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11-30-2018 06:35 PM

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OK! I am in the process of designing a new outfeed/assembly table. I have a question for all you LJs out there that have outfeed tables.

Do you prefer the table to be the height of the table saw with miter slots cut in the top, or.

Table height just lower (approx. 1/2”) than the height of the table saw with no miter slots.

Help me make up my mind. I don’t have a problem with cutting the miter slots but think it would be simpler to not have to do them.


-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 09:02 PM

Must be outfeed, assembly, workbench project month!
I am in the midst of the same.
I will be doing outfeed table height 1/8” (to be determined…have to take into account expansion since using douglas fir 4×6 legs and such) lower than table saw height with miter slot cut outs.
While 1/2” does not seem to matter, consider when ripping hardwood that will not droop much. That 1/2” would be rather noticeable when it comes to handling and pushing through the saw blade.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 09:04 PM

Hey Wizard,

I think it really is a matter of preference. I built my outfeed table level with my table saw, and routed the miter slots in it. I like having that smooth transition from table saw to outfeed.

Good luck with your build

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 09:44 PM

Router slots for sled just in case so you might as well take 10 mins now and cut them and same height (1/8” is probably ok too) to eliminate long pieces dropping down and lifting the part still in the blade.


-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 02:33 AM

John, I am inclined to also recommend that you rout miter slots. If you do, remember to account for the washer (if that’s what it is called) thingy at the bottom of the miter gauge. The first time I routed mine, I did them at 3/4” only to have widen them for that thing.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 05-02-2019 03:42 PM

I built my table saw into an outfeed table so I have the miter slots. You can see it here:

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#6 posted 05-02-2019 03:49 PM

I made mine with miter slots, but I also put adjustable feet on it so it could easily be lowered. Therefore, it could be changed so the miter gauge passes above the table.
Pictures are here:

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