Five years later, Workshop Remodel. Going from pretty to functional #9: The Assembly/Outfeed Table

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 04-23-2014 01:53 AM 3010 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been using the assembly table in the shop for a little while now. I made the murphy bed and a couple other items and it came in handy. I like it.

Please realize that my idea of an outfeed table as a combo assembly/outfeed table is a preference of mine and not necessarily of others. I downgraded from a woodworking bench with vices and such to this after I found that I needed outfeed and assembly capabilities more than a workbench. I use a combination of hand and power tools. I use power tools a lot though and sometimes need to plane, scrape, and route on a bench.

In case the video doesn’t work for you,here's the link.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 02:02 AM

Working places are a requirement. I’m currently using a mini portable workbench. It’s shorter so that I can work on it while sitting on a stool.

it was made with a leftover piece of my bowling alley. I use hold downs and a veritas clamp to a bench dog if I need to hold something down.

The portable is somewhat a very loose term. The top way weigh 100 lbs but it is all able to be disassembled.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 02:25 AM

Nice set up. Always a work in progress.

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 05:38 AM

Nice job, Craftsman. that out feed table is pretty handy. and the use as a assembly table too.

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 12:44 PM

Nice job there, you have certainly maximized the available space in your multi-functional unit.
I have limited space in my shop and any pointers are useful.
Once again, well done.

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 03:25 PM

enjoyed the video and seeing what you have going in your shop, some good ideas too, thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 11:52 PM

Love the idea of having power to your table supplied by an extension cord. Been wrestling with how to supply power to a mobile assembly table without a permanent setup and it looks like you have solved that problem. Hope you don’t mind but I will be borrowing your idea.

-- Tom T, upstate NY

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 12:07 AM

Everything is probably borrowed form someone else one way or another whether we realize it or not. Glad I did something someone can use!

If you buy one of those big round plugs made for machinery (from HD or Lowes), you can cut a hole and file it so that it barely fits in and it will stay snugly. It’s mounted (inside the table) in a whole drilled in a small piece of 2×4. I made a round doughnut for the outside so that if the prongs were to brush against anything when I move the table around the plug won’t break.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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