Bargain Outfeed Table

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Project by TheWoodenOyster posted 05-13-2013 06:11 PM 1805 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Apparently I am a cheapskate because my last three project names have started with the word bargain.

This is the third shop fixture in my quest to set up a hassle and frustration-free shop on a tight budget. The cabinet and drawer portion of this project is a roadside find. It is just an old dresser. The table top is a heavy duty commercial plastic laminate door that cost me $7. The rest was leftover plywood found on the side of the road or taken off of one of my jobsites. The casters are $5 cheapos from Harbor Freight. Handles are made from an old oak bed frame that I found in a dumpster.

The basic construction process consisted of:
1. Laminating plywood to the sides and back of the dresser to stiffen it up.
2. Putting strips of plywood on the bottom for the casters to bolt into
3. Installing casters
4. Screwing the door to the top of the dresser
5. Filing down any sharp plastic laminate corners
6. Making and attaching the oak handles (during which my finger got eaten by my belt sander…ouch)

Finished dimensions are about 36” tall, 36” wide, and 55” long. The first two photos show the table by itself. The second two photos show it rolled into place as a part of my table saw/ router/ sharpening/ outfeed table island. I like to think of this island as a transformer that is useful as one large piece, or can be broken into separate parts and serve different purposes. Totally wood dork, but hey that’s all we really are anyway.

I am really pleased with this table and it wasn’t until I had finished it and was looking at it that I realized it would be incredibly useful as an outfeed table for not only my table saw, but also my planer. Both are on mobile bases and the planer sits about 1/2” higher than my new outfeed table. I also hope to use it as an assembly table and a finishing table, as glue won’t stick to it and finishes should wipe right off of the laminate. I suppose it is more of a multi-function table that happens to be at the same height as my table saw. Either way, I hope you like it and feel free to ask any questions or steal some ideas.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 06:39 PM

Good idea well done.

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 08:43 PM

I would not call you a cheapskate – I think that you are a thrifty woodworker! What reason would you have to buy something when you can get it free.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 11:05 PM

Slap a coat of primer on that side panel and call it a finished piece. I think it’s a good use of material, a lot of my shop stands are repurposed from something else. And I need an outfeed table – I’m sure I’ll be stealing this idea if I can find a beat up dresser for free/cheap.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 02:50 AM

Look Like it will work good!

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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