Overdone outfeed? Advice needed
I almost feel bad saying this knowing what some of you are working with when it comes to square footage in your shops, but here goes anyway. I'm cramped for space! I share m400 +/- sf with the furnace, extra fridge, HW heater, laundry, and back of the fireplace. In addition, all my wood storage is 'in shop' and all other normal household repair tools and supplies are also kept there.
When I first purchased my TS I had a lot less 'stuff' in the shop (see pictures) and I added a full width out feed table that is almost 3' deep. Overdone, for sure, but I had the space. Oh, BTW, these pictures are several years old - the shop has not been this empty, or this clean, in a looooooong time!
Now, as I look to make room for planned shop upgrades (like a real router table) I see the error of my ways as the right side of the out feed table does little more than act as a collection area for cut offs and occasional extra bench space for glue ups, etc.
My question, and my need for advice, concerns the need for a large out feed space. I've noticed that most out feed table designs in books and magazines concern themselves only with an area equal in width to the actual saw table. Many are hinged to fall down out of the way when not in use. When additional support is needed various forms of rollers and such are called into service.
I'm thinking of going the fold down route. Do any of you use a fold down out feed? Pros? Cons? Should I keep what I have and find another way to satisfy my space needs? All input welcome!
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