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Forum topic by Kevhp posted 09-11-2014 03:11 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kevhp

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09-11-2014 03:11 AM

Hello all,
I want a folding outfeed table and I found a Delta 50-302 on Craigslist for listed at $225, has anyone used one of those?
I like the idea of being able to fold it down as I am limited on space and I am trying to decide weather to fabricate one or just save the time and buy one?

Thanks,
Kevin


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skatefriday

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 04:11 AM

The law of woodworking, 80/20. Only 20% of time is spent producing
something the wife actually wants. The other 80% is spent working on
stuff to make the shop better.

I think you have your answer.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 04:21 AM

Why buy it, if you can build it….? If you have the tools and machines, take a little time and design one the way you want it, cause you may not be able to find the one you want/ need…..I don’t buy anything if I can build it…I built my own, and the satisfaction of building it yourself is unsurpassed…...Besides, it’s a good project to hone your skills on…....Buying is easy…..building is satisfaction knowing you did it yourself….....Bragging rights…...

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 04:33 AM

I built mine because I wasn’t crazy about the options available commercially at the time. I don’t think it took much longer than it would to install a commercial one, and it was very cheap to build. I used melamine for the top, and I was concerned that it would chip excessively over time and I might end up replacing it. After 12 years of use, it has held up just fine. A few small chips but nothing that bothers me.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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skatefriday

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 04:35 AM


Why buy it, if you can build it….? If you have the tools and machines, take a little time and design one the way you want it, cause you may not be able to find the one you want/ need…..I don t buy anything if I can build it…I built my own, and the satisfaction of building it yourself is unsurpassed…...Besides, it s a good project to hone your skills on…....Buying is easy…..building is satisfaction knowing you did it yourself….....Bragging rights…...

- Rick Dennington

Rick is the proof of my theorem on the law of woodworking.

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DKV

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 05:43 AM

Kevhp, are you a woodworker? Build it yourself.

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b67mack

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 02:04 PM

I just built one for mine

and I hate woodworking

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 02:34 PM

If you can build your own you have the ability to make it do what you want. I build a lot of my stuff to make it fit where I want to maximize its utility. I use off the shelf hardware when i can to save time or because I can not form a large metal piece. Try building one.

-- Chris K

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Domer

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#8 posted 09-11-2014 04:32 PM

I built my outfeed table because I did not like the looks of the store bought ones. I looked on line to find some examples. They did not have a set of plans but once you get the idea, it is not hard to build.

The hardest part for me was drilling holes in my new table saw. Not the actual drilling but putting holes in my new table saw.

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Rick M

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#9 posted 09-12-2014 07:44 PM


The law of woodworking, 80/20. Only 20% of time is spent producing
something the wife actually wants. The other 80% is spent working on
stuff to make the shop better.

- skatefriday

Turned out to be so true. I used to shake my head at guys who spent so much time making jigs, organizing their shop, making tools—now I’m one of those guys.

Kevhp – if you have more money than time = buy; otherwise build.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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ADHDan

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 09:02 PM

I built one for my R4512, but this was before I had kids and time was less of a rare commodity for me. I pulled it apart when I moved (a decision I really regret), and now if I could buy one for a reasonable price I’d do it even though I know I could do it again myself. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to spend more than $75 for one because I know I built my own for about $20 in hardware and scrap wood.

In your case, given that a folding outfeed isn’t that difficult to make, I’d say build one and spend the $225 on something you can’t easily build for yourself – unless your time/money ratio slants HEAVILY towards the latter.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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MT_Stringer

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#11 posted 09-12-2014 09:24 PM

If you are limited on space, build something like this. You can thank me later. :-)
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92907

Or a work bench/outfeed table/assembly table/clamping station. this thing gets a workout every time I walk into the shop (one car garage). :-)
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68635

Good luck. Post some pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Richard

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#12 posted 09-12-2014 09:32 PM

BUILD IT .

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Joseph Jossem

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#13 posted 09-12-2014 10:34 PM

build it the way you want

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Kevhp

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#14 posted 09-13-2014 02:59 PM

I am getting the feeling you guys think I should build one. That is what I was leaning toward but I have a lot of other projects going on (termite remediation) and I liked the idea of a compact solution. I think I need to consider a few options like maybe a mobile bench that. Would double as a healthy table. Thanks for all the suggestions

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