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Posted on It's time. The need of a outfeed table has cometh. Fold down or assembly cabinet?

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BattleRidge

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 06:45 PM

I have a combination outfeed area, assembly table, workbench that it is still a work in progress, though thus far it has served it’s purposes well. The overall surface is 4’ x 8’ with a 30” x 30” section that has been lowered to serve as a workspace for my sander, portable router table and scroll saw. The top surface is located just below the height of the table saw, and an anticipated upgraded table saw once in the budget.

The top consists of two layers of 3/4” plywood (screwed, not glued) and is surrounded by an oak trim frame to keep the replaceable hardboard top in place (also secured with double sided tape). The top overhangs the base to allow for clamping around the edges.

The frame is primarily of 2”x6” construction for mass and strength (built to be stationary) and it doesn’t budge in use. One side has shelving for portable power tools and other items and the other side will be a combination of shelving storage and drawers (when I build the drawers).

The storage capacity has been a plus and whereas many items were previously located on shelving alongside a wall, having everything close at hand is much more convenient and saves a lot of unnecessary steps. My overall shop is 30’ x 40’ so the size of the table/bench wasn’t as much of a concern as having ample space to work on projects. Given that I also use my shop for a variety of other purposes, I tried to keep the overall footprint of my woodworking space relatively compact.

I presently use an extension cord for power, which will be replaced with a 1/2” steel conduit recessed into the anti-fatigue mat on the floor. For the small tools on the recessed end, I have been using a shop vac / Dust Deputy for dust collection. I am in the process of installing my dust collection system which will then be connected to the table saw via a flexible hose when needed (and possibly in the process replace the shop vac / DD combo). I would also like to add a vice or two at some point in time.



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