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Shop Improvements #1: Tablesaw Workbench from Wood Magazine

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Project by Jim Savage posted 1548 days ago 3184 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on my shop over the last year or so, and this is the first of three projects I’m going to post.

Others have posted this same workbench. The bench has a caster system that makes it mobile, and the casters lift the bench up enough so that it rolls over my tablesaw (contractor style) for storage. So it can store out of the way with the tablesaw tucked inside it. I have a small shop, so adding some assembly and outfeed space without taking up more floor space was very appealing.

When the bench is on the floor, it is the correct height to serve as an outfeed table. The third picture shows the casters pivoted out of the way so the bench sits on the floor. There is a lever at the corner of the bench (in the picture it’s in the vertical position) that controls the position of the casters.

The corner posts are two pieces of 2×4 laminated together, so it’s pretty sturdy. It’s not a serious workbench for hand-planing or anything like that, but it’s a great assembly table and outfeed table.

You can buy the plans from Wood magazine. They call it the Tablesaw Workbench. (The plans show you how to adjust the dimensions of this bench so it fits your saw.) It’s in their special publication “Best-Ever Home Shop Ideas 2009” or you can order the plans at their website. They have a video showing how the caster system works on their website and on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZyguUCdw4s

I’ve built up a lot of leftover wood over the years, so lately I’ve committed myself to building projects out of materials I have on hand. That means that some of the wood I used does not match (for instance, this project contains both finish-grade and construction-grade plywood), but I’m pleased with how this turned out.





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Joel Wires

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#1 posted 1548 days ago

This is the next project on my list. It’s actually also in the Sept. 2007 issue of WOOD. I just got done with my mobile base for my TS and have the scraps in waiting for this.

You version looks great. I am curious about the yellow and green hangers in the 3rd photo. What are they for?

Love it. Well done.

-- Joel Wires --> http://www.wiresstudio.com

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Jim Savage

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#2 posted 1548 days ago

Joel, thanks for mentioning which issue of WOOD this is in.

Those yellow and green hangers are where I keep the tablesaw fence when the table is up on the casters and stored over the tablesaw. The other end of the fence (the end with the t-square mechanism) rests on a similar hanger on the other side of the table.

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gjd

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#3 posted 1548 days ago

Hey Jim:
Nice rendition of this table. I have seen the You Tube on this and have been toying with building this or a heavier multi-purpose outfeed table. I keep making a list of the benefits of each, and though they are really different benefits they keep on coming up about equal. I’ll work on my wood rack and delay this decision.
Thanks for posting.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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Not4Prophet

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#4 posted 1548 days ago

i really should build one of those for my shop. looks great.

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randyb

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#5 posted 1547 days ago

I want to build one of these! you did a great job, I hope you get many years of use out of it.

-- I was going for that distressed look

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Budgie

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#6 posted 1546 days ago

I like that. Thats a multiuse table.

-- Bud, Central Square, NY, http://thepostnbeam.blogspot.com/

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Wilmingtonian

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#7 posted 771 days ago

Jim,

I am considering this same plan. I want to know your feelings now after you have used it for a couple years. Is there anything you would change about the design? It looks great!

David

-- David Anderson ~ Wilmington, NC

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Jim Savage

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#8 posted 767 days ago

David, I would not change anything. If I had a bigger shop I would want something bigger, but for my setup this table works perfectly.

Thanks.

Jim

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