Putting Drawers and a top shelf into this " Wood Whisperer " Outfeed Table

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Forum topic by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 03-04-2016 03:44 AM 787 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2016 03:44 AM

So I’m designing an outfeed table and I’m wondering how do I take the Wood Whisperer model above and incorporate

1. A shelf just below the surface to fit my crosscut sled
2. I want 2 small 4” drawers side by side and 2 larger drawers to fit my saw blades..
3. The other side will be open maybe with shelves or something
4. The back end I’m thinking will either have a pegboard or just solid plywood..

I have been able to come up with some solutions but it’s taking slot of needless plywood to accommodate this..

I want the table to be 48” sq.. 36.5”
Off the ground … I want to add casters as well so as that I can move it out of the way if needed..

Any suggestions would be helpful and greatly appreciated..

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 05:35 AM


With the info you provided I can only share the approaches I take to make efficient use of plywood. I hope it helps.

I have used two methods for designing a project. One is overall to specific. In this method I start with the overall dimensions of the finished project. I then design everything to fit within those dimensions. It appears this is the method you are now using. The second method is specific to overall. This method starts with the project components, like drawers and shelves. Once these dimensions and the arrangement of the components are established, the overall project design is completed to accommodate these components.

In your case, you have specific requirements for the crosscut sled, saw blade drawers, small drawers, some shelves, and casters. Perhaps if these dimensions drove the determination of the overall table size, some plywood could be saved.

When I design projects using plywood, I develop a plywood cut plan. The plywood cut plan not only guides the breakdown of plywood into project parts in the shop, but it can reveal waste during design that could be avoided by changing some dimensions.

To develop a plywood cut plan, I draw a sheet of plywood. Then parts that are needed from the plywood are drawn on the sheet of plywood just drawn. When drawing in the parts, I like to leave allowance for the saw kerf between parts and for cleaning up any ragged edges from breaking down the plywood. Sometimes this method reveals that if a dimension of the project or some of the parts is changed, the quantity of plywood can be reduced.

In this case, 48” x 36.5” suggests that by reducing the dimensions to less than 48” and less than 36.5” can save perhaps a sheet. For example, if 36.5” is reduced to 35-7/8” the cutoff is large enough to build some 12” drawer sides. But there are some projects where dimensions cannot be compromised. In this case, its a big bill and perhaps some extra strap.

My other thought is to consider casters that will bear a lot of weight. I can see myself wheeling this table to the planer and stacking lumber on it for a planer operation. Heavy weight-bearing casters are typically large diameter wheels and thus could reduce the interior space you are now planning.

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 01:35 PM

I made this, and for an out feed table and it does exactly what it is supposed to do. However the design does not lend itself to efficient storage. With the legs alone you will loose 8” (4 per leg) in both the width and length. Mine ended up being 62”x36”, and my bench is perpendicular to the rear of the table, so accessing the lower shelf from the back is just a “head banging” experience. I have considered making either drawer or shelf units that could be accessed from either end but right now it just isn’t a priority.
If you haven’t started this, and storage is a priority, consider a different design. In your situation I would probably build a cabinet based table, there are a lot of cool designs out there. Good luck.

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