Outfeed table

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Project by PeteMoss posted 01-07-2009 06:21 PM 2507 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finsihed my tablesaw outfeed table. It’s certainly nothing special, but any opportunity to practice skills and learn from mistakes is worthwile I guess.

I went for simple and cheap. The legs and aprons are 2×4’s, joined with mortise and tenons. The top is just a piece of 3/4” birch-faced plywood attached with screws through the face. Add a little stain, wipe on poly, wax, and lag bolt levelers, and that’s it.

Of course following my measure once, cut twice mode of operations, I made the dado’s the same orentation as the saw, so once spun around and aligned with the mitre slots on the saw the table edge doesn’t line up with the edge of the saw. It’s all backwards, and upside down, and inside out, or something.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#1 posted 01-07-2009 06:31 PM

looks great! I think you will find this EXTREMELY helpful.

BTW, nice granite top tablesaw…sweet

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 07:01 PM

What childress said!!! I am jealous of the granite top and saw. I was looking at it this weekend at the woodworkers show.

Nice job.

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 01:34 AM

you know you are a jealous LJ when: all I can see is the granite top saw in the picture… Oh wait, there is an outfeed table I see it now, nice job.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 01-08-2009 03:21 AM

Nice work, Pete.

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#5 posted 01-08-2009 04:36 AM

What outfeed table…

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 04:57 AM

Great “simple and cheap” design. You’ve motivated me to discard the piece of mdf sitting on two lousy 2×4 saw horses that I have been referring to as my outfeed table…

-- Jason

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#7 posted 01-08-2009 05:06 AM

Ok Pete, you are on the right track with the outfeed table. But I must be honest and say chop this one up to firewood or put it in the corner to hold parts for assembly. First the outfeed table is must with the tablesaw. From supporting long, heavy, and wide lumber to providing additional cut capacity when using a table sled. You are definately heading towards serious woodworking when purchase a saw like that (sweetttt). So don’t go cheap on the outfeed table.

First, there are alot of designs out there but build the table to your needs. Will you be sawing alot of panels such as plywood then yes you need a table with a larger footprint, but if you are going straight into furniture making then build one to support then stock you are going to most commonly cut. In a garage like mine and yours, you need all of the extra space as possible. When you finally come up with the design plan to build two of them, one to use on the outfeed side of the table and one on the infeed side of the table. Reason is it is easier to support large sheet goods when you set them on the infeed table and then push along the fence than it is to hold the plywood up and try to kepp it straight.

Second, stay away from the pine 2×4’s as they will move and warp more easily than hardwood. Go with 8/4 oak or laminate two 4/4 to achieve the desired size. If this is not feasible then laminate 3/4 plywood to make the legs. When cutting the legs to length remember to allow for the garage floor as they seldom are level. Compensate with adjustable feet that are available at the local hardware store.

Third, bridal joints have proven there worth time and time again in the strength test when it comes to framing up the table support but use any joiont you are comfortable with.

Finally, when making the top double up your plywood as this will ensure a flat surface for many seasons to come but do not glue them together as you may need to replace one in the future; instead pre-drill and screw them together. Also add a hardboard or melamine overlay as it is easier to replace them than another piece of plywood. If the panels are not perfectly the same shape Then even out all the surfaces with a pattern bit in your router. Another good pratice is also to band the plywood edges to prevent chipping and tear out after final assembly.

After it is all said and done, moor the table up to the saw, adjust for level, lock them in place and then cut the dados in the top with a router (perferable a plunge but a fixed base will do) just make sure you are using an upcut spiral bit than a flush bottom dado bit. This allows you to control the router much easier. Just use a piece of board to guide the router down the table when cutting the dado.

I hope this helps you out as I have made several attempts at out-feed tables and all of the above information is from lessons learned. Especially from the last table I built from 2×4’s. Let just say the table had warped, pinch the wood, and in haste to prevent kick back and catching the wood, off came the tip of my finger. Since then I have built a solid table and it has served me well with no deflection despite the last year of continous use.

-- When you are at a point in life and you think there is nothing more to learn, then you must understand that you have learned nothing at all. Billy

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#8 posted 01-08-2009 05:02 PM

Thanks guys. The saw has been nice so far. I am hopeful that I will never feel the need to upgrade.

Thanks for the info SeniorChief. Sadly, it is time to get to work on my wife’s coffee table before I get in trouble. So, I won’t be making any firewood out of this one just yet, though at some point I was already thinking about replacing it with one I saw in a magazine article that had built in storage, etc.

I do think I should have added a strecher (I guess that’s what you call it) in the middle of the table, to support the center more, that or like you said have doubled up the plywood top. I did consider putting some edge banding on the top, but then I decided that it would be simpler to just replace the top if I ever needed to. I kind of figue it is going to take a beating anyway. I know it will be used for a good bit of layout and assembly type work as it is the largest and most accessible tabletop in the shop now (excluding the tablesaw maybe).

Do you have any pictures of your infeed and outfeed tables that you ended up going with that you could post? I would like to see how you locked the saw and table together plus glean any tips that I can in case I get the time to do it over again.


-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#9 posted 01-12-2009 09:17 PM

If you do decide to revise this: make your table attach to your rear tablesaw fence, and allow yourself some method of adjustment. That way you can always bring it back into alignment.

Mine doesn’t even stand on the floor at all, The whole thing just attaches to the back of the saw.

It doesn’t support huge amounts of weight, but I didn’t add it to do that, just to keep longer boards from dropping onto the floor. =)

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