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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 09-09-2012 07:07 PM 6852 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2012 07:07 PM

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My shop is in a 90+ year old garage and the concrete floor leaves a lot to be desired. Both the table saw and outfeed table (doubles as a router table) are mobile. Depending on where I roll the table saw and outfeed table the difference in heights place the outfeed table 1/8 inch below to 1/8 inch above the table saw. Having the outfeed table above the table saw will not work. How about when the outfeed table is slightly lower than the table saw?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 07:11 PM

My outfeed is an eighth inch low. I’ve never had a problem. If it turns out to be I will simply shim it up but I’ve moved a couple of thousand baord feet and haven’t had a problem yet.

Oh, Crap…...

After saying that now I will!

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 07:19 PM

This is how I level my outfeed table:

Obviously this will not work w/ casters, but maybe you can modify it so that it does?

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 07:31 PM

To cover the case when the outfeed table is a bit high, just put a small bevel or ramp on the edge of the table facing the saw, so the work can slide up onto the table. I’d even do that if the table and saw are perfectly level, to ensure that the workpiece won’t catch on the edge of the outfeed table.

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 07:56 PM

It’s better to have a lower outfeed table then higher. The last thing you want is to be cutting a board, and it gets stuck because your outfeed table is to high. Make it about a 1/8’’ lower than your TS table and you’ll be good to go.

Hope this helped,

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 08:01 PM

My outfeed table is 3/8” lower than my table saw to provide clearance for the miter gauge and sled runners. It’s never been a problem for me, even when breaking down full sheets of plywood (which I rarely do on the TS anyway).

-- John, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 11:48 PM

outfeed table below table saw is normal. to make sure they are always in that relationship, find a spot on your floor where the relationship is with the outfeed table below the TS. then mark the floors and identify where the TS should be and where the outfeed table should be.

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 07:55 PM

Hello All, Well I Am preparing to attempt to make a folding outfeed table for my old Sears 10’‘contractor saw. First part of the top table will bolt to the saw,the folding part will be hindged to that part of the outfeed. That part will fold down to the floor. My question is would 3/4 inch melamine be a good choice for the top and the folding top or would 3/4 MDF be a better choice covered with a laminate.

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#8 posted 03-04-2013 07:58 PM

Melaimine would be cheaper and about the same. The laminate would last longer but both use MDF for the substrate. I would use melamine and replace it when needed. I have been using a melamine topped assembly bench for over 10 years and I can still live with it….spilled stain and all.

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 08:03 PM

1 1/2” MDF covered with Formica and an oak edge is what I used for a Delta removable outfeed table hardware kit that I bought a few years ago and is nolonger available. I feel really fortunate to have found one brand new. It is flush with the table saw top, and has two miter tracks inline with the saws miter slots. It’s a great addition to my saw.

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 08:04 PM

The melamine we get around here uses particle board for the substrate, not MDF. I think that MDF covered with laminate would be a nicer top (melamine tends to tear out at the edges when cut). That said, when I had a folding outfeed table I used melamine and it worked fine.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 03-05-2013 01:22 AM

My thanks for the in-put and I found that the melamine here, (Nashville Tn, Lowes, and Home Depot.) is covered particle board not covered MDF. Using the Melamine sure will cut time and expense. I assume partical board probably wont hold screws as good as MDF?

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#12 posted 03-05-2013 01:34 AM

Jesse…how about this modification from ted?

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#13 posted 03-05-2013 06:32 AM

There is concrete leveling compound that levels itself, takes about a day to dry not sure on the cure time.. maybe a day… I do not think this is that expensive but if you have issues keeping things level…

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