Hacked together outfeed table

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Project by lumberjoe posted 06-25-2012 07:06 PM 1824 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is terrible, but functional. I wanted to post it anyway so I can look back and laugh some day. My shop is in a very old 2 car garage. I have done a ton of work to it already, but it is still a disaster. The previous owners left it piled to the rafters with crap. I have gotten rid of most of it, and am getting ANOTHER dumpster at the end of July. That means EVERYTHING comes out. I want to make a nice table with built in shelves and extend it out a bit in all directions, but I wouldn’t be able to get it out the door and I don’t want to take it apart. This will do for now. Half a dozen 2×4’s a sheet of hard board and a half sheet of 3/4” MDF, and about 45 minutes of my time. I sandwiched in a book shelf the hoarders had in a corner for now. It’s ugly and cobbled together, but it serves the purpose. When I make an actual outfeed table, I am going to use hardboard on the top. It’s nice and slick and easy to replace. Because this is just cobbled together, I brad nailed some sheets on the sides to control racking. I didn’t trim them because they will be used for something else later on.

Dimensions are 4’x4’ x 35” tall. Ridgid table saws are pretty high.

The hook on the back is to hang my Absurd Sled when not in use.


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#1 posted 06-25-2012 07:13 PM

It looks OK and I am sure that it does the job for now, good job.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 09:05 PM

It does the job and is surprisingly sturdy.It’s great to have the extra space in the shop, but with all the ad-hoc bracing underneath, it’s a lot of wasted space that could be used for cabinets and storage. I can’t wait to make a nice on though. More importantly, I cannot wait to have a neat and organized shop! I hate working in clutter.


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#3 posted 06-25-2012 11:30 PM

As long as it gets the job done , looks are secondary in my book : )
If it wasn’t a shop table , then you might have a real gripe , Joe ….Keep up the good work !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 11:49 PM

however we can put something together
with whatever we can find
works good

just having that surface and storage
and not fighting the saw drops
(and being safer)

is a real step up
for however long it may last

so well done joe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 06-26-2012 02:11 AM

Thanks guys. It is a good temporary solution. I can’t wait to make a nice one now.


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#6 posted 06-26-2012 07:12 AM

If it works, it don’t need replacing, 75 % of my tempoary fixes still function great today….Never had the time for the pretty stuff!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 06-26-2012 04:52 PM

My reason for replacing is only partially cosmetic. Here are the real motivating factors:
1. Drawers. I have little experience with making drawers. I have some projects upcoming that will require them. This will be really good practice
2. Once the shop is cleaned out, The table sw will be dead center. I want a lot of work area in front of it to serve as both an outfeed table, and still have enough room to assemble some stuff on.
3 – All that room under the table is simply wasted space. I have crap everywhere now. hanging on nails in the walls, cluttering benches, etc.
4 – I firmly believe this and I urge all my employees to do the same. If you are working in an environment with nice things, your results are likely to be nicer. It sounds strange, but try it. Keep your desk (or area) at work really clean. Keep your tools looking like brand new. When everything around you is aesthetically pleasing, you will likely find you want to put that extra little bit of quality in your work.

Also, for me anyway, it is easier to keep things clean if everything has a nice, neat place. Cleaning something when it is a huge mess, or there is really no GOOD place to put it is annoying and often times I just say “eh, I don’t feel like it, I’ll clean it later”. When I finally do spend a solid 8 to 10 hours cleaning and organizing, I am far more apt to put something where it belongs as soon as I am done with it rather than just lay it down somewhere it doesn’t belong


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#8 posted 06-26-2012 07:49 PM

Much nicer having 4’ of outfeed though, eh? More efficient and safer cuts, in my opinion, which is why I’ve got 4’ off the end of my saw as well. Plus, it doubles as an assembly table and adds storage. I see nothing wrong with your table.

As a suggestion, I’d like to share what I plan on using for my next work/extension table: bowling lane material and preferably the phenolic stuff, but the maple variety works nice too. Craigslist turns them up often enough and it’s generally 2.5” thick and perfect for handling the abuse our tables go thru. Looking to buy some this weekend and the guy wants $15 per linear foot.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#9 posted 06-26-2012 08:15 PM

That’s a great idea. I may look into that, however I will probably stick with the hardboard. On the real table I am making I will be banded on the edges to avoid it breaking up. I like the idea of being able to replace it easily when I get glue or finish all over it (which I will).
4 feet is definitely nice. Once I make the space, the outfeed table will be L shaped. 8 feet wide and 8 feet long to the base of the L, then another 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, for a total of 16 feet in front of the saw


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#10 posted 06-26-2012 09:40 PM

Now that’s a pic I look forward to seeing! Good luck buddy.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#11 posted 10-13-2013 02:55 AM

Damn good for “hacked together”. And useful too boot!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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