Outfeed table

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Project by masterwacker posted 04-13-2014 02:28 AM 3437 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, just like everyone else I needed an outfeed table for my table saw. I spent a lot of time looking at a lot of them on Lumberjocks and all over the internet. I needed to be able to fold it down when I put the saw up against the wall so it had to be folding. I really liked the idea of the dovetail support leg, but my outfeed table was going to be big and I didn’t think it would hold so I opted for removable legs. Borrowing some ideas and a conglomeration of plans I got cracking.
The block that got fastened to the table saw is a 5 planks of rough red oak I dimensioned (practice for upcoming dining room table), laminated together, and then further dimensioned to final size. The table itself is 2 sheets of 3/4” MDF (30” x 60”) I laminated together and then faced both sides with white formica. Due to the “oversize” of the table I decided to double edge the table with red oak boards incorporating the hinge into the side boards like a lot of plans out there are doing. I went a step further to ensure so issues happened due to the weight and drilled multiple 1/2” holes with a forstner bit, put some glue in the holes, and drove in 1/2’ poplar dowels. After the glue was dry I cut the ends of the dowels off and sanded flush. They make me fell more confident in the edging, plus they look cool too.
I wanted the legs to be removable when not needed so I made some pocket leg holders that are very tight around the legs. The fun thing here was I had already skinned the MDF with formica and screws don’t do that well with MDF. So I used the dowel idea again and drilled 1/2” holes at several opposing angles through the pocket leg holder plates into the MDF. Put some more glue in the holes and drove in some more dowels. The sides of the pocket leg holder up against the edging is glued. I can then slide the legs in the pockets and be good to go. I have since routed the miter slots the entire width of the table so I can continue to use my dimensioning sled I made for long rough cut lumber. Not sure what I did with that picture or the one of the legs??? The legs do have a height adjustable pad at the bottom so ensure the outfeed table is co-planar to the saw. I can now cut a full sheet of plywood in half with less issues and ripping long pieces is a breeze. side note If anyone was bored enough to do the math—the MDF is 30” deep and the edging is 1-1/2” deep at the front and the back for a total depth of 33” plus the additional hinge length of 2” equaling 35” and that is more than most saws sit off the ground. My table saw sits 32-1/2” off the ground now which is normal and would be a problem. However I did this on purpose as I just received my steel order so I can build a new mobile base that will sit the saw up higher to be more comfortable as I am 6”3”. I am looking forward to building this and will post up the build when I am done.

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 05:50 AM

This turned out great nice work.


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#2 posted 04-13-2014 12:33 PM

As already stated, nice work. Very clean and functional. However, it is entirely too clean. You need to make some sawdust and spread it on the table for a proper look. Enjoy.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 02:12 PM

This will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-13-2014 11:09 PM

I look forward to seeing the mobile base! I did a blog on mine if you want to check it out…:)

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 12:01 AM

pneufab, I am in the same predicament with my garage/shop in that I do woodworking, metal fab, and wiring harnesses. Thanks for the heads up on your build it gave me a couple ideas.

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#6 posted 04-14-2014 12:12 AM

Thanks for all the comments everyone. Greatly appreciated.

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 03:40 PM

Super job.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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