|Project by tyvekboy||posted 02-15-2012 08:11 PM||9756 views||92 times favorited||31 comments|
Feb 16, 2012
I know several of you have built one of these and Iʻve been wanting to do the same to make using my table saw safer. I found the article that appeared in Woodworkers Journal Jan-Feb 2009 and used it as a guide. Of course Iʻve made modifications.
Most of the white surfaces that you see are 3/4 inch high density MDF that has melamine on one side.
I started by making the extension a little deeper than the article dimensions using 2 pieces of the MDF glued together. I also put a hardwood bands around the MDF surfaces to protect it. I attached the extension to the back of saw by drilling thru the angle iron which is part of the Biesemeyer fence system.
I then attached a piece of 3/4 inch plywood to the back of the cabinet to a point almost touching the dust port. I then attached additional supports (not in the plans) to support this massive extension. Also not in the plans are the addition of bumper stops right above the shelf that supports the fold-up support.
This shows the support holding the outfeed table. If you zoom the pictures and look closely at the right side of the support (where the barrel bolt catches are attached) you will see that I added another piece of wood not called for in the plans. The reason that was required is because the screws supplied with these heavy-duty barrel bolts were longer than the wood I was screwing it in so I added another piece of wood ….
This is the top view of the outfeed table in position, ready for work.
This is the outfeed table in the stored position. Notice the notch on the back edge of the outfeed table? After building it, I realized that the outfeed table extended about 1 inch beyond the dust port. This would not allow me to connect my dust collection hose to the dust port with the outfeed table in the stored position. This notch was the solution to solve that problem. With a small shop, some times I need to fold the outfeed table down so do other operations.
This is a massive outfeed table and is very sturdy. It should add convience and safety to my table saw use.
UPDATE: Since posting this project, Iʻve found that in my small shop this outfeed table makes a good work surface/assembly area.
Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed. Have a great day.
PS: I found where I got the article. Go to the following link:
When you get there you will see an image of the magazine. Click on the image and the magazine will open up. Then go to the index (which is an icon on the bottom of the page) and you should see the article. Click on the article and it will take you to page 50. If you want to print out a PDF of the article, in the lower left corner of the page you will see a PRINTER icon. Click on the printer icon and choose PRINT RANGE … Print pages 50-55. Depending how you computer works, make a PDF instead of printing it out. You can also just print out a hard copy.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA