Table saw island #7: The sliding flip up out feed extension table

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Blog entry by 559dustdesigns posted 07-08-2010 06:08 PM 17055 reads 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been looking forward to this part of the table saw island for a long time.
In fact its been in process for a month or so, but I have had the idea to build one for years.
I need to have out feed support on the table saw when ever cutting large sheet goods or long lumber.
However I don’t always need the extra table taking up space and I don’t always need the support in the same position on the back of the bench.
So here is my first sliding flip up out feed extension table, built special for my friend’s table saw island.
I first installed two 48” sections of 1/4” mini tee track in the side of the bench top. This track supports the whole table extension.
The design utilizes two small fixed casters which ride along the side of the bench below the cabinet doors and above the dust collection port.
You will notice I built small flip down doors below each set of cabinet doors.
The section of the bench with the dust port is enclosed and therefore hasn’t got a flip down door.
The casters ride on these doors that are held closed with magnetic catches.
While the table is flipped down there are four star knobs that are loosened to slide the table back and forth across the island.
When the table is in the right position for my cut, I tighten the star knobs securing the table.
Next I lift the table by grabbing the handle in the end or bottom of the extension table.
Next the right support is hinged into position using my other hand followed by the left support.
The last step is to flip the handle to the down position insuring the table is level and properly supported.
All the moving parts have magnetic catches to hold it in each of it’s positions.
I was forced to build the handle portion of the support system because of clearance issues with all interlocking parts when the table is folded up. Another feature I have included is in each hinged support I installed bench levelers that work upside down. This enables us to level the end of the bench up or down about an inch and a half.
The entire extension table was constructed from super lite Mdf with lots of holes cut away to keep the whole contraption as lite as possible.
I’d like to do a video of this table in the future to better show how easy it works.
I did my best to describe the way it works and there for have included a lot of pictures for you to see my latest addition to the table saw island.
Please let me know if I left out any information needed to understand this table and the way it works.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 06:20 PM

All I can say is WOW that came out great!

-- Jesse, Hopewell Jct., NY

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 09:19 PM

Super light MDF? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Regardless of how much it weighs, this table saw workstation is flat out awesome. I wish I had the room for it, and I wish I had a friend like you who would build it for me!

Great job start to finish.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 10:55 PM

Very nice, and very well planned and thought out, ive followed your posting on this island from the first, and every bit of it is impressive, thanks for posting

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 12:53 AM

WOW! Your engineering and working the wood really shows your skills!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 01:25 AM

Looking good buddy. Great design all the way through. I love to see ideas for great usage of storage. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 02:49 AM

I am always amazed at the things you guys come up with.
That is great.

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 02:35 PM

You did a fantastic job!

-- Mike, VT

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 06:15 AM

Elegant and well conceived.

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#9 posted 05-29-2012 03:48 PM

Very well done!

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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