Pride & Joy - Table Saw Outfeed/Workbench

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Project by SWM posted 03-20-2012 06:01 AM 12751 views 14 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so this has turned out to be a bit of a hodge podge project. I hope I don’t lose anyone trying to lay this one out.

The beginning: I built the table saw workbench/extension a year or two ago. It was great, but it was just too wide in my narrow shop. After much soul searching I caved in and began entertaining ideas to tweak the setup. You can view the original post here: I can honestly say that there is not a day in the shop that I do not appreciate the usefullness of the workbench and it’s many majestic clamping powers…..This project was a hold over until my skills, time, and $$ can align to build my first traditional work bench.

There was actually two of the pine outfeed tables pictures. These where situated squared behind the saw for a nice outfeed worksurface. No complains with that setup except I could barely walk around the saw with almost nothing on either side. In the mean time I hatched a plan to completely overhaul the whole setup including Dust Collection and electrical…..

The middle: 14 months of drawing diagrams in Excel and rolling the 84” wide saw around my 12 foot wide shop…

The end: Finally, a vision! The extension table would make a perfect outfeed table! This would allow me to maximize floor space within the shop and work on all 3 sides of the workbench. Alas, a new extension table was built. Double layered 3/4” MDF with 1” solid red oak trim and black laminate top. I hope to one day customize a few drawers underneath the right side extension table and workbench, but at this point I’m all for getting back to making a few projects.

Dust Collection: I’ll post a full project on the dust collection adventures, but It’s notable to point out the dust collection the table saw works great. On the topside, I installed the shark guard from leeway workshop. A 5” DC line straight to the top and 5” line coming out the back work to perfection, especially after I spent a few minutes insulating and sealing up the table saw cabinet.

Hard to believe this was but an excel drawing this time last year.

I ripped down a few sheets of plywood last weekend and I must say that it almost brought a tear to my eye when I crosscut a full 4×8’ sheet.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 10:18 AM

Very nicely built outfeed and workbench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Gabe C.

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 11:57 AM

These are some great projects! Looks like a mice shop space. I think one of my favorite things about woodworking is the ability we have to make whatever we need to improve our surroundings. (But I guess it then becomes an unending project…)

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 01:23 PM

Very nice build’s and setup. That outfeed table is awesome, I can tell it is going to be a priceless addition, thanks for posting

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 01:25 PM

thats a sweet set up. very nice.

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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Craig Havran

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 06:15 PM

can i have it? since i don’t have a table saw, i’ll need that too. thanks!!

very nice setup

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 07:03 PM


A so pretty shop with a lot of beautiful tools

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 10:06 PM

That is one sha-weet setup!

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 03-21-2012 01:17 AM

Whole Lotta Love, nice and comfortable looking shop well done enjoy …BC

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#9 posted 03-21-2012 01:25 AM

Great title…enjoy the awesome setup

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#10 posted 03-21-2012 01:55 AM

cool outfeed table – except that you won’t be able to use your mitre gauge….

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#11 posted 03-21-2012 12:25 PM

Very nice fit and finish.
Great looking Shop.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#12 posted 03-21-2012 10:25 PM

Thanks for the nice comments guys. I can’t tell you how excited I was the first time that I realized I finally had this thing put together and functional. I spent several years fighting the 50 lb aluminum contractor saw sold by craftsman. After I nearly pushed it over one day ripping a piece of 3/4 to width; I’ve spent the last several years working towards bigger, heavier, safer.

Buche – good observation on the miter slot. I actually recessed the bolts holding the outfeed workbench to accomodate a miter slot. I wanted to work with the saw a while to make sure that the placement would be final. Hopefully, that will get done in a few weeks….

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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