I got a Ridgid 3550 table saw a few years ago off Craig’s List.
I like the saw, but I’ve wanted to do an outfeed table.
Since the saw is on rollers I couldn’t go with anything too big.
Also the saw is shoe-horned into it’s storage spot in the garage, so size was a consideration. And I wanted the fold-down to cover the motor to stop me from snagging on things rolling it in and out of the shop.
I also wanted to use just materials I already had on hand (read scraps and cutoffs.)
After eyeballing, reading the forums, and checking youtube I decided to go with a two part fold-down design.
I wanted a short piece for supporting moderate sized pieces, but with a fold-up section to provide support for longer/bigger cuts.
After looking at the way the saw was build I decided to run supports out either side of the saw.
This was actually quite handy because the cast iron top and wings provided a good alignment surface, and the saw frame had holes in it already for bolting everything on.
The angle adjustment with it’s mounting screws was the only obstacle on the right side.
The support for the short table was a couple of pieces of plywood bolted to either side of the saw frame.
The support arms were long enough that the fold-down would hang behind the saw motor.
And the short table was gapped to allow the rip fence to track without rubbing.
I rabbitted a 2×4 for support of the short extension and to put the hinges on for the fold down.
The bottom of the extension was cheap plywood and was also 3/4 inch lower than the table so I put some 3/4 inch cabinet grade plywood on top of that for a better surface. Glued and screwed with some clamps thrown in for good measure.
I also wanted the fold-down to be removeable with the idea of a larger outfeed in case I needed it.
So I dug through the door parts bin and found a couple of door hinges with removable hinge pins.
I went through several head-scratching moments trying to figure out the best way to route the extension slot for the miter fence.
In the end I ended up with a moderately sized outfeed table at zero cost that has done the job the couple of times I’ve used it. The shorter part is actually enough support for most of my sawing.
I still need to install a support leg for the fold-up part, but a roller stand works well for now.
Comments and critiques are always welcomed
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."