Wood Whisperer Out Feed Table #1: Inspiration, Research, and SketchUp Drawing

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 11-29-2009 06:13 AM 21383 reads 25 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I have been so focused on getting my new old Unisaw tweaked and settled in it’s new home I forgot that I need some essentials for it’s operation. I wanted to fire it up and try and cut some big slabs of birch butcher block to test its power, but I realized one thing…they are big pieces and I don’t have an out feed table! So, basically I cant cut anything bigger than 10 inches…and what fun is that? So I was browsing through the projects and came upon this project by Jayman7. He did his interpretation of an out feed table by Marc “The Wood Whisperer” Spagnuolo, who got his inspiration for his table from Norm . I liked the design allot, it was simple..all plywood and looked pretty sturdy. So…I went to Marc’s website and proceeded to watch his video of the construction of his out feed table. I also read all the comments everyone left and their was some really excellent suggestions and observations. So, I sat down and put together my version of everyone else’s version of this table! I kept the basic design and just modified the dimensions to fit what I needed for my saw. Click on the link below the image to see it full size.


I added threaded post Woodcraft double locking casters, and I also covered the entire top with a piece of 1/4” (actually all HD had was 3/16”) hardboard. I wanted to be able to roll it out and flip it long ways if I’m ripping whole sheets, and be able to support the width of a sheet for long cross cuts. I also extended the sub top and hardboard out 2” to form a lip that can extend over the back rail for my fence. This way I can but the table right against the end of the cast iron…no gaps. Jayman gave me the idea of using the hardboard and someone that commented on Marc’s project suggested a unified top due to the ends of the plywood swelling and expanding above the plywood top and causing a catch hazard….so I am going to cut the hardboard oversize and glue it downs sparingly so I can get it off if I want to change it out in the future, and then I will just cut it flush with my router and a flush trim bit. Here is a another shot of the SketchUp model. This is the exploded view scene…


I did the post mount casters so I can use a threaded insert or capture nut and jam nut to do a fine hight adjust, so I can get the table dialed in to the perfect hight. I also added a little more support under the top to prevent sagging and beef it up, because you know it’s going to be more than just an outfeed table!


In Jaymans thread, somebody asked him to do a SU model of the table for everyone to use. I volunteered to do it, and I am a man of my here it is! Click on the link below and download your own copy of my version of this out feed table. There are 11 different view tabs including complete dimensions and I even did 3D cutting diagrams! Anyone with a basic SU knowledge could easily modify the pieces to fit there unique application. Or, print out all the tabs and build one just like mine! Download the SU model here

So after I got this done it was off to Home Depot to buy some plywood. I noticed their birch ply is American made, with no scary Chinese chemicals or dead rats in it. I have tried it out on a couple shop cabinets and it seems to be OK..and at $39.00 a sheet you cant go wrong for shop fixtures. So three sheets of that and one sheet of 3/16” hard board..$139.00. Not too bad..and I will have some usable scraps. Fire up the table saw!


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#1 posted 11-29-2009 06:19 AM

Nice drawings. I need something similar.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 06:23 AM

Thanks Wayne. Feel free to download the SU drawing and build one of your own. They offer a SketchUp viewer if you just want to print out and view SU files without’s on their download site.


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#3 posted 11-29-2009 06:24 AM

Will do. Thanks.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 06:49 AM

“Never put a Wishbone where your Backbone ought to be.” You have proven that to all of us. Nice engineered design. I’m proud of you my friend. Everyone on this web site community is much more of a carpenter than I am. I am always amazed at what all of you can do with wood. All of you guys and gals are terrific in my book. Keep making wood chips. Happy Thanksgiving to all as a belated message.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 02:56 PM

Dave: Thanks for your SU rendition that should work out great for you. You will likely need cut outs for your mitre gauge, alignment might be a small issue because of the castors. Just a thought! Nice SU drawing, Where did you find the plywood material? I haven’t seen that one.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 03:07 PM

David, this will be a nice addition to your shop. You have a good design to it and I like the extra support you have added. I have found that, despite best intentions, plywood tops tend to bow if not supported. In most situations this is not a problem but on an outfeed table it needs to stay flat in order to avoid catches. And thanks for sharing the SU drawings.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 03:13 PM

You sure make that look easy !!

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 03:37 PM

Very nice. I was helping a friend pickup some furniture from a store for his new business, and noticed the store next door had a 2x/plywood display table with a plastic laminate top sitting by their dumpster. I need to head back up there today to see if it’s still there, since it was perfect for an outfeed/assembly table. If it’s not, I’ll be looking to build a table of this style.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#9 posted 11-29-2009 03:39 PM

Thanks for the comments guys!

Bruce Ya, I have considered the miter slot issue, and I might plow a few groves in the top..but I don’t really use the miter gage on my table saw much, and with a 50” fence I don’t see even making a crosscut sled, so I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it! The Maple plywood texture was from a 3D render materials website..I have a pretty extensive library of components, textures and backdrops. Can you elaborate on what problems you think i might have with alignment from the casters? I put them in for mobility and picked the threaded post style to be able to adjust them up and down..


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#10 posted 11-29-2009 05:25 PM

Dave (brad) I just thiught if you put the miter slots in you would have to get it lined up exactly each time so the tracks would line up. I like the castors they are an excellent idea. Sorry for the confusion.

Dave R thanks once again for the SU help, that works really well.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#11 posted 11-29-2009 05:38 PM

this is a sweet table to put projects together and leave them to dry after glueup nice simple sturdy job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#12 posted 11-30-2009 10:16 PM

Looks good! I built a version of this table earlier this year.

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It’s a must for cutting large sheet goods on the table saw and has been a great place to assemble projects. I like the idea of adding a replaceable hardboard top. I did that for the shop cabinets I just built and wish I had for the assembly table. Recently I’ve been thinking about adding a laminate top.

I’ve also avoided adding miter slots to it but I think I will add them soon as I am sick of pushing the table out of the way when I make wide crosscuts.

-- Jon

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#13 posted 12-01-2009 12:30 AM

Yup I need a new outfeed table as well

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#14 posted 12-01-2009 01:38 AM

Thanks Jon…That design is pretty tried and true and the more I look the more variations I see of it. It’s going together really nicely, and I cant wait to put it in place behind my saw!


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#15 posted 12-23-2010 03:17 AM

Those are some nice drawings.

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