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Tablesaw outfeed table, spacer insert

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Project by Jimmy0x52 posted 02-28-2012 06:15 AM 4099 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Outfeed Table

This was a much-needed project for my one-man woodshop. I made this table out of a 3/4” sheet of MDF and a couple 8 foot 2×4’s. I used a kreg jig to create the square frame and screwed it to the bottom of the MDF. I attached a board to my saw using the track on the back of the rail and #10 machine bolts which had a perfect head size.

Using a forstner bit I cut clearance in the back of the board that faces the table saw so It could sit flush with the back of the saw with the #10 bolts sticking back. Added a couple utility hinges to swing it down.

Legs are simply attached with utility hinges. They’re offset of eachother by 4” so they can fold under and it stores next to the tablesaw.

I added eyelets and hooks so when the legs are in place any lateral motion or bumping from the side can’t take the leg all the way out but only knock it sideways slightly.

Spacer Insert
I added an insert to the top of my saw to complete the tabletop and remove the gap between the router attachment and the main saw plate. I layered 3/4” and 1/4” MDF to create a solid top and then used t-nuts, bolts and washers with two pieces of angle iron to attach it from below. Once it was flush with my washer ‘shims’ I was able to bolt it down. I faced the sides with some small pieces of peruvian walnut I had leftover from another project.

I dado’d a slot in the top to put a length of Incra t-track which is great because I can add jigs with 1/4” hex-head bolts. In the future I may put two perpendicular miter tracks in so I can create a real router fence – but I also might just build a router table. Undecided at the moment.

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night





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#1 posted 02-28-2012 06:38 AM

Good job that’s going to make things a lot easier.

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 09:50 AM

Well done, a nice addition to your table saw.

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

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 11:36 AM

Excellent job, and very much needed. That was one of the first things I built, trying to balance a 4×8 sheet of anything across a saw could make you want to pull your hau out.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 12:55 PM

Nice addition to the saw/shop! Anything that makes the work easier & safer makes it more enjoyable also. Great job.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-28-2012 02:43 PM

looks great! I think I will do the same for my saw.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 03:07 PM

Good job Jimmy! Do you have enough clearance at the rear to still connect for dust collection with the aux. in the lowered position?

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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Jimmy0x52

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 03:13 PM

I don’t have enough clearance to use DC with it down but I don’t envision using that saw without this up. The BT3000 has a bottom DC port too – and I have a shark guard on the way – so if I did need to use it with the table down that would provide ample dust collection.

I could also probably cut a hole in the top to run a hose thru and it wouldn’t effect the usefulness of the table. As it stands though I don’t see it as an issue. I’m turning this into as much of a cabinet saw as I can ;)

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 04:28 PM

Nice work, I need to make one of these for my shop.

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Jimmy0x52

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 07:00 PM

Sorry – I misspoke in my post – apparently there is no port in the bottom.

In any case, I’m not going to use it with the table down.

-- Jimmy, Austin, TX - Software developer by day, woodworker by night

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chopnhack

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#10 posted 02-29-2012 12:15 AM

LOL, I was wondering! I have the bt3100 still and you made me look and wonder :-) At least you have a work around in case you need to, you never know in a small shop. Happy cutting :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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