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Blog entry by Greg Wurst posted 04-21-2008 11:00 PM 77942 reads 75 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Table Saw Mobile Workstation series Part 2: Measuring, Cutting Diagrams, and Material Lists »

Awhile back Wood Magazine had an article on building a mobile outfeed table that would fit over your table saw. Since I need all the space in my garage I can get, I went ahead and built one that would fit over my table saw to give me some much needed work space and a handy outfeed table.

Otfeed Table 1

Outfeed Table 2

I thought this was pretty spiffy and a great use of space. As I always do I look at the latest project posts on Lumberjocks looking for inspiration for my next project. Whilst browsing I came across an entry by yzf600:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6885

I thought it was a keen idea, but unfortunately I already had the outfeed table covering my saw and just bookmarked it for future use. Then a couple days later it hit me: “Why not build a mobile cabinet that would fit the footprint of my outfeed table and allow me to store it underneath as well?”

After taking some measurements and a couple days playing with Sketchup I have the following design:

Cabinet 1

The cabinet fits my table saw and has an extension wing on the left side for larger sheet goods. It also has a built-in router insert and a downdraft table for sanding.

Cabinet 2

The back has the 4” dust port for the table saw that will mount to a box under the middle of the saw. It also has 2 1/2” dust ports for the router and sanding box. I haven’t decided if I will tie them all together or just connect the vacuum to the needed port.

Cabinet 3

The left side of the cabinet is filled with drawers. The two drawers directly under the saw on each side have two shelves and the center drawer is short to allow for the dust collection box.

Cabinet 4

The right side of the cabinet is just open compartments covered by doors. The router goes in the upper left and I will build a box for the sanding table in the upper right. I will likely build some additional structures in the router cabinet to help funnel dust.

The cabinet will be largely plywood, and drawers will probably be made with 1/2” MDF. The top will be 3/4” MDF with a laminated top. The top itself will have holes drilled in it for the downdraft dust collection.

Now, I need to draw-up material requirements and cutting diagrams. Of course, I’ll probably change a thing here and there as well. If anyone has any dust collection recommendations I’m open to more suggestions.

Thanks,

Greg

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.



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#1 posted 04-21-2008 11:26 PM

Looks like a great idea. Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-21-2008 11:27 PM

Greg,

This is an interesting project. The design looks good and combining a table saw, downdraft table, a router and plenty of storage is wonderful idea.

I will be interested in following this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-21-2008 11:59 PM

Very impressive.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#4 posted 04-22-2008 01:43 AM

Very well thought out plan – Good Luck

I am curious to the height of the table to the table top- since a saw is lower than normal workbench.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#5 posted 04-22-2008 07:18 AM

Greg,
Excellent planning, sketchup looks like the next tool I need to learn. I made a cabinet also, but not as well planned out as yours. More storage is always better, and small shelves/draws are better than large as big deep draws just get filled with clutter. I would suggest you give some thought to the casters on the bottom. On my cabinet I made the carcas from 3/4 birch ply and it wasn’t stiff enough on four casters and bowed down in the middle. If you look at the pic on my workshop page you can see I added a caster in the middle; that just caused the middle to bow up and interfere with the bottom draw. In hindsight I should have used a torsion box in the middle of the bottom to stiffen it up.

Of course, everything worked perfectly when it was just a cabinet, even when it was a cabinet on wheels; it was only after I put the saw on top that the weight was too much.
Just a thought,
Robb

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#6 posted 04-22-2008 08:46 AM

This is the downside of LJs…now I want to make a table like yours. I just have to figure out how long before they don’t notice me at the Centre and how much sawdust I can hide before Jenn notices I never leave the garage :-)

A really great sketch, have you allowed room for the saw’s motor in the cabinets? I noticed in the photo the motor protrudes a fair amount from the base of the saw and didn’t notice a corresponding spot in the SU model. Mind you it is very late here so maybe its me :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 04-22-2008 02:36 PM

I do have some concern about the cabinet bowing in the middle or at the cabinet joins. The workstation is essentially 3 cabinets bolted together, and since the middle cabinet carries the brunt of the weight and is not supported by any casters I am concerned about the structure. My initial though is to use some 2x lumber for bottom bracing. I’ll have to adjust the cabinet height accordingly and/or go with smaller casters. I’ll probably redesign it again with better support and post another blog.

As for the saw, I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel so I took a table saw from the Google 3D warehouse and modified it slightly for the plan:

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/

My saw is an old Craftsman and the back of the saw is almost flush with the back of the top, so the motor should hang over and out the back.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 04-22-2008 03:21 PM

This is too small of an update for a new blog, so I’ll just post it here. Topapilot raised a good point that had bugged me about the strength of the cabinet, so I braced the bottom and went with smaller casters:

Table Saw Cabinet 5

By going with a 3” caster instead of a 4” I was able to shave 1 1/2” off the height enabling me to brace the bottom with 2×4 material. I like to rip structural 2×4’s down to 1 1/2” x 3” to square-off the normally rounded edges. I added bracing under each cabinet join as well as additional casters in the middle of the cabinet. I’m now fairly confident in the load carrying capacity of the cabinet and it’s ability to distribute weight across the bottom fairly evenly.

On a side not, this entire cabinet will likely be built without much if any glue (except the laminated top, of course). I like to use pocket screws and have been impressed with their load carrying capacity without glue. In addition, I tend to change and add things in the future so being able to unscrew parts of the cabinet makes for easier modification.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#9 posted 04-22-2008 03:39 PM

Ad far as dimensions, the cabinet was sized to fit under my outfeed table with the wheels down and to match the current height of my table saw and base. Obviously if you weren’t so constrained you could make it bigger, but in case you were wondering here are the dimensions:

Dimensions 1

Dimensions 2

In addition, once I get this thing finished and make sure the design matches the finished product, I’d be glad to make the Sketchup file as well as my cutting diagrams an piece dimension available in case you wanted to build one similar. Of course, that assumes it turns-out as well as the plan!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#10 posted 04-24-2008 02:35 AM

Thanks for the great dimensional analysis and description. I was very curious as to the height. I am concerned that 36 3/4” is a little too high for a table saw and may prohibit your ability to handle and control large sheets.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#11 posted 08-29-2008 04:40 PM

I just saw a YouTube video of the out-feed table you built. Do you still have the plans for it? I am looking to build one like that. I like how the casters lift the table up with the levers at the back of it. Is it useful as an assembly table?

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#12 posted 08-29-2008 04:51 PM

How is the motor for your table saw fit into this plan? I had noticed that you had a contractor saw verses a benchtop which is what appears in the plan.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#13 posted 08-29-2008 05:47 PM

The motor hangs-off the back of the worktable, as you can see in this picture:

Depending on your saw design you may have to make modifications.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#14 posted 08-29-2008 06:17 PM

oh ok, that looks good. Have you got the detailed plans and cut list? duh never mind. found it

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#15 posted 08-29-2008 07:16 PM

The plans are on the last blog in this series:

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/gwurst/blog/4774

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