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Forum topic by MiniMe posted 02-18-2020 05:03 PM 331 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MiniMe

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02-18-2020 05:03 PM

I have two possible designs for this, both shown below
The second design required just two pipes which I can use for other purposes as well
This is also related to my project workbench featuring an adjustable height segment that can be used as outfeed from my table saw (see the second picture)


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#1 posted 02-18-2020 05:42 PM

If you have the clamps build both and see which one works best for you. The second one looks simpler to use whereas the first one seems to be more versatile.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 02-18-2020 05:45 PM

personal preference. I like the four clamp set-up.

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#3 posted 02-18-2020 05:49 PM

Inovative idea but I think the pipe clamp handles sticking out will be inconvenient at best.
I designed a similar work table that you might consider. The one improvement I haven’t made is to install a scissor jack to make raising the lowering the top easier. It has worked quite well and the interior provides much needed storage area. Attached is a Sketchup pict and a CAD drawing of it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-18-2020 06:37 PM



Inovative idea but I think the pipe clamp handles sticking out will be inconvenient at best.
I designed a similar work table that you might consider. The one improvement I haven t made is to install a scissor jack to make raising the lowering the top easier. It has worked quite well and the interior provides much needed storage area. Attached is a Sketchup pict and a CAD drawing of it.

- LesB


I considered scissor jacks too but it is an overkill in my case, this simplified design (with hinges between the verticals and the horizontal of the outfeed) allows me to handle an uneven raising of the two sides of the outfeed table
Besides that the above design is much simpler to build (the table is already done)

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MiniMe

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#5 posted 02-18-2020 06:42 PM

The two designs are not identical at all. #2 saves on clamps and clamp bars at the cost of putting a higher pressure on the structure of the table more exactly it squeezes the two pieces of 2×4 parallel with the bars of the clamps
The first design will use dedicated bars which can’t be used for anything else after this

I have 3 of the 4 clamps and I am inclined and three pipes already
I am inclined to build the first design and if not happy I will revert to the second one to see how it goes
Either way I have to drill 4 holes so that is not an issue
Second design requires you to have the table at the desired level on both sides as the tightening will affect both sides

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#6 posted 02-18-2020 09:34 PM

Version #1.

-- "Do. Or do not. There is no try". Yoda

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