Outfeed Table

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Project by Tim Gates posted 01-30-2010 10:36 PM 115721 views 149 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This outfeed table came from a plan in Popular Woodworking. It is made of oak, MDF, and hardboard and mounted to saw fence rail with 2×6 pine. The beauty of this plan is that the table is held up by way of a dovetailed support so it folds down out of the way—perfect for a small shop like mine. The table prevents use of the factory blade guard so I use a splitter made out of sheet metal that I patterned after the factory guard.

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 10:49 PM

Man i love it. i also have a steel city saw.

What issue of Popular Woodworking did you get it out of.

-- where is the duct tape.....

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Tim Gates

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 11:04 PM

My mistake… The plan is in Woodworkers Journal (Feb 2009). The plan is for a Steel City saw so there was no need to even adjust any of the dimensions.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 11:07 PM

Looks really perfect, great job! I love it very much, if a woodworker is able to built the jigs and equipment for the shop with the same accuracy as he does when building furniture.
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 11:46 PM

great looking outfeed table…. looks very similar to mine, but different at the same time… cool job..

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 11:53 PM

Very nice.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 12:07 AM

Clean work.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 12:25 AM

good work, is that red oak? i have to get that book and make my vershion of this table.

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

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 12:47 AM

That is a very nice job. You’ll love having a table out there to support the put pieces. That is a sweet design!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 12:47 AM

Holy cow. I have a Steel City and definitely need an outfeed table like this. I looked it up on WWJ and it is the Feb. 2009 edition.

-- JimJ - Oakton, VA

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 12:56 AM

looks great!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#11 posted 01-31-2010 02:21 AM

I could sure use something like that. Thanks for the idea.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 01-31-2010 02:26 AM


I noticed your outfeed table in your post about your workshop earlier. This is one of the nicest I have seen and I really like the fold down capability.

Thanks for the info on the plan. I don’t subscribe to Woodworkers Journal but maybe it is available on their web site?

I have been looking at the Steel City 35618 and the copy sold at Harbor freight (probably from same factory). What model is yours?

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Tim Gates

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#13 posted 01-31-2010 03:05 AM

I appreciate all the positive comments. They are much appreciated. As to questions that have been asked:

1. The saw is a Steel City 35600.
2. The table is made of red oak finished with wiping varnish. The core of the table is two sheets of 3/4 inch MDF.

A couple of things to note: I ended up with a “deluxe” (vice “industrial”) fence on my saw. I’m not really sure what the difference is but they must have different rear fence rails so I had to improvise when mounting it to the saw. I ended up bolting angle iron to the cast iron table and then bolted the outfeed to the angle iron. No big deal but the plan shows a rear rail wide enough that the table bolts directly to it. My alternate mounting also forced me to drill two holes in the side of the cast iron table to better support the engle iron.

Second, with the two sheets of MDF, it is very heavy. I guess my saw weighs 450-500 lbs or so and it is perfectly stable with the outfeed attached. I’d be careful attaching this to a saw that was very much lighter.

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#14 posted 01-31-2010 03:07 AM

Nice outfeed! If I can figure out a way to modify it to retain use of the rear access door (Jet SuperSaw, I may try it.

-- Dave O.

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#15 posted 01-31-2010 03:33 AM

Tim, this is a nice outfeed table. A design like this is a great project for those of us with smaller shops. Yours looks really good.

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

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