Infeed/outfeed table sizes.

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11-27-2013 01:26 AM

Im curious what everyone uses for infeed and outfeed tables.

Due to my limited shop space now, its roughly 35’ x 12’. Quite enough to get around. I have one whole side thats filled with benches and my chop saw. The other half is going to be for my table saw.

Rather than use a roller stand, i’m going to build an infeed and outfeed table. I was figuring a 4’x8’ outfeed would suffice. Knowing that i would use it as an assembly bench or some other task, i thought of making it sort of like a roubo, with a trough in the middle with a cover if i need to rip while using it. As for outfeed i was thinking maybe 2’x8’.

What works for you?

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 01:59 AM

I use my 4×10’ workbench as my outfeed table. I did not mill miter slots in it (just set it 1/2” lower than the TS table surface. Has worked well for years.

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 02:56 AM

I use a mobile assembly table as an outfeed—it measures about 30” x 50”. I also did not mill miter slots, I just set the table height to be 3/8” below the TS deck. For extra long pieces, I just roll the outfeed table back a foot or three from the TS.

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 11:56 AM

I have used a combination assembly table/ out feed table for many years the top is 4X8 so I have plenty of room but as I get older I seem to get a bit wiser. Every time I need to rip down a long board or sheet of plywood it seems that I have to rake off all the junk that has collected on the far end of the bench. I am starting to think smaller is better, and will soon introduce a saw to the table shrinking it both in length and width I do store drops under the bench but once I arrange then properly I will still have plenty of storage and will get some floor space back.

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 12:48 PM

My workshop is similar in size, 36×13. I have designed an L-shape outfeed table in Sketchup with full extenstion pull out drawers. Each leg of the L will be approximately 6’, with a depth of 24” and will set 1/2” below table saw.

-- Dave - NH

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 02:02 PM

I just made an assembly table/ out feed table out of an old kitchen island top made from formica. The smooth surface makes it easy to push material off the saw and it’s very easy to move projects around on it. Two for one saves a lot of shop space.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 03:12 PM

I have two shop carts that I can use for infeed or left side support for my table saw. This one is the largest as the base for storage is 24” wide by 42” long.

I in the process of redoing my outfeed table to incorporate a down draft sanding table/air filter. This is 48” wide by 60” long.

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 04:47 PM

I built a folding outfeed table for my R4512. My shop is very small (9’x21’). It’s 2’x4’. When not in use, I fold it. Very practical.

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 04:51 PM

My outfeed table is 4×8 and is also my workbench.

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 05:25 PM

My outfeed is the length of the TS and 4’ wide. It is just long enough that a sheet of plywood balances as after you have ripped it. It is 2×4’s and a particle board top. The top was sanded smooth and had 5 or 6 heavy coats of leftover oil based floor poly. IMHO anything under 4’ wide is pretty much of little value, because if you are ripping sheet goods you have to balance the pieces and turn off the saw at the same time. I also have a roll around assemble table that is the same size, and a little lower than the outfeed, and stores nicely right behind the outfeed.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 05:32 PM

I don’t understand infeed table for the table saw.

Ideal outfeed, in my opinion, should allow for the usual length of board you rip to be stationary there once it’s safely past the blade.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 05:38 PM

I don’t use an infeed table. Just an occasional roller support there for one-man sheet good cuts.

My outfeed table is 44” wide (the width of my tablesaw), and about 38” deep.
I can rip an 8’ long board, and it won’t go anywhere.
My outfeed table has two folding legs and clamps to the back of the tablesaw. The legs are connected by a lower stretcher, and use metal folding brackets. The legs have adjustable pad feet so I can get the height flush with the tablesaw.

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#12 posted 11-27-2013 05:45 PM

I have a project posted on LJ for an out feed table. It is 4’ x4’. I use two roller stands for the infeed. They allow better access to the saw.

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 06:11 PM

I don’t use an infeed table because it would place me too far away from the power switch on the front of the saw. My outfeed table is just large enough to support material and keep it from falling off the end. If I’m ripping long boards, like 12-16 ft long, I set a portable roller stand on the infeed and outfeed ends. I have my saw positioned so the outfeed end is at my exterior door opening.

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 06:58 PM

Here is an example of me using my bandsaw as an infeed table because both my shop carts were being used at the time. I was cutting some cedar to make outside corner moulding and needed to support the wood as it was 8’ long and I was cutting it on a bevel.

As you can see the infeed support would be behind me and to the right of me as I’m facing the saw. Doing it this way let me concentrate on the cut rather than worring about supporting the piece and making the cut.

This is also the beauty of all work surfaces in my shop being at the same heigth!

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#15 posted 11-27-2013 07:04 PM

I am set up so everything is the height of my saw. So I can set a 4×8 sheet on the top of my mechanics chest and it sits right on the saw short of the blade. Then I have a 2×4 outfeed attached with a 2×4 drop leaf past it. So, a 8 footer can just balance past the blade. Next to the tool chest is the chop saw. It’s table height is the same as the TS and chest, so I can support from a workbench, about 7 feet to the chop saw, across the chest to a roller stand as long as need be.

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