Quick & Dirty Outfeed Table

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Project by Safetyboy posted 02-28-2008 05:55 AM 5590 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing fancy about this one – I needed an outfeed table that could double as an assembly table in my small garage shop. It also had to be quick to take down and store it against the wall when I need more space for something else. I was thinking of something with collapsible legs…

I was using a 4×4 sheet of MDF on top of some 4×4 landscaping posts (to bring it up to the right height), that sat on top of my fold-up saw-horses. The posts were warping, and the whole thing was getting wobbly.

I started out by laying the MDF on top of the sawhorses, and thought “hey, this is pretty darn sturdy, who needs collapsible legs anyway?” So, I built a ladder frame out of scrap 3/4 ply for underneath the MDF, topped it with some left-over laminate from our kitchen countertops I redid, and banded it with some 1×2 oak I had laying around. Total cost = $0!

Very portable – Lean the top against the wall, hang up the sawhorses, and I can get the car in out of the late February snows.

The whole thing is pretty darn heavy and immobile! If it does slide, I can always add something to fix it to the sawhorses, or add legs at a later date if I need them. Right now though, I can get on to making the fancy stuff!

The only problem now is, it looks so nice, I feel bad about staining or anything on the top that will mess it up!

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 06:17 AM

Nice I have to make me one of those. I know I have the materials around somewhere. Nice job.

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 06:26 AM

Out feed tables don’t have to be fancy. All it needs to do is keep the lumber mostly level while you finish the cut. I use a Costco folding table set on some blocks for mine. One day I might build something fancier, but it’s way down on my list of projects.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 09:00 AM

I am working on a similar project for my sawhorses, you just gave me a great idea. Thanks for the post!!!!

-- --Chuck

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 04:12 PM

one of the best things you can do…..very good….......I never knew how much it was needed till I made one..

you’ll love it…..

-- My dad was an electrician, but my fathers a carpenter.

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 04:31 PM

Kevin, Welcome aboard.
Looks like a great solution to a problem, I really need to come up with a solution to mine as well. Thanks for the idea.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 07:43 PM

Great idea and I already have most of it’s parts.

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2008 06:29 AM

Thanks, Kevin. I will be making one along these lines, soon. I am getting tired of cut offs fslling into the dirt or reaching—unsafely—to get the cut offs before they fall.

Thanks for the great design! I can even use those sawhorse kits and get the height just right by using different length legs!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#8 posted 05-17-2008 04:51 AM

I use an old ironing board as my outfeed table.

It is adjustable to work with the table saw, the band saw, the miter saw and the drill press.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 03-09-2009 03:01 PM

That’s a great idea that I am going to steal/borrow/use. I’ve been thinking about doing something similar for a while and this seals it. Thanks!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 05:35 AM

Thats a neat idea.

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