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Mobile Outfeed Tables

Upgrade your tablesaw and save precious shop space with a pair of outfeed tables.

By George Vondriska


A tablesaw is a lot safer and easier to use when it’s equipped with an outfeed table. Whether you’re ripping long boards or crosscutting big sheets of plywood, you really need more support than just the top of your saw.

Lots of folks have a huge outfeed table that sits permanently behind the saw, but that’s impractical in my compact shop. I’ve gone small and mobile instead.

I built two tables, which offer a lot of flexibility. I can butt them right up to the back of my contractor’s saw because the folding wings span the saw’s motor. When I rip a long board, I can put one table in front of the saw and one behind. When I crosscut a big piece of plywood, I can roll one of the tables to the left side of the saw. When I need more open space around the saw, I fold down the wings and push the tables out of the way.

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These tables are great shop carts. They’re perfect for wheeling project parts from machine to machine. I also use them for glue-ups and assembly. Sweet!

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Simple face-frame and box joinery makes this project easy to build. Build the face frame slightly oversize, glue it to the cabinet and trim it with a flush-trim bit. This shortcut is a lot easier than trying to build a face frame that exactly fits the size of the cabinet.


Position each drawer slide with a wood spacer. It’s a lot easier to use a scrap of plywood than a tape measure to level a slide. Install the top slide first with a wide spacer; then use a narrower one for the bottom slide.


Install the drawer fronts with the cabinet on its back. Drive temporary screws through the pull holes into the drawer boxes underneath. Remove each drawer and permanently screw the box to the drawer front from the inside.


This story originally appeared in American Woodworker May 2005, issue #114.

May 2005, issue #114

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