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Project by tyvekboy posted 02-15-2012 08:11 PM 10941 views 94 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

PICTURE 2

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.

PICTURE 3

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 ….

PICTURE 4

This is the top view of the outfeed table in position, ready for work.

PICTURE 5

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:

http://www.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issue=337285059&reft=Z&refid=6501&originid=69422724

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





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Viking

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 08:24 PM

Alex;

Great adaptation of the WWJ version. Like your idea to get additional length on the O/F end. Luckliy my dust port is on the side of my TS so I can extend mine to about an inch off the floor when folded down. My saw is alo on Mobil base so it’s about 2” taller than most tables saws. I have an assembly table behind my TS that I use for out feed but have often found I need to use TS when the table is loaded with a build. This looks like a solution to solve my problem.

Thanks for sharing. Adding to my favorites.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 10:17 PM

very nice job there

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 10:22 PM

Wow, as I was looking at your pics, I was thinking that is a beefy outfeed table, way better than the one I was thinking of making. Very nice job on that. Oh yeah, nice saw as well.

-- Pie

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DS

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 10:24 PM

This is sooo totally on my TO-DO list!

Great job!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Elizabeth

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 10:46 PM

Wow, this is fantastic. I really need to make one of these. Thanks for the pics and writeup!

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 11:07 PM

You’re being stalked, I mean favorited (if that’s a word)!

Unfortunately I have a contractor saw on a,so I will need to modify this design. I am however highly motivated by your project.

Thanks, for sharing!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 12:00 AM

Really nice I also used the wwj plan also I really like your version better Great job

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 01:38 AM

I see all these neat out feed tables and this one is very nice,,, and I have an external motor and I am limited to what or how I can build a table, have to make an offset in the table to accommodate the motor on a 45*,,one day I will have a cabinet saw,

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 02:15 AM

That’s a great build. I have the same saw and would like to make the outfeed table like yours. I looked for the magazine online but it’s out of print so I ordered the 2009 disc so I can get the plans Thanks for posting!

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#10 posted 02-16-2012 03:18 AM

Very well built.

-- Randy

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#11 posted 02-16-2012 03:24 AM

Well, that should be a great safety enhancement, wonderful job

-- Norman

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#12 posted 02-16-2012 03:53 AM

Nice out-feed table.

-- Behind every great man is his wife with rolling eyes.

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#13 posted 02-16-2012 08:51 AM

This is a really nice outfeed table design.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#14 posted 02-16-2012 08:57 AM

Great work on this, looks amazing!

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

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#15 posted 02-16-2012 09:45 AM

very nice design.thx for sharing.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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