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Project by cso posted 08-14-2011 02:52 AM 4320 views 35 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this following the Wood magazine plans by Jeff Norris. I modified things a bit since the table is a bit wider than the Jet saw in the example used in the article. The top is 2 layers of 3/4MDF and covered with the basic in-stock black laminate from HD. The shiny black laminate Sawstop uses is special order and is twice the price. I have some superficial scratches on the shiny stuff so I decided to save my money and go with the matte finish which was in the store. The biggest problem I had to overcome was the support for the top in the front section as it is quite a span. I used lots of reinforcement and ended up with about a sixteenth of an inch sag in the middle. The back rail bracket supports it a little when in the outfeed position so it works fine. Makes life a lot easier when ripping long boards and cutting plywood! Plus, it gives me another table to use for assembly.





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Dave

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 03:05 AM

That’s a really nice outfeed table – great craftsmanship, too!

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GlenGuarino

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 03:30 AM

Nice job- It must be a real pleasure to use in all modes.

All the best

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Manitario

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 04:55 AM

looks really good. Solid and will free up some of the space in your shop.

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 07:36 AM

I kinda like the idea. Could you please tell me how it works. Do you just slide it over the TS and use the TS to support the table? Or is there a mechanism that raises the height of the table so can slide it over the TS? Will you cut a miter track on the table?

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SchottFamily

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 08:45 AM

Very nice looking! When the wheels are up, does it sit lower than the TS? I ask because I’d like to do the same sort of thing, but my saw (which certainly isn’t as nice as yours) would be useless without my crosscut sled. Without the dados for the miter slots on the outfeed table, it wouldn’t work very well.

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David Grimes

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 11:11 AM

Very nice. Mine has laminate top as well. You’ll like that just fine.

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cso

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#7 posted 08-14-2011 01:12 PM

blackivory68-The wheels are attached to a block of laminated oak which has a 1/2 galvanized pipe running through the middle of it. To get the “tunnel” through the oak for the pipe I dadoed the center of each oak piece before gluing them up together. You end up with a square channel to run the pipe through. At one end a lever is attached and the lever puts the wheels either on the floor or in the up position where the table the rests on the leveling bolts (outfeed position). The wheels are the double locking type so the table won’t move when you place it over the table saw. When it is over the table saw, it doesn’t rest on it. The supports underneath are about a 1/4 inch above the surface of the tablesaw. In response to SchottFamily as well, I have used my miter gauge several times and have never needed to go that far to make a cut. I use the smaller Incra, so maybe it is shorter than normal. If I feel I need to cut the slots I always can in the future. The table in the outfeed position sits just a hair (I haven’t measured it) lower. I just the the wood to be able to move freely across. I hope this answers your questions. The plans are online somewhere along with the video. The video shows how the wheel mechanism works.

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jim C

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#8 posted 08-14-2011 02:18 PM

I made one a couple years back.
the pics show the way it raises and lowers.
A great idea, as it’s my main assembly table.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24461

Great build CSO

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Lance

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 07:42 PM

That’s one awesome out feed table! We’d love to see your whole shop, when you get some time take some pics and upload them to your workshop.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#10 posted 08-14-2011 11:56 PM

Very nice!!!! You just helped me solve my space problem.

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DamnYankee

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#11 posted 08-19-2011 04:45 AM

I have those plans on my “maybe project list”

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cso

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#12 posted 09-04-2011 08:55 PM

Thanks for all the great compliments. After about a month of using it, it is holding up well. It is heavy to move around, but it is solid. Great for glue ups since the glue just scrapes right off.

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dubsaloon

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#13 posted 10-05-2011 11:50 AM

I think you have under sold this, it is also a saw cover. nice project I plan to copy.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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