Outfeed/assembly table

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Project by Deersplitter posted 01-29-2017 07:49 PM 14167 views 66 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been studying, researching and stressing over how to build this table. I knew this thing would be in my shop for the next 20-30 years. I wanted it to be dead flat, level, plenty of storage, mobile & serve as a perfect outfeed table for my table saw. I finally settled on this. It is primarily made of birch plywood with poplar trim and oak around the edge.

The top (4’X6’) is 3/4” MDF torsion box with a 6” grid. This worked extremely well except for the weight. THIS THING IS HEAVY!! It took two of us to flip the top over when I was gluing up the skins. The surface is formica. I started with 1/4” hardboard with a poly finish and good wax. However, the hardboard would absorb moisture no matter what I did. So, I could not sit cold drinks (or beer) on it without leaving a raised ring. The formica works perfectly.

I installed trailer jacks on each corner to adjust height and level. They have at least 14” of travel which makes the height adjustment match a wide range. You would think that the jacks would allow some wobble or lateral movement. They are solid as a rock. I was surprised and had a plan to stabilize them but there is no need. There are heavy duty caster wheels mounted underneath. So, when I want to move it, I drop the table down onto its wheels and I am mobile.

The large drawers have 48” 500# full extension slides. The middle are 26” 100# soft close slides. Future plans are to add my compressor on board behind the center drawers and electrical outlets all around the table. I will also plumb air supply quick connects on the front and sides.

I tend to overkill on most projects but I am very happy overall with this design.

-- Shawn, Houston Texas

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 08:03 PM

Very nice table. I’m thinking I will be stealing that trailer jack idea. One of these days I’m going to have to upgrade my outfeed table to something with all that nice organized storage.

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 08:03 PM

Great table. I love the jacks for legs. Bravo.

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 08:34 PM

Great project, man. Wish I had room for something like this.

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 08:50 PM

This is one of the nicest outfeed tables that I have seen. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 09:21 PM

That is really cool ! Great Job ! Hope you and your family enjoy that for many years to come.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 09:29 PM

Thanks guys. I do suggest that you dont take the cheap route on the jacks. I am afraid they may have the lateral movement I was worried about. Regardless, the lift is right at 1/8” per crank. Possibly slightly less.

-- Shawn, Houston Texas

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#7 posted 01-29-2017 09:48 PM

Excellent build, looks well though out. Nice organization with the drawers. The jack idea is very creative.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 01-30-2017 12:22 AM

Awesome build! I’ve been researching different ideas for an adjustable assembly table as well. Great ideas here!

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#9 posted 01-30-2017 12:25 AM

Wonderful multi function table, congratulations on a great build.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#10 posted 01-30-2017 12:56 AM

I’m thinking I will be stealing that trailer jack idea. On something some time. However it is the way you did your draws that is the best. I did that with my tool box way back in the eighties. Time to do that for my shop.

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#11 posted 01-30-2017 01:30 AM

Very nice looking table. Love the drawer handles. Looks like it will get lots of use and be very handy.

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#12 posted 01-30-2017 04:38 AM

Wow! Now that is one nice out-feed assembly table! You made me hate my shop! LOL!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 01-30-2017 11:22 AM

Amazing. I need more space in my shop to build something like this.

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#14 posted 01-30-2017 02:38 PM

Very nice! Any information on where you got the foam for the drawer organization?

-- David, Center of Alabama, Clemson Tiger in Hostile Territory!

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#15 posted 01-30-2017 03:13 PM

Thanks David! It is called Kaizen foam. I got mine at Woodsmith. It comes in three thicknesses. I used the 7/8” and it was $14 for a 2’X4’ piece. Enough to do 2 drawers here. You can get it cheaper online.

-- Shawn, Houston Texas

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