|Forum topic by rance||posted 02-16-2011 07:31 PM||1779 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-16-2011 07:31 PM
In the shop where I work, for the longest time we had a cabinet saw with a typical outfeed table. About 2yrs ago, we switched to another cabinet saw. Up until about 3-4 months ago, we did not have an outfeed table on this new saw. I guess I’ve kinda got used to it. About 3-4 months ago, one of the other instructors built one for this new saw. Now I find that I would rather not have it there. For most of the stuff I saw(smaller work), I like to slide the workpiece off the back of the saw, then tilt it down to make it easier to grasp for the next step. I find that with the outfeed table there, it appears more difficult for me to do multiple processes to a piece. Am I the only one that feels this way?
I can see some of the benefits of having an outfeed table for large sheets so I’ve been looking for an alternative that fits both needs. I’m thinking maybe have the outfeed table 3” below the TS surface but maybe an outfeed roller on the far side. I find myself asking what YOUR purpose for your outfeed table is. I thought it served to keep from just pushing stock off the table onto the floor, and to support large sheets(which I don’t cut often).
In addition, with this sunken outfeed table, pieces could be slid off onto it and not interfere with new pieces being cut.
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