I have a Grizzly contractor saw and want to put an extension off the back. I
have seen some articles in the mags, but cannot seem to find anything going
into detail regarding how to actually build and attach the table top
I have upgraded the fence to a Mulecab Accusquare 50" if that makes a
Can anybody point me in the right direction? I feel like such a moron <sigh>
What you want is called an 'outfeed table'. A VERY useful safety
device, by the way. If you do a Google search on the rec for those
terms, you'll find a bunch of good websites recommended for building
your own, relatively inexpensively. I did that for my cabinet saw,
mixing ideas from several posters, but probably not executing the ideas
quite as well.
By the way, mobile is often good. You can get multiple duty from the
Inexperience does not a moron make. Unwillingness to recognize our
inexperience, on the other hand, ...
I saw a good one in a magazine. It was a 4' deep table and long as the
tablesaw and it was on wheels and adjustable height so it could match the
tablesaw. The table had two slots to match the miter gauge slots. I
believe he had it set up to where he could lock the wheels and clamp it to
the tablesaw for an outfeed table. He could also roll it away to double as
an assembly table.
Try to get double use if you can. Also, don't forget storage underneath
(third use). Use your imagination, do it really good the first time around
and you will have a great addition to the shop.
I just built one for my Ridgid 2424 saw. My particular saw has cast iron webbed
wings which made it easy to attach the outfeed table. Since the inner webbed
portion sits a little below the level of the rest of the wing, I was able to use
that little space to bolt a flat steel bar over the top of the webbing
approximately 1.5" X 14" to anchor angle iron on the underside of the wing. The
angle iron stuck out maybe another 14" past the back of the saw and actually
supported the fixed portion of the table top.
I know I'm not explaining this well but let me throw out some details: The
table top is in two portions: the fixed part sticks out 14" or so and is just
long enough to cover the motor. Then there's a piano hinge that holds on the
folding portion of the table which sticks out another two feet. So the table
gives me three feet of outfeed space when extended and yet doesn't take up any
extra space when it's folded down.
The support for the table is (from the top) flat metal bar (about 1/8" thick),
oak spacers cut to fill the space in the web (you need three for each wing), and
then the angle iron which actually forms the support. The flat bar and the
spacer blocks only serve to bolt the angle iron to the bottom of the wing.
I'll see if I can't post something in A.B.P.W.
I made mine a completely separate rolling cabinet with a salvaged piece of
plastic-laminated countertop. It has space for six drawers and two doors,
which I have not yet gotten around to installing. Some (3"?) polyurethane
casters from grizzly (the red ones) let it roll around very easily. It can
also be used as a sort of portable workbench and, eventually, tool and
accessory storage as well. It's only 42" x 24", but it does have the
rounded over countertop edge, which I point toward the saw. This way I can
put it a foot or so behind the saw and not worry too much about the piece
I'm cutting catching on the edge of the outfeed table. It works pretty well
for me, since my TS is on a mobile base. I can roll the saw and the outfeed
table out of the way when needed.
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