|Forum topic by GregD||posted 05-11-2010 03:58 PM||3749 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
05-11-2010 03:58 PM
I’m making an outfeed table for my table saw. I’m planning to use plastic laminate on 3/4” plywood for the top. What do I need to do to keep it flat? Overall dimensions will be about 5’ long running along the back edge of the table saw and extending back about 27”.
I am sure it would be helpful to seal the back side of the top. Will a couple of coats of waterbase poly work well enough or do I really need to put laminate on the back side as well?
I was going to start with an apron made from 3” strips of 3/4” plywood with the same outside dimensions as the laminated top. I was also going to have cross pieces positioned under the slots for the miter gauge. After the top is laminated and pocket holed to the frame I’m likely to add a layer of 3/4” hardwood around the perimeter flush with the top surface and covering all the plywood. That would make the overall thickness 3-3/4”; can I go narrower on the strips making up the frame?
Finally, I intend to attach the table to the rear fence rail and run 2 supports from near the cabinet bottom up/out to the back edge of the table. I move my saw occasionally and don’t want to fuss with re-leveling the table.
Comments or suggestions?
-- Greg D.