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Outfeed table

by shelly_b
posted 04-26-2013 03:25 AM

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#1 posted 04-26-2013 03:48 AM

Definatly some good possibilitys with thoses desks as a base. Now i need yo find a restore nearby.. that has something other than clothes..

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 03:50 AM

and I got 5 of them

Ha! I love it.

Nice snag on the tripod too. I need to get a new one… Nice work “making it work”

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 04:04 AM

Thanks:) Obviously I like to save money, but I also like to be green and save some trees too:)

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 04:53 AM

Very interesting. Any thoughts on getting the surfaces up to the required height? I think a massive torsion box top with the desks as a base would be cool. Could then double as an assembly table. Nice find!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 05:13 AM

definitely more reason for me to check out the weekly sale at the UW since they get rid of stuff like that by the truckload

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 05:20 AM

Excellent score on the desks. The additional storage will be wonderful as well.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 05:59 AM

Whoa…Apparently schools in session…What are they made of ?

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 06:00 AM

I was thinkin like nwbusa, sincethey sits lower than the saw, gives you some defjnate options. May require some reconfiguring of one or more though if it was me, seeing all that space in the middle of your current setup gnaws on my senses, of possible wasted space. I would probably only use 3, 2 back to back near saw, with one capping them on the other end. Make the seating spaces into shelved cabinet doors using one other desks panels for the doors. Just ideas running through my head. Jealous of your score.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#9 posted 04-26-2013 10:36 AM

Shelly, be careful and do not be over ambitious.
Make your a out-feed table large enough for your need by not so large that it would use too much very precious room in your shop.
In addition you want to be able to reach to the center of the table and to not waste all this space between the desks as they now seat.
Under my out-feed table I have a large space to store very bulky items like my 2 table saw sleds.
Also make sure to install power outlets to connect power tools on 3 sides.
Do you want to integrate a router table with dust collection?
If yes, do want to make it or to buy it.
I made two and they never work very well so I ended up buying a Bench Dog an Amazon and I am delighted with it.

What about a down draft table?
The top of my table is made of a 3/4” plywood names “multipour”
which is an epoxy impregnated plywood, normally made for concrete forms.
It works very well in this application as it is very stale and it is very easy to clean.

I hope this helps.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 04-26-2013 10:48 AM

shelly_b...Wow…with some ingenuity, thats going to be an awesome outfeed/assembly table….Way to go getting those desks ! I too am a big fan of reclaim/reuse especially if it saves money. Bert (post above mine) has some good ideas and things to consider….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 11:31 AM

Another thing I forgot to mention: for some reasons (humidity/temperature) my out-feed table moves with the seasons.
I installed it on adjustable feet as to keep it reasonably flat and level with my T.S.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 04-26-2013 12:17 PM

My second thought was same as one of Bert’s. That arrangement looks so big that if a chisel or screwdriver rolls to the center of the table, you’re gonna hafta climb up on the table to get it. That’s a lot of real-estate with that arrangement.

My FIRST thought was Wow. Good score on the desks. I live about 40 miles from UT (Tennessee) and I used to hear similar stories from the kids that I worked with. At the end of semester is the time to get the best deals, ‘cause the kids are al going home and dont wanna haul back all the stuff they accumulated over the 4 years.

Some of the kids talked about going dumpster diving around the campus on the last day and finding things like laptops and computers that are thrown away. A lot of that stuff they get as part of their scholarship and they didn’t pay for it out-of-pocket anyway.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 01:07 PM

Good score, Shelly.

My outfeed table’s extent (from saw on out) was driven by 10’ boards which I typically buy and use. So I can rip a ten footer and it won’t fall off the table. I couldn’t see any value beyond that.

I torsion box is a bit grand. All you need is a relatively flat surface, and Melamine is a great choice. It will hold up a long time, clean up nicely, etc. etc.

It looks like the desks will dismantle nicely. I would see what happens when several of the desk pedestals were ganged together.

The top of mine is adjustable, but not as simply as I’d do it this time.

I am imagining a top-on-frame that has 5/16 teenuts in the bottom of it and bolts that are located in the structure below. Tweaking the bolts would allow you to level the outfield (sorry, couldn’t resist the sports reference with included pun) as needed.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#14 posted 04-26-2013 01:12 PM

Absolutely great score! If these actually came from the college, then they are probably solid lumber and not laminated plywood and the like. Bert’s idea for adjustable feet is a good one, even if you might have to shorten the desk “outfeed” to match your TS. I find that I have a better experience with my outfeed slightly lower than the TS (1/8”—1/4”). Those adjustable feet will let you fine tune this to suit your needs.

You ‘dun good Shelly!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 04-26-2013 01:15 PM

Really a gr8 idea Shelly. Good way to recycle those desks, and put em to use.

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

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#16 posted 04-26-2013 02:22 PM


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#17 posted 04-26-2013 03:11 PM

Thanks! I have been thinking of a few different designs. I have thought about cabinets or shelves in some of the openings. I’m not sure if I want to level is from the floor, or put something right under the top to level it. I would like to put a station in for my drill press, and maybe the bandsaw. I want everything to revolve around this area. I also am going to put the jointer on the right side of the saw. I may make it smaller… I’m not sure yet how I am going to raise them… a lot of thinking to do! Thanks for all the great ideas guys!

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#18 posted 04-26-2013 04:01 PM

Very ingenious and and creative. They look like they will certainly do the job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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