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My Dream Outfeed Table / Workbench

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Project by SawdustOnMyBoot posted 04-02-2013 03:18 PM 3040 views 17 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It feels so good to have a proper place to ponder current projects! My workbench/outfeed table is finished and I couldn’t be happier with it! I made most of the base from a plan I saw on ana-white.com, a simple & sturdy workbench, but I wanted to add an inspiring top. I had 2 pallets of gorgeous oak in my workshop, so I started brainstorming… I was making this workbench because I needed the storage & I also needed a long table to push stock out of my table saw. This got me excited about soon refacing my kitchen cabinets, creating the Shaker style fronts on the table saw is a project I’ve daydreamed about for a while now, so I saved up for a Magswitch featherboard for said table saw in order to cut the rails and stiles safely… long story short, my newly acquired featherboard inspired the herringbone-pattern of my tabletop! It has an easy construction to it, but took forever to put together!! Taking apart the oak palettes is a ton of work in itself since each board, which made just one piece of my top’s puzzle, has 6 nails that I had to pry and hammer out. Once apart, I cut each end of each piece at a 45 degree angle, size of which was cut to match a template board previously made from drawing a center line down the middle of the plywood top. I needed to buy a few pieces of poplar, the green complimenting the pink oak extremely well! I used some scrap plywood for the top and shelf, the bottom shelf to be used as storage. I painted it in a white & mint green faux bois pattern (false wood) to match a previously painted focus wall in the room. Can ya tell I’m a wood lover?! My top was 24″ x 51″ and I wanted a two-inch overhang on each side, so I had the scrap piece of sturdy 19/32″ pine plywood cut to 28″ x 55″. This would be the piece that all the other pieces would be glued and brad nailed to. Once all the pieces are cut with the same 45 degree angle at each end, I layed them out like a puzzle on the top, sanded, glued, and nailed. I wanted the finish of this piece to stand up to dings & be somewhat slick so that boards from my table saw would glide down it. Epoxy fit the bill and is an easy finish to apply, well, easy compared to lacquer & poly. You just mix, stir, and pour on your table top… I added tape around the edges so that gravity could do it’s work and fill it. I used 2 coats of Rustoleum Super Glaze Epoxy which I picked up from Home Depot and the results are great as long as you follow the directions perfectly. After it dried for over 12 hours, I removed the tape and added a 1×2 frame around the edge. I couldn’t be more in love with it! The herringbone patterned wood on top looks incredible! So that’s about it… now I have an outfeed table so I can get back to daydreaming about my Shaker cabinets!

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)





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KodaBear

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#1 posted 04-02-2013 03:20 PM

I don’t think that shelf is going anywhere!

nice job!

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 03:25 PM

good job.

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 03:28 PM

Very nice. Love it. Isn’t Anna White pretty, HUH.

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#4 posted 04-02-2013 04:21 PM

Very nice looking bench. The miters look spot on. Nice job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#5 posted 04-02-2013 04:27 PM

very sharp love the way the top turned out

-- greg indiana

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#6 posted 04-02-2013 04:47 PM

Looks too nice for a shop bench. Good job.

Ana is wonderful as well

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-02-2013 04:49 PM

Too pretty to use…

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#8 posted 04-02-2013 05:40 PM

Great recycle!

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#9 posted 04-02-2013 08:42 PM

Looks WAY too nice to be a shop table!

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#10 posted 04-02-2013 10:10 PM

Nicely done, and lots of character.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#11 posted 04-02-2013 10:27 PM

Looks very nice. I look forward to seeing those Shaker cabinets.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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Jpedi

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 01:08 AM

Wow! Looks like it belongs in the dining room, not shop! Awesome!

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 05:07 AM

Great job. Love the top with epoxy and it really sets off the herringbone pattern.

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Soundx

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#14 posted 04-03-2013 10:31 AM

Good looking table. Are you sure you want to scratch it?

-- Terry,Tennessee

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#15 posted 04-03-2013 01:27 PM

Thanks so much for the compliments y’all… yeah, I agree with some of you about it being too pretty to use though… that first scratch is gonna hurt! I’m curious to see how the epoxy top will look after I use and abuse it! :D

-- The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph... and many a splinter in the hands! ;)

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