new outfeed table/assembly table

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I have had this project in the works since september. Due to basic work schedule and LOTS of overtime, I was lucky to get even time to enter my shop till the last week or two. The weather has been awful the last month or 2 as well…

the portable baseboard heater barely warms up enough to handle 30 degrees, much less sub zero. I don’t have any pictures of progress, just finished product.

The design of this is different, I had to figure out how to make it work, and get the table as close to the saw as possible. I have an old craftsman contractor’s saw with the back hanging motor and a back rail for my fence. While at 45 degrees The motor carriage isn’t far below the back rail and protrudes beyond the rail about 10 inches. The fence needs at least a half an inch of clearance on the backside to be able to slide freely.

The table top is 3’ deep (looking toward saw) and 4’ wide 1.75” thick. The size was decided by the area i had to put it in my shop. It is 2 layers of MDF glued together with a removable hardboard top, banded by oak screwed into place. there is a 2” overlap on the 3 working sides from the base and a 4 inch overlap on the side toward the saw. The oak was finished with Watco natural Danish Oil with 1 (soon to be a couple more) coat of spray poly. The top is currently below the level of the miter slots.

The base is best described as 2 heavy duty bookcases, with stretchers between them with some drawers between. It is constructed of SYP 2×12s that carefully selected to have have enough width and not have any pith. it is finished in Watco light walnut Danish Oil.

The “bookcases” are 7” deep, just big enough for my gallon cans and jugs of BLO, Mineral Spirits, glue and more. The bottom shelf is 2×7 the middle shelf is 1×7 i ripped from a 2x. They are dadoed and screwed and glued into the sides/legs. The upper stretcher is halflapped/ notched screwed and glued into the outer edge. the backs are 3/4” AC pine plywood.

The stretchers between the shelves are drawbored mortice and tenon. the upper stretchers are halflapped as well on the inside between the shelf stretchers. I used some MDF as a bottom shelf between shelves screwed down to a couple stretchers from front to back.

The center has one upper drawer, and a lower tray at the moment, both are 22” deep leaving enough clearance for the table saw motor. I need to go back in and put a divider between the drawer area and motor area, some of the dust i cant collect from saw has ended up in the drawer. Once i got it together i had to put in place and make sure it was WaI, so i could move on to other projects.

The upper is just plywood construction pocketholed together 3” deep with a hardboard bottom. I glued/screwed on 1/2”x 1”oak strips as slides.

The bottom is just a tray built same as upper, but mounted on a full extension 100# rated drawer slide where my new planer * has temporarily found a home. Once i get some more shop fixtures created and and find homes for other things the tray will be removed and a full bank of drawers will be installed in this area. I don’t like using the planer in the shop, it makes a hell of a mess, i prefer to take it outside and it is currently in a rather awkward place to get it out the door.

  • found a Dewalt 733 still in the box and plastic in girlfriends family members house, had been sitting there for almost 10 years. Bought it for $75… small gloat.

thats all i feel like typing but there it is, hope you like it feel free to ask any questions if you like it enough to emulate.


-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 03:57 AM

I must say that your out feed table was well thought out.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 04:11 AM

Great space saver Justin

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 04:11 AM

Lookin good man. Hope you get a little more hobby time soon.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 04:41 AM

Nice work Justin. You can get a lot out of that. Big space saver too. Congrats on the gloat and some shop time.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 06:16 AM

Great looking outfeed/assembly table with edge banding.

I built something very similar to go off of my older Craftsman table saw a few years back. I bought these and it really added a new dimension to what I could do with the assembly table. Nice to be able to roll it around and get 360 degrees to it to build something. Ya, they are twenty bucks each but they will lift 400 pounds easily and you can drop the table on a dime.

Again, nice build with lots of little add-ons…....................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 02-26-2014 06:46 AM

Thanks fellas, I am very pleased with it as is and it’s open for more improvement as time goes.

@redryder I have looked at those and may invest in them at some point. I can drag it with some effort if need be for now. I originally meant to mount it on casters, that’s one reason the bottom bookcase shelves are 2x, and it’s still possible if I take the top off and flipped it cause there is clearance below them shelves made for 3” casters. Maybe if I get a new shop built and move it over there.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#7 posted 02-26-2014 09:14 AM

Two very nice strong looking benches, they will last a very long time…Excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 02-26-2014 12:53 PM

I like the out feed table it is sturdy, practical with a lot of needed storage. I have in mind to build a new one for my saw that also incorporates storage underneath. Thanks for sharing. (If you’re Tug boating up the Tennessee River 1.5 miles above Wheeler Dan south bank stop by we will have a cup of Coffee and talk shop.}

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 02-26-2014 01:13 PM

Very nice! Assembly/outfeed tables make life a lot easier. I built a torsion box one for the craftsman table saw I used to have

Now I use mine for an assembly table only since getting a new saw.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#10 posted 02-26-2014 01:47 PM

I like the pull out for the planer. I need to build an out tfeed for the TS.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-26-2014 02:29 PM

That will be great for your shop. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 02-26-2014 06:42 PM

If you hook up a dust collector hose to a garbage can with a DIY Thein separator, you can use your planer in your shop without sending chips everywhere.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#13 posted 02-26-2014 08:14 PM

@ gawthrrw I thought about doing a torsion box assembly but thickness of the top is pushing the limits of my clearance so I opted for what I did. Hopefully it will stay stable for enough time till I get a better overall setup.

@jmartel Such dust collection is on the agenda, I am waiting on some bills and taxes to get paid then probably heading to HF to get thier dust collector. Atm I have a shop vac and dust deputy setup that is about to get some improvements. Upgrading from the 5 gal bucket to a 22 gal former grease barrel that i think is partially showing in one of also going to run some hardline with gates to a few places, tablesaw need to be permanently connected for one thing. At the moment I’m having to drag hose all around shop and it is getting annoying

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#14 posted 02-27-2014 12:34 AM

Great addition to the shop, wonderful work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 02-27-2014 03:49 AM

very nice. If the corner of the fence is any indication, I have the same table saw in my shop. I can totally relate on the challenges of building an outfeed table for it. Right now I’ve got a VERY basic one setup and am looking to rebuild this Spring. Right now it’s too damn cold in my garage shop to even both :)

-- Steve

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