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Project by W. Paul posted 01-29-2009 06:14 AM 11033 views 59 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of weeks ago somebody had posted an outfeed table. I’ve been meaning to post a picture of mine, in case somebody wants to use the idea. I found a drawing for this somewhere on the Internet, but I can’t find the site now (the drawing was not very helpful anyhow, as it was for a cabinet saw, and I have a contractor saw). It is in two sections. The shorter section permanently extends my table saw by 18 inches. The long section folds down and away most of the time, but folds up when I need it for cutting long stock. Materials are just Melamine framed by some cherry moulding I salvaged from a dumpster while they were remodeling at the office. The hinge is a piano hinge I had laying around. Nothing fancy, but it’s a solution that works very well for me.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)





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#1 posted 01-29-2009 06:31 AM

Great job thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 07:10 AM

Paul, This looks great and it is exactly what I have been looking for! I have a SC hybrid and my fence rails are about the same as yours. How did you attach the extension to the rails. Also, what are the dimensions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 01-29-2009 07:18 AM

I need one of these for my saw also. I will be checking back to see your answer to Rick…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 01-29-2009 07:25 AM

Paul,
Hey, that looks really great! I have the exact same saw and have considered the same thing. Do you have a motor clearance problem with the blade set to 45 degrees??? I seems the motor fan housing would hit.

Tom

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#5 posted 01-29-2009 11:25 AM

looks great and seems to work great.. nice job

-- making sawdust....

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W. Paul

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#6 posted 01-29-2009 01:27 PM

rickf16: the dimensions are custom for the saw. The limiting factors are these: Melamine comes in 48” width (actually, it’s 49”), and rather than eat up a whole sheet to get a table as wide as my saw, I just went with the factory width of the Melamine. The other limiter is that the length of the fold-down table can only be as long as from it’s hinge to the floor. The length of the permanently attached portion can be whatever is convenient for your shop. I made mine 12”.

Tom: I did have a little bit of an issue with the motor casing hitting the table. However, with a little careful planning on where to put the supports underneath and a cut-out from another support, I was able to eliminate the issue.

The other thing is that the typical saw will require a hole in the table to make way for the splitter assembly. However, I use a splitter that fits in the throat plate, so I didn’t need the additional hole.

I’ll replace one of the above pictures with a shot from underneath, and I’ll include a comment on construction. So check back if interested in construction details. I don’t have a picture from that angle yet to post.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#7 posted 01-29-2009 02:00 PM

Paul,

This is a nice upgrade on your saw that adds a lot of functionality to your saw. I will have to favorite this and come back to it when I upgrade my saw.

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

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#8 posted 01-29-2009 03:12 PM

Very nice, I like the concept of having little extra table length, even with it hinged down.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#9 posted 01-29-2009 04:06 PM

Delta use to make a 50-390 Outfeed Support Table Kit for the Contractor’s saws. The kit consists of brackets and a few bolts, you make your own top. Why they quit makeing the kit is beyond me. I bought one last year and I luv it, wish I would of had it when I bought the saw new in 1995. For me it works especially well because my shop is also my garage and at the end of the day I just simply lift it up and remove it, then remove the motor, and then I wheel the saws backside up against the wall.

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#10 posted 01-29-2009 06:19 PM

Thanks Paul, One more solution to my problem. I’ve been trying to come up with something for fifteen years. I’m getting close now. Mine will have to be smaller because of a lack of space. Can you tell I’m in no hurry?

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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#11 posted 01-29-2009 06:55 PM

here’s mine made it myself with the fake biesemeyer overhead guard which I made and the biesemeyer fence which I made LOL

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-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 01-30-2009 12:00 AM

Great post. Thanks for the tip. I often feel limited owning the poor man’s version of a table saw. Nice to see innovation improve shortcomings. Also, I’m jealous of your shop. What a great array of tools.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#13 posted 01-30-2009 02:12 AM

Up above, I just added a shot from underneath, to show some of the construction details. It’s attached to the saw with steel angle bolted to the saw body, with an additional support on the end. Look closely, and you can see the notch in the support to make room for the motor casing when raised to 45 degrees. Also, this shot shows I assembled it with pocket screws and a plywood frame.

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#14 posted 01-30-2009 03:44 AM

I found the drawing I used to make this. Here’s the source of the project:
http://sawsndust.com/p-outfeed.htm

Fold-Down Outfeed Table



-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#15 posted 02-05-2009 11:43 AM

Where do you get that red link belt that is attached to your table saw motor. whats it called? where do you buy it from?

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