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Blog entry by Hopdevil posted 1252 days ago 1393 reads 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are some fabulous examples of outfeed tables on this site and others. Most of them rely on legs or wheels for support. My problem is that my garage floor is VERY uneven. Since I move my saw around a lot, I would have to spend a lot of time leveling it to compensate. I wanted to come up with something that I wouldn’t have to keep adjusting. I decided to create one that is suspended from the rail of the fence support. Here is the saw before starting.

I created some supports from 2 pieces of 1/2 inch plywood. I glued them together and used the band saw to cut the notches. I used 2 – 1 inch rare earth magnets on each one. These hold the supports tightly against the saw base.

I then created some cross pieces for support. They were notched in both the main support and the cross pieces.

I then glued the top of the cross pieces making sure not to get any on the main supports. I wanted them attached to the top so that it could move up and down in the notches. I used 3/4 inch setscrews to level the top as seen below.

I then routed out channels to match those on the table saw top.

Here is the final product. It works great. Glad I finally got around to doing it.

Thanks for looking.

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woodworkerscott

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#1 posted 1252 days ago

Very nice. I have seen this idea before awhile back in a magazine , although you have structure and design improvements that are a lot better.
I have the same problem with the uneven garage floor and such. This is a great solution you have shared and I am going to do this as well. Thanks so much for posting. On the the gotta-do list for sure.

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jim C

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#2 posted 1252 days ago

Great looking outfeed.
How tough is it to remove with the resistance of the magnets?

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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nobuckle

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#3 posted 1252 days ago

That’s a clever idea. I like the simplicity of the design. It’s always the simple ideas that solve the most complex problems.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Hopdevil

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#4 posted 1252 days ago

Thanks folks!
@Jim C – not hard at all, because I just use the corner of the saw as a fulcrum and push the support in towards the saw. Pops right off.

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MikeGCNY

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#5 posted 1252 days ago

Great idea. I built one for my contractor saw that is permanently attached and uses the base of the saw for additional support. I kick myself for not making it easier to remove every time in try to remove it.

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rogerw

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#6 posted 1251 days ago

i work in the garage and mobility is the issue in my shop. i like the concept of your design

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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tedth66

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#7 posted 1251 days ago

That’s what I love about this site; many of us share the same challenges in our shop and handle it in different yet very effective ways.

I chose the flip-down outfeed table for my rolling tablesaw cabinet and designed an auto-locking support leg that requires no adjustment ~ lift and go is all it takes. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/43954

I really like the rare magnets idea and how light your table looks. How long is the your table?

-- Ted

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Hopdevil

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#8 posted 1250 days ago

Thanks again all,
@Ted
Your outfeed table is sweet!
Mine is 24 * 28. After using it for a couple of days, I love the feeling of safety and comfort it gives me.

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bigike

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#9 posted 1250 days ago

nice work, the sled looks great too I like how you fit the kreg stop to it.

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tedth66

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#10 posted 1249 days ago

Thanks Hopdevil,
I always intended to build an outfeed table but kept putting it off and settled for the darn roller stand. Now that I have it, I kick myself for not building it sooner. I agree with the ‘safety and comfort’ that it brings.

Once again, nice work on your awesome outfeed table. I love new ideas that people bring to the table.

-- Ted

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