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Last year I decided that the folding out-feed table I had built several years ago was no longer adequate.
This outfeed table was used more as a work bench than the out-feed table I had designed it to be and was showing its age and abuse. (This photo was take about 15 years ago.)

After reading many many posts on this site I came up with a design that would work in my small shop.

I sort of got the premise from Marc Spagnuolo’s torsion top bench.

This table had to fit in a specific location when in use and when not is use. My shop shares its space with the wife’s car every night.

I only have a few construction photos (I know, I know…sorry).

Here is the torsion box laid out and the glue up started. The MDF board on the bottom was coated with two coats of paste wax to keep the glue from sticking to it.

I didn’t think to take another photo until I was almost done. The entire top is made from 1/2” MDF with a 3/16” hardboard top. The legs are 2×6 kiln dried construction grade fir that I trimmed and planned down to 1-1/2” thick. You can see in the background that I kept part of the folding table attached to the table-saw. I like it and it give me 12” of extra depth to the saw when I’m using my new OF table as an assembly table.

Here I have added the red oak trim, Bottom shelf, and the wheels. All done.

This is how I use this bench most of the time.

It’s not very fancy but it is super strong and very heavy. The top is dead flat and that’s what I was needing.

Thanks for looking

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 01-25-2020 03:43 AM

That is neat… I reckon there’s something about a torsion box… but then again I’m kinky.


... super strong and very heavy....
- fivecodys

You do realise you must put at least one drawer on it… If you took advantage of the full capacity of that bottom shelf, once stacked up, you may never move the table… and if not fully stacked, a vacant drawer storage space is opportunity lost.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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sansoo22

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#2 posted 01-25-2020 04:10 AM

I like it. And second what LDB says about a drawer. Great place for feather boards or small rip jig and push stick. All in easy reach of the saw.

Also I can’t stop looking at that out feed wing you have on the PM. That thing is awesome as well. This is one nice setup you have

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fivecodys

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#3 posted 01-25-2020 05:13 AM



I like it. And second what LDB says about a drawer. Great place for feather boards or small rip jig and push stick. All in easy reach of the saw.

Also I can t stop looking at that out feed wing you have on the PM. That thing is awesome as well. This is one nice setup you have

- sansoo22

Thanks, That wing is where the folding outfeed table hinged off of. There are supports beneath it to hold the weight of everything when the table was folded down. It was a real pain to build and attache to the saw so I just left it on. I’m glad I did.
Thank you for the nice comments.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 01-25-2020 09:42 AM

A basic fact that you can never have enough horizontal surfaces in the shop is well remedied with this, plus on wheels, it can go where you need it. A handy, helpful, safety added feature.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 01-28-2020 01:20 AM

Nice setup. I like the torsion box design. Enjoy the new addition to your shop.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 01-30-2020 09:54 PM

I’ve made something similar lately, a table for my new router CNC. I didn’t use the torsion box, I just used 2×4’s with a 3/4 inch plywood top. One 2×4 for each leg…no right angle like you did. I also got workbench wheels to move it too. I made the height the same height as my table saw in case the table doesn’t work out (I can still have a use for it). My table has 8 legs on it, I was worried about the CNC machine being heavy, and having a stiff frame to hold it. So far so good.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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fivecodys

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#7 posted 01-30-2020 10:09 PM



I ve made something similar lately, a table for my new router CNC. I didn t use the torsion box, I just used 2×4 s with a 3/4 inch plywood top. One 2×4 for each leg…no right angle like you did. I also got workbench wheels to move it too. I made the height the same height as my table saw in case the table doesn t work out (I can still have a use for it). My table has 8 legs on it, I was worried about the CNC machine being heavy, and having a stiff frame to hold it. So far so good.

- BigAl98

You gotta post pictures Al or it never happened! :)
I would like to see it.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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