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    Tablesaw Outfeed, Assembly Table, Drawer Unit

    Over the last few years you may have noticed me mention that I "gotta" get around to dealing with my makeshift outfeed table. It works but, is not an efficient use of space and could be better. I had an unexpected opening in my calendar so now's the time. As is my habit I have thought-up, borrowed, stolen or morphed every idea I have come across that has value for me. The result is this (you'll notice a resemblance in the top from an assembly table project in ShopNotes #124):

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    I am still impressed with this Carbide Processors plywood blade even after a lot of cutting over the last year . . . well, a lot of sheet stuff for me anyway. I break down some parts out of the last of the shop ply I have around. I use BB ply for the top and most of the structural parts.

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    I laminate two pieces of 3/4" BB ply together with the "everything and the kitchen sink" approach. I normally shy away from the tablesaw as a work surface but, it was the widest, flattest thing available.

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    And she came out nice and flat. I cut it to final shape (heavy beast) and the sled support earns its keep once again.

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    I use the adjustable dado jig I recently made to do rabbets and dados for the casework.

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    I use the drill press and the router table to make a jig for the dog holes and clamp slots.

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    The jig gets clamped in the first position and I use a 3/4" Forstner bit to make a shallow starting hole. This hole will be used to align the plunge router that I will use to make the actual dog holes. This assures my dog holes are nice and straight; something I have been not-so-good at with a hand drill, brace and auger and other methods I have tried in the past. The hot-pink post-it is to remind me not to cut a slot in the first position. This is just the kind of thing I would do if I got interrupted during this process.

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    Once the first set of holes are each about 1/8" deep, I move the jig and register it with a couple of dogs . . . and repeat till I'm done.

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    Here is the dog hole "drilling" rig. I did a couple but am going to knock off for tonight; I'm bushed.

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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 04-22-2015 at 03:24 AM.
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    I assume you have heard the term, "Everything but the kitchen sink."

    I used a bunch of 8x8x16 cement blocks when building my 1st bench.

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    My life has been one big interruption the last couple of days. Got all the holes finished. I decided to try a spray contact adhesive this time around.

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    I sprayed the hardboard outside and it went on a-ok. I rolled and rolled and then took a large flat block and a dead blow mallet and walked the block all around the surface.

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    Seems to have done all right. I'll use a trim router to clean up the edges. I'll drill a through hole in the skin and flush trim the holes.

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    Once that's done I'll chamfer or roundover the outer edgers, dog holes and clamp slots. The slides just showed up so I guess the carcass and drawers are comin' up.

    Its not often I outright advise against a product but . . . Despite several stops to clean the nozzle it outright failed about halfway through and just shot a stream. I was able to "draw" a good coverage pattern but, took an entire can to cover less that 12 square feet. This stuff will be on my "don't use" list. Unfortunately it was the one that tested best in a couple of reviews I read through. Next time I'll roll it ;-)
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    Do you have a vacuum bag setup? Might work well for those top glue-ups in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Do you have a vacuum bag setup? Might work well for those top glue-ups in the future.
    I have toyed with the idea of getting a bag and vac but, do this sort of thing so rarely I couldn't spare the real estate to store or use. I did get through the process and even have the outer edges trimmed already. Got interrupted again by a phone call though and now its pushin' bed time for this old goat ;-)
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    Timely thread for me Glenn...need to replace my outfeed table this summer sometime. I haven't seen that ShopnNotes issue...will have to go steal it from my dad after work today.
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    Ah, so many ways now to hold things still

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    Not fair thats bragging...lol

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