Welp, as most of you know I got a new TS a few weeks ago. I finally got
around to making an outfeed table for it. It is kind of big, but it serves
several purposes. It will be an outfeed table for my table saw, planer and
my old contractors table saw.
Now it is time to start on a 'real' project. Maybe next weekend...
Check it out:
You will soon find that large outfeed table has many benefits. Depending
on where it is relative to your lumber or sheet good storage, a surface
like that is handy for sorting lumber for those real projects.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Mine pretty much does everything. I saw that you had it serving as a
planer outfeed as well, which I also do. Most of my large tools are set
at pretty much the same height (except the jointer) and since they're
mostly on rolling stands, they can be moved over if I need extra space.
Plus the fact that you've got tons of space under the table to put in
shelves and drawers and we all know there's no such thing as too much
Let me clarify this. It sounded a little sad this morning. I wasn't
implying my projects to date haven't been 'real'.
What I meant was that it was time to start on a 'real' project other than
SFWIW, built a 4x8 outfeed table with drawers underneath that were
accessible from the sides.
24 on each side, 48 total.
Provided a way to hide a lot of crap or useful stuff depending on how you
like at it.
Left it in place when moving time arrived.
Outfeed tables make great 'car ports' for big rolling things like
planers and shopvacs.
Even custom made shelves or stacking wide boxes on casters are very
useful to store things and then just roll under the table.
You'll find a lot of unused cubes under there.
Three quarters of the stuff you have all over your workbench (I looked
at your picture) should up on shelves above the bench.
An Industrial Engineer I worked with was always saying" "UP, UP, UP,
dammit..use your cubes!!"
By the time I built a mezzanine and got a forklift and racking, the IE
and I were standing in this big space and I said: "What the hell am I
paying all this rent for?" (16' ceilings were nice, but expensive to
heat...nowadays I'd look at it differently.)
Of course that whole 'cubes' thing is biting me in the ass on a
regular basis. When my suppliers ship me 30" x 144" slabs of solid
surface, they're not allowed to stack anything on top...so I pay for
the 'cubes'. The upside is that it costs no more to ship 6 sheets than
it costs to ship 3. That works for me when I'm busy...traditionally
things are a bit slower this time of year, but it's very slow right
It is one of those deals that after you DO install shelves and other
organization tools, that you slap your forehead and ask yourself why
you didn't do this LONG ago! All it takes is a little time and a few
bucks....oh wait...never mind...
Ah, yes. Is there a single woodworker who's breaker panel door isn't
open right now?
Nice setup. I wish I had that much room. Of course, if I had that much
room I wouldn't have a brew pub 300 yards away. So, I guess I don't
wish I had that much room...
Thanks! It's funny you mentioned a brewpub, because as it turns out, I do
have a one in there. It is really small though. I only do 5 gallon
batches. If you look at my 'woodshop' shot you can just make out my 10g
kettle in the back left of the picture sitting on my burner. All of my 5g
carboys are out of frame. I got into all grain brewing about ten years ago,
but I don't have much time for it any more. My last batch, an imperial
stout) was maybe 4-5 months ago.
No, I don't own it! - it's around the corner. Although my friends and
I are putting somebody's kids through college...
In order to get a larger shop, I'd have to move out to the suburbs and
we don't have brew pubs out there. I have one three hundred yards away
and another one is about a mile away. Both are excellent. We often
go right after tennis and nobody complains that we're in tennis
Oh no, you're not finished. Look at all that wasted space beneath the
outfeed and the fence extension tables. Think cabinets, drawers, etc.
and see how much space you can recover in the rest of your shop.
Yes, and if he plays his cards right, he can put that gorgeous jointer
under a workbench as well. Those kind of machines are seldom used
enough to warrant the waste of space.
The benchtop drill press was a good move though.
You kidding me? If it touches my table saw fence, it touches my
jointer. I'd say one is used as frequently as the other. (BTW: I'm
going to buy that exact same jointer in the next two weeks. Mine is
old and beat street.)
Not the case in my shop. But I start everything from rough wood.
Rough cross cut, rough edge joint, pre rip, face joint, plane, finish
edge joint, finish rip.....I'd wear out the wheels on that jointer
moving it about.
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