Report Table sort by column now showing

I need to have better control over the sorting of a table that is being generated by a report. In order to do this I was thinking of making a "Sort #" column to give me control over the sorting of my rows. I would like to sort by that column but then not show that column in the report. Is this possible? I know I can always manually delete that sort row afterwards, but would rather get this working on it's own as I would have to delete it manually every time I updated the table.