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09-26-2009 04:50 PM

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One of my next projects, in my shop redo is a outfeed table, any ideas to would help me would be great. Pictures would also be nice.

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 09-26-2009 05:18 PM

Norm built one on his Tablesaw 101 program. It was pretty nice!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 05:20 PM

Until you get ideas and get it made you can use an old ironing board. It’s easy to adjust to just the right height.
And can be moved for long or wide offcuts.
Will not be very sturdy, tho’


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#3 posted 09-26-2009 05:21 PM

Charles, I know you saw the one I made. I guess the first thing you need to decide is whether you want it attached to the table permanently, or just something you can set up as needed. If attached, do you want the ability to fold it down, or do you want it always up? Once you have answered these basic questions for yourself, you’ll be ready to start working on the exact design.

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

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 05:29 PM

I was looking at something I can keep set up all the time!

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#5 posted 09-26-2009 05:44 PM

Charles, here is a link to a fold-down outfeed table. It supports long boards and full sheets of plywood well while doubling as a work surface when I do not need it for ripping. But it also folds down out of the way when it is not needed and setting it back up only takes a few seconds. I just do not have the room to leave an outfeed table set up permanently.

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#6 posted 09-26-2009 05:45 PM

An outfeed table is also a great place to throw a router plate in so you have a dedicated router table that doesn’t take up any more space.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 09-26-2009 06:45 PM


If you’re not committed to a table that is there all the time, you might want to take a look at the fold-down one they did in the February 2009 edition of Woodworker’s Journal magazine. It is designed to be permanently attached to a cabinet saw such as yours. If you’d like, I will copy the article and send it to you.

If yours is a small shop (aren’t they all?) there is great value in being able to knock down the outfeed table when not in use. On the other hand, if it is permanent, you can use the space below for storage or as Julian suggests use it as a router table, etc.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 09-26-2009 08:06 PM

I have a plan rattling around in my head using these:

I need a folding outfeed table, attached to the saw. Some I have seen are in 2 parts. A stationary section attached to the saw, and then the other part of it folds.That won’t work in my case. I think these, bolted to the cabinet might work. It will be a while before I can try it out.

I want to see what you come up with, CJ. I believe we have similar saws, so I might copy what you do. Thanks for bringing this subject up for discussion.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 09-26-2009 10:13 PM

I built a combination outfeed/assembly table that really works well. The top is a solid core door, legs are 4×4 (actually 2×4’s glued together). The framework is built from 2×4’s with 3/8” grooves to hold 3/8” all thread to hold everything together. It is rigid, heavy enough to stay put and provides a good pounding surface etc. If I should every need to move it, it can be unbolted and reassembled somewhere else. It can be seen in “My Workshop” photos.

The plans and a project blog are somewhere on LJ’s but I can’t remember where. I seem to remember that the original concept was published in a woodworking magazine.

If this is interesting to you let me know and I’ll try to resurrect the plans I used.

-- Joe

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#10 posted 09-26-2009 11:41 PM

There’s one that worked well for me in my projects.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 09-27-2009 12:17 AM

I saw a plan that impressed me as it functioned both as an outfeed table and a sheet goods lift which when you are 5’3” and have arthritis is a good thing. It has wheels so it’s portable and could also double as a glue up table as long as what you are gluing up is not real tall. The top has an L bracket attached and swivels up and locks so you can put your sheet goods on and then use the table to get them to the height that you want for working. Most of it is made out of particle or osb so if the budget it tight it would be functional without breaking the bank. The plans and instructions are in “Workstations and Tool Storage” a book put out by the editors of Fine Woodworking and Taunton Press. You could probably find it through your library system or find it economically second hand on the many book web sites that offer the choice between new and used.

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#12 posted 09-27-2009 01:08 AM

Thanks guys for the suggests.

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#13 posted 09-27-2009 01:13 AM

Here is the link to the table that I mentioned in the previous post.

outfeed/assembly table

It is easily modified as to length, width, and height.

-- Joe

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#14 posted 09-27-2009 06:09 AM

heres mine , charles .

they are up on a kick , the brown ones are particle board , with shelves .

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#15 posted 09-27-2009 08:11 PM

David thats a nice idea!

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