Outfeed table

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Project by ytsejamr posted 07-28-2008 06:16 PM 9196 views 40 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so I decided that I wanted to make a large outfeed table for my saw. I figured that I would also use it as a workbench/assembly table. I really wanted to utilize the space under the table for storage. I’m heading down a path of having all my tools covered, either in drawers or cabinets.

I also have delusions of someday making my own kitchen cabinets. So I figured, hey . . . perfect time to practice!

I decided on a plan of two standard lower cabinets back to back with drawer storage. The space in between worked out perfectly for storage for my crosscut sled and other fences. I could also use that a practice for making cabinet doors.

Here’s the Sketchup plan:

Sketchup plan

You may notice the crazy array of drawer fronts. There’s a reason. When I first started woodworking about a year ago, I read somewhere that a good place to go for free wood was a cabinet shop. My sister was getting a custom kitchen done by a couple of woodworkers. I went there and they gave me a bunch of rough cutoffs. Nothing longer than 3 feet, but some nice curly maple, walnut, cherry and poplar. And as it turns out, perfect size for drawer fronts.

The cabinets and drawers were all assembled with pocket screws. I love those things! The cabinets are cheap Borg ply . . . the drawers are all baltic birch. I bought a bunch of 100lb slides from, and a bunch of cheap pulls from There are 4 heavy duty levelling feet on each cabinet.

I bought a few boards for this. I wanted to pick some hardwoods that I haven’t worked with to get some practice on them. I ended up buying a few cherry boards, and a purpleheart board (man that stuff is heavy!) The cherry trim is from some boards that a friend gave me. The same friend gave me a set of Freud cabinet door bits. I used those for the first time to make the door. I also got to play with some bluhm european door hinges.

I have since routed channels for the miter slots.

I learned quite a few things making this. The most important being how square you need to make cabinets and drawers! There was lots of fitting and cutting (and swearing) to get the drawers to slide nicely.

*edit: Forgot to mention that I bought the Earlex HVLP gun and used it for the first time on this. So much quicker than using a brush or rag! :-)

All in all, totally crazy for a shop table. But it was good practice for later.

Here’s a few more shots:

Case/drawer construction


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#1 posted 07-28-2008 06:19 PM


-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 06:23 PM

Too beautiful to use!!

What a tremendous use of a normally wasted space.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-28-2008 06:32 PM

Here here, I am still cussing as several of my drawers do not slide as nicely as they should….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 07-28-2008 06:46 PM

Nice work, I like the way you beveled the edges of the drawer fronts, gives them some character.
As you have found out, the cabinet boxes and drawer boxes do have to be pretty darn square.
I am guessing by your post that the 100 lb slides are ball bearing type ???
If so, here is a little tip- the slide part that mounts to the cabinet box usually has three tabs with screw holes in them. You can bend those tabs so as to take up any slack between the cabinet box side and the drawer sides. Another thing that has helped me is using a level. i level the box, then when I am installling the slides I level them also.
Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 07-28-2008 07:01 PM


Looks to me like you are more than ready to tackle kitchen cabinetry.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 07:03 PM

Looks great. I like the different wood throughout – perfect for a workshop. I wish I had the space. :)

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#7 posted 07-28-2008 07:06 PM

Thanks! Yes, they were ball bearing. I think my issue was the fact that my case sizes were slightly off. I made all my drawers the same size. So on one side of the cabinet all the drawers were slightly too wide for the opening. The other side was fine. At least that’s what I think the problem was. I ended up cutting kerfs in the drawers just above and below the slide. The corresponding slide on the cabinet was digging into the drawers.

I did buy the kreg drawer slide installation jig thingy. ( Though, I’m not sure how much I liked it. It supposed to be able to work with ball bearing slides, but I think it’s more designed for the roller types.

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#8 posted 07-28-2008 07:13 PM

Nothing is too crazy for a shop – think about it – the perfect place to try ANYTHING, and see it afterwards everyday as you work around it.. gotta make it count.

excellent outcome – I love that.

what did you use for the top ? how was it laminated/constructed?

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#9 posted 07-28-2008 07:22 PM

Ah yes, the top. Practice for a laminated countertop. It’s just a piece of laminate from Home Depot on top of particle board (the high density stuff). I built the height up by adding another layer of particle board on the bottom. Not a full piece, but 8” strips along the edges and across a couple times.

Here’s another tip. Don’t use scrap pine to hold the laminate up over the contact cement when you’re dropping the laminate on. I’m pretty sure a small piece of wood stayed on the particle board. So I had a fairly sizable bump in the laminate. Oops! I tried pounding it out with a block and hammer, and ended up cracking the laminate. Oh well, lesson learned!

The edge is purpleheart screwed and plugged with maple plugs. I learned a few things about getting the edging to be at the same level as the laminate. Well, I learned how not to do it. The tip I read after the fact is to use a couple of pieces of masking tape on the laminate and then sand the edging down until you sand through the first layer of tape. Next time . . . next time . . .

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#10 posted 07-28-2008 07:24 PM

Nice work,

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#11 posted 07-28-2008 07:45 PM

Outstanding job. My number 1 needed item for my workshop. I’m jealous.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#12 posted 07-28-2008 08:28 PM

LOL! When I saw the title of your post and then saw the table I was thinking it was a new name (an outfeed table) for a kitchen breakfast bar or something. Then when I read that this goes in your shop… wow! Beautiful! And the different doors are the crowning touch. Kudos!

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#13 posted 07-28-2008 09:15 PM

Those doors and that purple heart trim look great. I am lpanning on using the space in between the cabinet sets for storage too. I’m glad to see it works.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#14 posted 07-28-2008 10:26 PM

If I only had the room…...

Now I need to stop by the cabinet shop on my way home and look for cutoffs!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#15 posted 07-28-2008 11:28 PM

Really nice project and a useful addition for your shop. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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