Evolution of a Shop #11: Outfeed table and bench vise

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Blog entry by Cory posted 09-13-2010 04:44 PM 12842 reads 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t really been able to do much in the shop since my 4th of July table build with my in-laws. I got some time to make some improvements over the last week or so and made some good progress. My first project was to get a good outfeed table. I cobbled together a frame out of some 2×4s with simple glue and screw construction. I took an old solid core door and cut it down for the top, edge banded in pine with some left over stain thrown on. I also put on a replaceable hardboard top. I made the side of the table that touches the TS have a considerable overhang so that my dust collection hose from my TS doesn’t get pinched. Now I’ve got a nice sized outfeed/assembly table. I also keep my Ridgid OSS and my Delta disc/belt sanders underneath. When I need them they get clamped to the table.

My next little project was to add a vice to my existing mobile work bench. I’ve had the vice for about a year and I just kept putting off installing it. I re-did the top of the workbench with my typical set up: old solid core door with replaceable hardboard top, wrapped in cherry cause it’s what I had. Finish is three coats of a boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits mix.

With the vice and dog holes I can now easily hold all kinds of workpieces. It’s already made routing, sanding, and planing a lot easier. I’m not sure how I ever did anything without it! I’m going to drill a few more dog holes and get a bench pup from Lee Valley. That should just about do it.

I also made a tool board with french cleats for over my bench and a table saw accessory cart. I’ll post those soon.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 09-13-2010 05:29 PM

Good looking tables. Very nicely done. I have a bigger catch table with storage and power hand tools. It sure makes it easier to cut sheet stock. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 05:37 PM

Nice work.

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 05:39 PM

Greetings Cory: Stellar job, as usual, on the outfeed table and woorkbench…..You can never have enough tables and benches in a shop, if you have the room…. You work is coming along nicely….Arn’t projects fun to build? Practicle and functional…..the main ingredients for a woodworking shop… Kepp up the good work. You can never have enough of anything…... lol… Now——- if you can just figure out how to get rid of the bicycles and and anything not related to ww, you’d have more room…. lol lol…..Always a pleasure to look at your posts…... Thanks…..

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#4 posted 09-16-2010 02:22 AM

I love the Masonite tops. I have tried without success to get phenolic plywood for the same type of application, but it simply cannot be found in North Carolina. A supplier in Ohio can ship by motor freight, but three sheets of 3/4” 4’ X 8’ material will cost $100 per sheet, plus another $200 for shipping. Masonite, on the other hand, can be bought for just a few dollars from my local homebuilders supply a mile from my house. YOU have made the right choice, and the difference in the coefficient of friction is likely very small and insignificant.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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