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Blog entry by JSN posted 01-24-2010 06:11 PM 1244 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks

I’m totally new to this site and still not quite sure where to posts news. This one is about my future outfeed table and I’ve only now finished the sketchup for it. Still have small problem with it and I’m definitely curious about your comments beore I go further.

As I explained in my intro, I’m in the process of setting up my shop and it’ll be very close to what’s shown in a FineWoodworking article by Matthew Teague titled : “Smart shop in a one-car garage”. Yep, I live smack in Mtl and don’t have the luxury of much space.

The outfeed table I modeled in Sketchup is almost identical to his. If you wish, have a look at it and tell me what you think. I’ve recently installed the Cutlist plugin and it mostly works, except for one thing. My 2 exterior side panels are not accounted for by the Cutlist plugin and I can’t find why. The components are defined just right (so it seems to me). If you can tell why, I’d be most interested. The sketchup is here.

More will follow as I tackle the other pieces.

One comment to the administrators, it would seem more logical to me if I could post this in “My projects” even if it’s not completed. The project could just have a flag that says whether it’s over or not.

Thanks in advance for any comments.

js

PS: If I should have posted this somewhere else, please let me know. I’m still learning the ropes here.



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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 07:20 PM

Welcome to LJ!

You’ve pretty much got it right, news, progress, and updates goes in blogs, questions go in the forums, and completed projects in projects. (There’s some finer points for blogs and forums, but that depends mostly on your own posting style.)

That looks like a very beefy design, but if your shop is so small, why fixed legs rather than casters/wheels of some sort? If that top is MDF as it appears to be, I’d be concerned about about it getting dinged up and would consider edge banding of some sort.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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JSN

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 07:36 PM

Hi Dave

Thanks! Works fine now. One more question though. Any idea why cutlist show the small plywood feet on the mdf sheet? They are clearly marked with the plywood material.

Thanks a lot

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JSN

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#3 posted 01-24-2010 07:41 PM

LJ

I thought about casters when I saw a few other outfeed tables on this site. But I decided height adjustability was more appealing to me. I know that, in theory, my table saw won’t be moving up and down all the time :) but I’m a rather modular guy and I like to plan for the unexpected. :) For instance, I might just decide to rest the saw on a mobile base (ok ok, I know it’s a case to your point). I can’t say I’m 100% convinced of my idea either. Will think some more about it.

As for the edge banding, I’ll see. One thing is sure, I’ll put a coat of shellac or some other varnish on top of the MDF.

Thanks for your input!

js

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Derek Lyons

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 03:23 AM

You can get casters/wheels that are adjustable (in height), which is one way of getting the best of both worlds. You can also build retractable casters.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Don Butler

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 04:51 PM

JSN,

I’d like to see the angle irons get lost and use pockethole screws to hold the shelves or shallow dadoes and glue and screws.

I would also prefer, if it was mine, to have the back sit in a rabbet in the bottom shelf rather than butt on the top of it.

Regards,

db

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JSN

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#6 posted 02-08-2010 05:23 AM

Thanks Derek.
As I let this idea sim in the back of my mind, I’m coming to think adjustable wheels might be a good idea indeed.
However, I don’t recall having ever seen those at the local hardware stores. Mind you, I could just fit regular casters on an adjustable plate.

While I’m at it, does anyone have references for online hardware stores in Canada that would be kinda like Ali baba’s cavern where you could find every imaginable piece of hardware you’re after?

js

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JSN

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#7 posted 02-08-2010 05:25 AM

Hi Don

I realize angle irons are not cute. But besides that “look” aspect, any other reason you’d prefer pockethole screws? As I said already, I’m fairly new to wood working and still have a lot to learn. Hence what might appear as silly questions.

Note that this would only be for the “fixed component”. The one shelf in the middle is meant to be adjustable so I can’t screw it.

Also, would the rabbet really give the whole structure more rigidity over the angle iron?

Thanks

js

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Don Butler

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#8 posted 02-08-2010 02:07 PM

The pockethole method is very strong. So strong that I have edge joined .75” plywood with glue and after a week I removed the screws and couldn’t break the joint with my hands.
Rabbets socket the shelves into place very positively, so wracking and load forces are controlled.

cheers!

d

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