One of the useful additions to a table saw is a Rear Outfeed Table. In my old shop I made a folding rear outfeed table for my General 350 cabinet saw that was something like 24” deep and 48” wide. Altho it worked well, it took up a lot of space (which I had available in that shop), but it made a great assembly table.
However, in my new small, narrow, shop, I had to rethink a design suitable for the space I had available. I knew a folding design probably wouldn’t work because I didn’t have room to move the saw out from the wall and still get around behind it to fold/unfold such a design. So I opted for a fixed table design.
Since the new Delta Unifence I installed on my Model R4511 hangs out over the back of the granite saw table about 12 inches, I decided to use this space for the Rear Outfeed Table. I was willing to give away a little width space in the shop for the convenience of the outfeed table. It is surprising how useful such a narrow table can be in supporting most of the normal rip cuts I do for my projects. The saw can be rotated away from the wall for longer cuts and those that require an auxiliary outfeed stand. Also the space under this table works well for my back mounted DC duct and flex hose.
This short, simple, outfeed table is 13” deep x 20” wide and constructed of Baltic Birch plywood with a laminate top. The miter gage clearance slots extend clear to the back of the table — I have found that blind ended slots tend to collect debris and are hard to clean. You sharp-eyed folks will notice that the table tilts down slightly at the back. That was intentional and can be corrected by adjustment screws which I have not yet installed in the back mounting. So far I haven’t found the tilt to be a problem. The front edge of the outfeed table is slightly below the saw table so that pieces don’t catch coming off the saw.
The Rear Outfeed Table is bolted to the back of the saw table and is supported by a gusseted bracket. Any adjustment screws could be threaded into the spreader bar between the gussets. The spreader bar just rests against the back panel of the saw cabinet.
I know this hasn’t been a very exciting chapter in this blog, but I included it as part of the photo documentation of this project. The next section should prove to be more interesting…..........Stay tuned!
-- Paul, Auburn, WA