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Project by Thepps posted 01-27-2011 06:35 AM 11229 views 70 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I moved into a new house a few months ago and with it came a 2,000 square foot detached shop with 12’ ceilings. What a dream shop! I constructed this table saw outfeed table which will also double as an assembly table. I used six leveling feet to offset the sloping floor and support the heavy cabinet.
The top is about 4’ x 8’ and it’s a torsion box based off of Marc Spagnuolo’s design. It is dead flat and should always remain flat. It’s basically a 1/2” mdf sandwich.

A 1/2” mdf sheet covers the grid and over that is a replaceable 1/ 8” hardboard.

All of the drawers have full extension slides.

I also built a 12” ‘bridge’ to extend from the saw to the table. This way I didn’t have to cut miter slots into the main top and it extends the width of the table. The bridge also allows me to fine tune any height adjustment I may need from the saw to the table. The outfeed table is just slightly lower that the saw. The bridge is removable and just sits on a cleat on the side of the table and a piece of angle iron on the saw. The bridge is also a torsion box.

The entire cabinet is made out of 3/4” birch ply with tulip poplar for trim and handles.

I have moved all of my tools into the cabinet and everything is now organized and dust free.
The table is a joy to use. Just knowing that it is flat and level makes all the difference. All I have to do now is build a similar cabinet for the left side of the saw.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL





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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 06:56 AM

Great loking work table. You can never have enough work surface and storage

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Gary

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 06:59 AM

That is awesome. Looks really good. Don’t know how many times I have watched Marc’s episodes where he is building his torsion box assembly table.

-- Addition by subtraction

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twokidsnosleep

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 07:16 AM

Gorgeous table and gorgeous shop!
We need some detailed workshop photos and on your profile page

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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jpc

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 07:33 AM

very nice very nice.Big, flat, surface parked behind the saw.good job, in the build and design, i know you will get a lifetime of work and fun on top of that

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Thepps

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 07:39 AM

Thanks. I really lucked out finding this shop…and a good house to go with it. I’ll have to post some shop pics.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 08:36 AM

That is quite the catch table. You did a very nice job on it. I built one very similar but smaller. Thanks for posting.

God bBess
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Splinterman

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 09:44 AM

Now that is one heck of an out-feed table…very cool indeed.

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Todd Thomas

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 11:06 AM

that’s that’s, sniff sniff, tear in eye beautiful….....I have shop envy…bad…...well done looks great.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 12:05 PM

Not sure I like you, Ok I’m jealous is all. What a great shop and buld! Congrats to both of you. Man all that shop needs is a bed for naps….LOL great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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bigike

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 01:19 PM

very nice idea, great execution.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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blackcherry

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 02:31 PM

So the house just happen to come with a shop with 12’foot ceiling no less, a then a talented woodworker just happen to make a bid on said house and made a super sweet out feed table and so on and so on. I think every lumber jock should mail you a pinch in the mail. Super sweet table enjoy and stay safe my friend thanks for posting…BC

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ShopDogs

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 03:36 PM

Homerun!!
Truly a wonderful table. The design and execution are great. I love my big assembly table—don’t know how I ever worked without it. We all need fotos of your shop!
Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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JamesVavra

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 03:37 PM

That’s great. At first I thought, “why on earth would he cover that top in leather?” But then I took a closer look. In the thumbnails, the sap/heart wood contrast on the edges make it look like the top is covered in an ill-fitting piece of leather.

Congrats on the new workshop!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 03:45 PM

Hi Thepps;

Great looking outfeed table.

Very nicely designed and built!

A home run for sure.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Bryan Herde

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#15 posted 01-27-2011 04:00 PM

What can I say that hasn’t been said. Great work!!!

-- Bryan H

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