Table saw, router, outfeed, assembly, down-draft table.

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Project by DHS posted 02-06-2017 05:06 AM 6430 views 28 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My shop was in serious need of reorganization. Tools and jigs were stored all over, I needed extra storage and shop space, and after several years of abuse my out-feed table was no longer flat. This outfeed table + cabinet solved those issues. Space is at a premium in my shop and the outfield table has a large footprint so I built the table to serve multiple functions to make the best use of the space. The outfeed tabletop is a torsion box. It is 48 inches from the front edge of the tablesaw blade to the edge of the table so that a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood remains flat until I push it past the blade. For longer or wider work pieces, I installed drawers with rollers. Since I began building french tapered rolling pins (see here), I needed another use for my wife’s old pins; they made terrific outfeed rollers.

The cabinet on the left (when facing the front of the tablesaw) holds all of my tablesaw accessories. Large table saw jigs are stored in an open cabinet at the end of the table next to a cabinet full of sand paper, glues, and finishes. A cabinet on the the opposite side of the outfeed table near the router table holds router table accessories. My spare routers are stored in adjacent shelves. I took advantage of the space between the sheets sandwiching the torsion box by adding the table extensions, wired outlets, and a downdraft table connected to my dust collection system.

So, my shop still needs a little more organization. But at least now I know where my tablesaw and router wrenches are located. Assuming I put them away the last time I used them…

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 10:36 AM

incredible! Great planning and execution!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 11:18 AM

That is really nice. You did a great job. Looks like you thought of everything there. Outstanding.

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

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#3 posted 02-06-2017 12:40 PM

You did a really nice job on this one

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#4 posted 02-06-2017 02:17 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 02-06-2017 03:55 PM

Great job, well thought out. Love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-06-2017 04:04 PM

I love the use of the rolling pins as an outfeed extension!
Nice job

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#7 posted 02-06-2017 05:12 PM

This is a fine multi purpose shop table and will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 02-06-2017 08:51 PM

Beautiful table, I especially how you used the torsion box design to set it up. Very nice and extremely useful. Outstanding job.

-- Terry, Virginia

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#9 posted 02-06-2017 10:18 PM

Very nice.

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#10 posted 02-07-2017 01:02 AM

OK, I love what you have done here. Your whole shop looks so awesome.

But I really like your Router extension table. I to have a Grizzly table saw and one of the first things that I did was to make an extension table from Plywood. However yours is really really nice. Looked it up. Grizzly T10222 – Router Extension Table for Table Saw – that baby is nice.

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#11 posted 02-07-2017 01:55 AM

The thing I like about the router extension table is that it is solid cast iron. And, the slots for the router fence double as extra miter slots for table saw jigs. The thing I do not like about it is that it is difficult to adjust the position of the router in the table. The tiny opening leaves no room for a router lift. Thanks for your comments. – David

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#12 posted 02-07-2017 03:34 AM

Wow nice set up.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 02-07-2017 06:56 AM

What I did with my setup was have it pretty much just a simple quick quarter round bit and left it at that. For anything else I have a separate shaper where it is easy to do whatever. As I get older I like crawling under things less. However, it would be nice if it were on a hinge and one could lift it up to make adjustments. I realize your setup is “Iron clad” and very sturdy. My investment was a little time and a small piece of plywood. Easy to make changes to and much lighter to lift if I did put a hinge on it. Your set up is a beautiful table saw and out feed table that cannot be beat.

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#14 posted 02-07-2017 05:37 PM

Nice work David. How long did that take to make?

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#15 posted 02-07-2017 05:47 PM

Hi Mike. I had been planning this project in my imagination for quite a while. Then I worked on it off-and-on throughout October and November. I can’t say how many hours I spent on it. The carcass went together quickly as did the torsion-box top. I spent a little more time on the doors. I had a bunch of oak leftover after completing a big oak bookcase for my wife’s office and I decided to use up those scraps on this project before I launched into Christmas gift construction in December. I finally got around to posting it last weekend. It was nice to be able to use the table when I taught a string inlay class at my shop two weeks ago. Very handy.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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