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02-01-2013 03:01 AM

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I’m presently moving my wood shop from my residence to a Historical commercial building. I restored this building years ago (building was built in 1896) and it will provide plenty of working and storage space and the opportunity to build a larger out feed table. I have not moved my cabinet saw yet but I have separated it from the original out feed table and I believe I new larger out feed table is needed. How long is your out feed table?

I tend to work by myself so I need to make it more convenient when handling larger hardwood planks and sheet goods. l plan to make the out feed table fixed and attached to the table saw and positioned so that it offers workable space all around the tables saw, side apron and out feed table.

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts.


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#1 posted 02-01-2013 03:04 AM

Mine is wide enough to rip an 8’ sheet, clear the riving knife, and not fall off the other side. The far edge is ~ 52-54” from the back of the knife.

It is as long as the saw, from the left wing edge, to the right side of the table board.

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 03:16 AM

I use a mobile assembly table as an outfeed, and the top only measures 50” wide by 30” deep, so when I rip longer boards or full 8’ sheets, I have to roll the table back from the rear of the saw. When I build my next mobile assembly/outfeed table, it will be 50” x 50”, which is about as large as my workspace will accommodate.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 03:55 AM

i use another TS at right angles to to the ripping TS that’s dedicated to crosscutting:

allows for ripping 8’ goods unassisted.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 04:06 AM

Nice idea with the dueling table saws. How are you guys adjusting the saws/extensions to get proper alignment? (height) Are you using shims or leveling feet. Toolie it looks like you are using leveling feet under the far saw.

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 04:52 AM

mine doubles as a workbench,30×55 and i made mine mobile…i think 48×72 or 96” would be great but my little shop won’t accommodate…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 05:51 AM

Mine is 72” wide by 96” long. white melamine top

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 06:19 AM

I have 2 table saws back to back, with a 4 ft.x 8 ft. outfeed in between them…....on the left side of the saw I have a 32” x 8 ft. work bench that helps when ripping large panels…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 11:51 AM

Grandpa,
That’s a big out feed table. How is it made? Two sheets of melamine ply side by side to get to the 72” width x the 8’ length. Any pictures you could post. thanks.

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 12:21 PM

You might be interested in this.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24461

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 12:23 PM

28” with a fold up roller frame that makes it 50”.
Bill

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 03:23 PM

How are you guys adjusting the saws/extensions to get proper alignment? (height) Are you using shims or leveling feet.

now that the far saw has also been moved from that makeshift wooden base to a ridgid adjustable base with a herc-u-lift, both saws adjust their “at rest” height with the adjustable feet on the ridgid tool bases. i also mark the floor so i can get them back to where they need to be whenever i move them. i find that, for limited space like mine, this perpendicular arrangement works better than a “back to back” arrangement.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 03:45 PM

My out-feed table is 96”x60”

-- Bert

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#13 posted 02-01-2013 03:52 PM

My shop is small right now so I have to be content with a cabinet that I have built that is very slightly lower than the table of my saw. The top is 18×30. I can roll this table up to the saw as needed. However, I am fixing to build a bigger shop (hopefully 30’ x 30’) and will have more space, hallelujah!!!, hallelujah!!!, Amen!!!. I will build an out feed table as large as I feel is necessary and may incorporate a built in router table with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#14 posted 02-01-2013 04:31 PM

needsshave, it is a big table. some days I wonder what I was doing and other days I love it. I has the seam on the side. One 4 ft sheet of melamine with a piece on the side. I built it like a wood flor in a home. I used double 2×4’s for the legs and put a rim oround those for my joists. I hwv a shelf about 12 inches off the floor. I did skirt it to keep things from rolling under the table and to keep crawly things under there I suppose. I have a brace in the center with braces to the ends from the center. I put 3/4 inch plywood on the joists then I put another layer of 3/4 plywood with the joints staggered. I put a 2×6 band around the top with the melamine inside that. I can change the melamine or turn it over when needed. It does get ugly but it last forever and I like working on the white finish. I have a 30×40 work area. I put my dust collecter in an adhacent room. This is all a 30×60 steel building with a concrete floor. I had the 30×40 then decided I needed to spend some more money so I added an additionat 20 feet. I had some equipment that live outdoors that will have a much longer and more useful life if I store it inside. besides that it is out of sight.
Back to the table. When I need to, I can climb up on the table and stand by a project to work on it. This doubles as an assembly table. It is large enough that I can scoot things to the end and stell have a large outfeed table. When I really get to wondering what I have done is when I need to scoot the table a bit to relocate something. I can’t even scoot this thing by myselv and I have been a pretty strong person. Still hold my own but it is HEAVY.

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#15 posted 02-01-2013 04:37 PM

My outfeed table is also my workbench. It is 48”x96”.

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