Workbench / Outfeed Table

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Project by TheChucker posted 05-03-2010 12:34 AM 25098 views 38 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a mobile workbench / outfeed table that I recently completed. The design comes from Wood Magazine I believe – there are several similar workbenches out there. I modified this one from the original plans to include a torsion box top and wheel mechanism that worked better to support the greatly increased weight of the table.

When the wheels are folded in it’s just below the table saw height and provides a good outfeed table surface that pretty slick. I covered the MDF top with some hardboard to provide a smooth, replaceable surface.

When I’m done with the table for the day it fits conveniently over my table saw for storage. Has performed great so far and is rock solid!

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 02:31 AM

on the picture number 3 what are the 2 metal “straps” ????

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 02:49 AM

Those straps are L brackets on both sides. The hinges I have holding the board with the wheels on it would drop below perpendicular with the sides placing the weight of the table on the hinges themselves and not the supporting boards. Those basically just keep the wheels board from falling too low.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 02:59 AM

Nicely done. I’ve been thinking of something similar. How did you attach the legs to the torsion box?

-- Peter, Central VA

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 03:00 AM

That’s a neat caster/wheel mechanism. Do you just lift up the end of the table and let the wheels and support boards fall into place? And similar except pull rope handle to let it back down on solid legs?

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 03:14 AM

Nice job. I really like the way it fits over your table saw when not in use. That may have just solved my hesitation about building an outfeed table and trying to squeeze something else into my garage :)

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 03:54 AM

Hey Chucker. Hope you don’t mind a couple of questions.

Is that a 4511? It looks different b/c the lower 1/3 is fully enclosed and you made your own mobile base. And the rail looks different and much wider. I’ve got a 4511 and want to build something just like this b/c I have very little room.

Would you mind sharing some dimensions and shots of the construction? You retractable caster design looks much simpler to make. I wasn’t too keen on trying the Wood Magazine design. Thanks, Jon

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 02:44 PM

Great job, like the storage idea!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 03:11 PM

psh – The legs are attached to the torsion box through some cutouts I made at each corner. Half the leg slips into the cutout and then it’s lag bolted through from the outside. That combined with the solid MDF sides makes it very sturdy.

hotbyte – Yeah, in order to make the table mobile you just pick up each side and the wheels and boards fall into place. When you want to retract the wheels, you just lift up one end and pull the cord which releases the support boards. It works out really well.

NotEnough – It is a Ridgid 4511. I didn’t like the original mobile base, so I made my own.

I also upgraded the stock fence and rails to a Biesemeyer fence system. It’s a tremendous improvement over the standard fence. I found the fence on sale for just over $200, so it was an easy sell.

I can try to post a few more pics of construction too.

-- Wherever you go, there you are.

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 04:53 PM

Nice Bench, something like this would bee good for myself. I like the wheel system. I have seen similar but they often have a large arm to put the wheels down. this seems much simpler and lees obtrusive.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 07:19 PM

Yes, please post some more pics. This will probably be the next project for me after a sheet goods rack.

I’m totally new to WW so type realllly slowly for me!

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