|Project by NiteWalker||posted 04-24-2014 10:09 AM||2281 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
When I got my new table saw, the steel city 35951, one of the first projects I decided I needed was an outfeed table. I wanted something not too big, since my shop is pretty small, and since I don’t work with large workpieces too often.
Looking around on the web, I found a plan where the size fit me needs perfectly, but I didn’t need it to be removable. On the 35951 (and most other steel city table saws), the wings sit on top of mounting arms rather than bolting to the sides as with typical table saws. In seeing this, I figured I could use the existing bolt holes for mounting the outfeed table and eliminate the need for a leg set. That worked out perfectly. I used 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” x 1/4” aluminum angle as the mounting supports.
The outfeed table rests on the supports:
It’s attached to the supports by way of 1/4-20 hex bolts screwed into holes I tapped into the outfeed table braces. Tapping holes in wood and plywood is extremely easy and the resulting connection is extremely strong. I drilled the necessary hole (the drill bit came with the tap) and used the tap in my cordless drill at slow speed to cut the threads. It works great. Since the plywood I used is poplar core, I poured some thin CA glue in the holes to harden the threads., another trick that works great. The holes in the aluminum angle are oversize to allow for some adjustment when positioning the outfeed table.
The table surface is a sheet of 3/4” columbia purebond maple plywood with formica on top. I like this plywood because it’s lightweight since it has a poplar core, it has very few voids, and it’s not too expensive. The edges are chamfered to knock off the sharp laminate edges, and to prevent any catching when workpieces slide off the table saw surface onto the outfeed table. Slightly oversized miter slots are routed into the top.
I leveled the outfeed table surface to the table saw surface by putting fender washers between the mounting supports and braces. I have it set so the outfeed table surface is about 1/32” below the table saw surface.
To keep the table flat, I made a simple frame out of plywood, and screwed the top to it from underneath.
I’m very pleased with how this project turned out, and already it has seen a ton of use. I love that the table doesn’t need legs for support, so I get some extra storage space underneath it.
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