacks, bending of blades and ultimately ensure your safety as you make cuts.
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
Upgrade your cabinet 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.
The outfeed roller system is designed so that it allows you to feed stock straight and level through the 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 saw.
It’s compatible with most 10 inch cabinet saws.
9. Precision miter gauge
The miter gauge is one table saw accessory you’ll use quite a lot when making 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 during your woodworking projects.
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 any woodworking power tool. You need to be safety conscious whether you’re experienced in using them 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 your 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 when making cuts.
Even without a blade guard, a pushblock helps you guard stock safely as you rip through it with the machine. It is one of the most important piece of table saw accessory that you absolutely must get for yourself.
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 I’ve seen.
So, in case you decide to get a 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 vibrations and making it difficult for it to run smoothly.
A good solution to this problem is to use a simple accessory known as a Powertwist link belt. This belt is made up of woven urethane links, which you can easily install by yourself to replace the old V-belt.
Unlike a v-belt, it does not warp or stiffen if you don’t use the saw for a long time. It even helps to absorb some of the vibrations produced during operation, which ultimately helps it run smoothly and quietly.
13. Zero clearance insert
A zero clearance insert is one of the first table saw accessories you need to buy. 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 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.
Apart from that, a zero clearance insert also improves the dust collection, 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 it right there in the shop 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 base allows you to move your it freely. You can buy a mobile base for any kind of table saw. Whether you have a benchtop or jobsite, a contractor 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 saw in one particular position, a mobile base is one table saw accessories you need to make it mobile and position it wherever you want to.
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 saw.
16. Wixey digital angle guage
Setting angles for making bevel cuts can be quite complicated sometimes. But that was before I learnt about these small digital angle gauges. With it, all you have to do is attached the gauge to the blade with 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 when making cuts, then this Wixey digital angle gauge is a must have table saw accessory you should go for.