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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 06-04-2014 02:36 PM 3415 views 2 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2014 02:36 PM

I was wondering if anyone has made a workbench the same height as a table saw and used it for both a bench and an outfeed table. I dont have room to build a stand alone outfeed table and would like to option to attach the outfeed table to the TS then disconnect it for storage purposes. Thanks!

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 02:46 PM

I will tell you what I use- an old drawing table that artists used to use before everything went digital. I can move it around the shop and use it for a multitude of things and it can raise and lower in addition to tilting. It really works great for me.

-- Ryan, Cincinnati, OH

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#2 posted 06-04-2014 02:52 PM

I built a rolling cabinet that I can double as an outfeed table …
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It works pretty well … the one thing it lacks (for obvious reasons) is a set of grooves that match the miter tracks on the saw.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 06-04-2014 03:38 PM

My outfeed table is attached to my saw, but my workbench is just below it in height so it works as an extended outfeed surface.

When I get my sawstop, I’m building a workbench/outfeed table for it. The only disadvantage to a workbench that doubles as an outfeed table is that it needs to be cleared off when you need to use the table saw.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 06-04-2014 03:56 PM

Here’s an outfeed table/workbench with storage that is also portable. I chose to have the height of this unit about 7/16” below the height of the table saw top thus eliminating the need for miter slots. No issues and works well for me at this height.

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#5 posted 06-04-2014 04:53 PM

I have a similar setup as kdc68. My workbench is on casters and sits 1-1/4” lower than my table saw. If I need an out-feed table I wheel it behind the saw and put a 3/4” sheet on the workbench along with a 1/2” sheet on top of that.

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#6 posted 06-05-2014 01:28 AM

KDC- that’s a spiffy looking setup you have there. I would have no use for the drawers but I like the top design. Is that malamine? Also I really like those faster wheels, mind sharing where you bought those? Thanks

-- Andrew, California

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#7 posted 06-05-2014 01:36 AM

Andrew...the top is made up of 3 layers of 3/4” MDF and I have HPL (high pressure laminate) on both the top side and the underside. The wheels are Workbench Castors from Peachtree Woodworking. If you click on the attachment in post #4, it will take you to my project. I have details on everything there. But if you have more questions just let me know, I’d be happy to help

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 06-05-2014 04:02 AM

Yes, I have – workbench works fine as outfeed table. Using portable table saw on locking casters stand. I went with 35” high.

Considering a small workshop may have a router table and/or assembly table/cart and/or miter saw stand and/or planer stand and/or workbench and/or drill press/stand and/or other rolling cart, it seems totally inefficient IMO that one would add an outfeed table to the space.

Now, adding a good 2-channel 100+W stereo amp with aux cable and medium to big speakers (for adequate ‘soundstage’ depth) would also be efficient – for your audio enjoyment.

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#9 posted 06-05-2014 04:42 AM

Sounds awesome. The dust would never settle on my shop if I had that setup.

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#10 posted 06-06-2014 02:37 AM

Sure have. I’m a big fan of multi use to make the most of my space. My table is a a top with vices and the legs were made out of 2×6” and I used a forstner bit to put holes in the bottom. I inserted adjustable leg bolts in so I could adjust the height. I match that to the height of my table saw so it is just below the height of the TS top. Works great.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#11 posted 06-06-2014 02:58 AM

Everything in my one car garage is on casters or mobile bases except for the outfeed table/work bench.

Here are links to my stuff. Maybe you will find some inspiration.
Good luck.

New work bench

Mobile workstation

Adjustable height work table/router table

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 06-06-2014 03:13 AM

That is pretty darn handy alright

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

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#13 posted 06-06-2014 03:19 AM

Here’s mine and the video where I show more of it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#14 posted 06-06-2014 12:01 PM

Mike, the mobile workstation is pretty cool. I like the top configuration.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#15 posted 01-27-2015 12:08 AM

I too am in a double car garage for my shop and have limited space. I have a 4’x8’ work table that sits directly behind my TS and is used as an outfeed table when needed. It is about 3/4” below the level of my TS so a sled or miter will move straight onto the table without the sled’s runners getting hung up.
I love the setup. In a small space, it makes great use of the available space.
It sits with the 4’ side next to the TS, so the long side gives me a good workspace.
Mine is free standing and is not attached to the TS so if I need to move my TS sideways or backwards, I just loosen a couple of locking casters and move the saw.
(Edit). Hmmm…I just saw the date of your post. I guess I’m a little late. Hope you got things figured out.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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