I'm excited to give a tour of the new outfeed assembly table. In this article I'll show you around and explain the features and some things that I haven't mentioned in the previous videos. Continue reading for all the details.
This was a fun project from start to finish. When I get to design something the way I want it and with the features I want and especially when the result is exactly how I designed it, it's a good day. So, this table features a lot of what I wanted in an outfeed/assembly table. I'm sure I could have packed more goodness into this table, but you gotta stop somewhere and I was running out of room.
Tools and materials used in this project (clickable links below):
Table saw (*upgraded version): http://amzn.to/2pcmEGF
New table saw blade (recommended): http://amzn.to/2qDJQip
Circular saw (alternative to a table saw): http://amzn.to/2pcDrtl
Drill and Impact: http://amzn.to/2p9tlsc
Kreg Jig (pocket holes): http://amzn.to/2q2ZZRq
Counter sink bit: http://amzn.to/2pctts1
Random orbital sander: http://amzn.to/2qwRQVd
Tape measure (lefty/righty): http://amzn.to/2pKZTwC
Tape measure (flat back): http://amzn.to/2q3PltA
T square (4'): http://amzn.to/2q2PJbK
Bluetooth hearing protection: http://amzn.to/2p9WBiy
Safety glasses (add-on): http://amzn.to/2pJExOv
Saw horses: http://amzn.to/2q6Qjo9
Hole saws: http://amzn.to/2pplIDm
Forstner bits: http://amzn.to/2qZ4E6X
Paste wax (for the drawer slides): http://amzn.to/2r57qE2
Miter track: http://amzn.to/2p9H1n5
Bench dogs: http://amzn.to/2qEWs8L
Dust collection: http://www.stoneandsonsworkshop.net/tools.html#DustCollection
See more tools we use: http://www.stoneandsons.net/tools
To start things off, I wanted the four things in the table top that I had before in my old table; a downdraft area, a router lift, a tool tray, and a vice (see the vice install video) with dog holes. I got all that back in the new table. I changed up the downdraft a little by not making the box as deep to allow for a more pressurized chamber and I moved the dust port over to the left to allow for more storage underneath. The other three things stayed about the same.
I do want to mention here that as of the writing of this article the t-track and miter track were not installed into the table top. They were ordered, but were not delivered in time for the project. You can follow us on Instagram to get up to date postings.
The next solution I wanted were cubby holes to store my power tools in. Currently, I have a jigsaw, routers, circular saw, worm drive saw, and a bench grinder on one side. On the other side I'm storing my sander and an angle grinder in the cubbies. The table has eight total cubbies and four drawers. Two of the drawers are storing my hand tools and the other two have sanding supplies and misc stuff in them right now, we'll see if it stays that way.
A router lift is important to me to have built into my table because I don't really have the space for a stand alone router table, so it makes since to have one tucked away in the table when I need it. The router lift I chose to use is Jay Bates' design (linked below). When designing the table I considered his lift in my table, so they go hand in hand here in this table. Everything lines up and works together. I have space to store my router fence, bits, and accessories right at the router lift. That was a big factor with the design in the planning phase. Convenience is a must in my shop. If something is out of sight or out of the way to get to, it will probably not get used. Organization and convenience were the two main goals in this project and I believe I improved my workflow and efficiency tremendously. On a side note, there was a happy accident that I found. To the right of the router lift on the opposite side of the table are two secret compartments that are hidden. These areas could be used to hide things like removable keys to power tools if you have kids in the shop, or anything really. I just thought it was cool to have a secret hiding spot built right into the table.
The entire table is made from 3/4" PureBond Plywood. PureBond Plywood really is a great product. I've worked with it before and liked it, so I wanted to build this project with it. So far so good. All the plywood has really made this table heavy. I used a hand plane in the vice and between bench dogs with no trouble. The table didn't experience any racking or movement at all. This could serve as an outfeed table, an assembly table, and also as a work bench (for hand tools). Three tables in one means it's a space saver!
All in all this build turned out better than expected. I'm sure there will be some things I will want to change in the future and also add on as I grow. If you are interested in the plans you can find them here... Outfeed Assembly Table Plans, and if you're interested in using Jay's router lift along with the table you can find those plans here... Router Lift Plan. Also, as a bonus, when you purchase the Outfeed Assembly Table Plans you will receive the Router Fence Plan for free.
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