Outfeed Table/Workbench With Storage

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Project by kdc68 posted 09-07-2013 04:53 PM 4406 views 22 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is finally complete. I’ve been using this out feed table without the storage drawer cabinet for some time now. I had a slew of smaller projects for family and friends that trumped getting this done. My own design, but took cues from other style benches. I liked having the open space between the underside of the top and the drawer cabinet. Having that open space, I have the option of sometime replacing the laminate top for a solid wood top and would have clearance for bench dogs and bench vices. I added additional storage by incorporating 1/4 Pegboard in the back. There is ample room between the table saw and out feed table. I thought this would be perfect for hanging things out of the way, yet accessible when I need something. The height of this out feed table is about 7/16” lower than the tablesaw, so no miter slots were needed. I have been using it this way for quite some time and have no issues with height difference. The finish is my concoction of satin wipe on poly.
8/4, 6/4, and 4/4 poplar
3/4 Prefinished birch plywood
1/2 and 3/4 MDF
1/4 Pegboard
White HPL (High Pressure Laminate)
Birch Shaker Style Knobs
100 lb. Full Extension Drawer Slides
Heavy Duty Levelers from Rockler’s
Work Bench Castors from Peachtree Woodworking
Figure 8 fasteners
In the photo below are the legs getting their mortises tuned at the bench. The mortises were roughed out at the drill press using a forstner bit drilling overlapping holes removing most of the waste. Chisel work at the bench took care of the rest

In the photo below are the rails getting their tenons cut. Dado blade set up at the table saw with an Osborne miter gage and fence with a stop block. Each tenon was cut slightly oversized (fat) and fitted individually to their corresponding mortise using a shoulder plane.


In the photo below is the top in progress. Three layers of 3/4” MDF with HPL laminated to both faces. The router set up in the photo is a flush trim bit. Next pass with the router I used a chamfer bit and slightly eased the laminate edge before applying the poplar.


In the photo below is a dry fit of the cabinet case without the cabinet top (for this photo). Double back panel, one 1/2” MDF and one 1/4” pegboard. I have 3/8” between the two to allow clearance for the pegboards hooks. I chose to do a double back using the 1/2 MDF for rigidity.


In the photo below is the completed dry fit of the inset drawers with applied (or false) fronts. The three drawers are recessed 1/4” from the front edge of the cabinet case. Doing the dry fit, I used shims to keep an even 3/32” reveal around the perimeter and in between the drawers.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 05:36 PM

Nice looking bench.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 11:17 PM

Very nicely done. I’m sure this will serve you well.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 11:36 PM

after the pencil that will be the most used tool in your shop … congrats on a well built and well thought out project.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 12:37 AM

Very nice project. Looks like it will be very useful. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 02:09 AM

Thanks for the all compliments !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 02:40 AM

That looks too nice to be in your shop. I think you right, it will be better when you replace the top and put some bench dogs in. Nice job!

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 04:09 AM

Excellent out feed table and extra storage as well. Kan never have too much storage areas…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 08:33 AM

Nicely done, in execution and in the write-up.
If you do decide to replace the top, I’d keep the current one as an assembly table.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 09-08-2013 12:06 PM

Thanks again everyone !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 09-08-2013 12:33 PM

Very clean lines!! I really like the look of it. The added storage should serve you well…Nicely done!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#11 posted 09-08-2013 01:02 PM

Just got the email stating that this project made the Daily Top 3. Thank you LumberJocks and everyone for kind words. The craftsmanship seen here is top notch !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 09-08-2013 02:13 PM

This is nicer than some of the furniture in my house!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 09-08-2013 04:55 PM

I have those same foot pedal castors on a workbench @kdc68, and I found that if I had to lift the bench for any reason, the hinge the wheels attach to would collapse under the assembly and then not be right when the bench was put down. My solution was to simply wrap a zip-tie under the wheel hinge and up and around the foot pedal, behind the foot pedal bolt. It allows the castors to still work like they’re supposed to, and it allows the bench to be lifted if necessary, without messing up the way the castors work once they’re put down. Just thought I’d pass that along.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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#14 posted 09-08-2013 05:35 PM

JRAP....thanks for taking the time to post this tip….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 09-09-2013 06:21 PM

Double duty, outfeed and storage. Nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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