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Forum topic by Odiferous posted 06-10-2014 03:25 AM 1551 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Odiferous

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06-10-2014 03:25 AM

I’m considering building the 2009 Woodworker’s Journal folding outfeed table (see Laney's). The plans call for two layers of MDF with Formica on each side, but I’m wondering if it might be more cost effective to use particle board melamine. I guess the two layers would just need to be screwed together; I can’t see glue between melamine layers working well. Good idea / bad idea?

Also, am I going to regret building an outfeed table that’s only as wide as the wings? I’ve got 70”+ rails, and I think figuring out a full width folding table for this saw is a bigger project than I want right now. I see a lot of shops with “L” shaped setups (extension table + smaller outfeed), but it looks strange to my inexperienced eye.


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#1 posted 06-10-2014 12:14 PM

It’s just my opinion, but I don’t regret making my folding outfeed table almost as wide as my rails. I am always looking for more layout space. It is not as fancy as Laney’s, but I was looking to minimize cost and maximize functionality. My rear rail is heavy angle iron so just attached the table to the rail with hinges and made two swing down legs. The frame was made from some scrap oak that I had laying around and the top is peg board. I can attach my dust collector to the table and use it as a downdraft table.

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 03:27 PM

The more I procrasti….I mean, contemplate the design, the more I’m sure I’m eventually going to want the full length table. Perhaps I should add the full length of angle iron, build the saw-sized table, then later build an outfeed for the extension side. Then I could raise & lower them independently.

Anyone have input on using melamine for the table? I feel that a lot of these magazine plans go overkill on materials, but then I’ve never seen someone laminate layers of melamine before.

On a somewhat related note, can anyone point me to plans (or an inexpensive retail option) for a mobile base with significant leveling capability? I don’t much need the mobility at the moment, but my saw is pointed longways down the garage, and the grade is enough that the stock extension legs can’t reach the floor. If I ever get around to building a cabinet under there, I’d like a stable, level base to build it on.

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 03:32 PM

Wow, I really like the downdraft table idea. A folding outfeed table is on my long term to do list; I might try to incorporate the downdraft as well.

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