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Removable Outfeed Table

Like many woodworkers, full-extension drawer my workshop is located in the garage. And since my tools share space with the car, I need to be able to move equipment around and "park" it out of the way.

Finding a mobile base for my table saw was easy enough. But the problem was the outfeed table. There just isn't enough room for one that is permanently attached.

My solution was to build a table that could easily be removed when the saw needed to be stored, as you can see in the photo at right.

What makes this work are a pair of heavy-duty, slides that are screwed to the sides of the saw, as shown in the exploded view below.

Then I attached a U-shaped hardwood frame to the slides to hold the table, as in Fig. 2. The drawer slides are able to support up to 100 lbs.

The table is made from 3A" melamine-covered particleboard cut to the same width as the saw table. A pair of 3A"-wide grooves cut in the top match the miter slots to allow the miter gauge to slide past the blade.

To keep the table from sliding around, I screwed three brackets to the bottom of the table, as shown in Fig. 1. The brackets also raise the table flush with the saw table.

Now when I want to move the saw out of the way, all I have to do is lift off the tabletop and slide in the frame.

Mike Dunn Winton, California

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Grooves match miter slots in saw table

Screw mounting brackets to outfeed table

Outfeed table made from 3A" melamine

Leave space for frame and drawer slides


Removable outfeed table rests on full-extension — drawer slides mounted on the table saw

Attach mounting

-frame to drawer slides

Screw drawer slide to saw cabinet

NOTE: Frame parts are made with -thick hardwood


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Andy Pollock of Northampton, MA screwed a piece of aluminum angle to his workbench to provide a place to wipe off putty knives.

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"Quick" Dust Covers

Dust is a problem in just started using plastic wrap about every workshop. It can be damaging to electronics, like the battery recharging stations for many power tools. To keep out the dust, I recently covers with a built-in elastic band. You can find them in the storage aisle of many grocery stores.

Tim Reagan Chatsworth, California

Router Table Edge Trimming

Trimming solid wood edg- To use it, attach the ing flush with a plywood panel can be a pain. But I've discovered a technique that makes it much easier.

As you can see in the photo at right, I use my router table to trim the edging. The secret behind this method is a tall auxiliary fence that "floats" just above the table top. This lets the oversize edging slide under the fence before it's trimmed.

The fence is made from a piece of plywood with a notch cut in one edge to fit around a flush trim bit, as in Fig 1.

fence to the existing fence with double-sided tape. Then set the fence flush with the bearing on the bit, as in Fig. la.

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Andy Pollock of Northampton, MA screwed a piece of aluminum angle to his workbench to provide a place to wipe off putty knives.

Vise Hold-Down

Traditional hold-downs work great for securing a workpiece. The problem is the stem of the hold-down sticks down so far that it would run into the cabinet under my workbench.

To get around this problem, I mounted the hold-down to a hardwood block and clamped it in place in the bench vise.

Mike Bergen Corvallis, Oregon

Secure block in bench vise

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Mount hold-down to block

Secure block in bench vise

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Template • Routing:

With a template and special bit you can carve boxes and trays in just about any shape.


ypically, most router work is done on the outside or end of a work-piece — like cutting joints or shaping an edge. But I've found it works just as well to carve out the inside.

That's what I'm doing with the box in the photo above. The best part is the amount of time you save. With a chisel and carving gouges this would take hours. But with a router, it takes a few minutes.

The problem is it's too difficult to control the router freehand and get a consistent depth, perfect shapes, and a smooth, even surface. The solution is to find a way to guide the router. To do that I used a template.

The way a template works is simple: you start by cutting out the shape of your final product in a piece of MDF (the template). The template is then attached to the workpiece. A bearing on the router bit follows the edge of the template as it carves out the workpiece.

Templates are great for making copies of a project later on. You can quickly make as many as you want without extra set up or hassle.

selecting template stock. Before you get down to routing, you'll need to have the right template. And making a good template starts with selecting the right template material. What you use depends a lot on the type of bit that you're using.

For the inside routing needed for the boxes, I used a tray bit (see the box on the opposite page). This bit has a large bearing mounted on the shank above the cutting head. The bearing is what touches the template and guides the bit. Now with a big bit like this, you'll want to take several passes (more on this later). So the template needs to be thick enough to touch the bearing for the first cuts and when the bit is lowered to its final depth.

You have a few options for the template stock: plywood, solid wood, or MDF. Like I mentioned earlier, I like to use MDF. The main rea- flfc son is that it's flat and stable. Unlike ^^ solid wood, MDF isn't going to expand or contract with the seasons. That way if I want to use the template again in the future, I can be sure I'll get the same results.

Another thing MDF has going for it is it's easy to work with. It takes and holds details very well. Since it's made from wood fibers, there won't be any voids like plywood. This also makes sanding easy and fast.

Finally, it's pretty cheap. So you don't have to worry about any mistakes. While this sounds like a miracle product, I should warn you there is a downside. MDF can be messy. Cutting, sanding, and routing creates a lot of fine dust.

making templates. Now you're ready to make the template. I start with a paper pattern showing the template layout The pattern is then glued to the MDF blank with spray adhesive, as in Fig. 1.

Shaping a template is a two-part process. First, is rough cutting the shape. Next, you'll smooth the profile. Most of the waste is cut out with a jigsaw or scroll saw. But before sawing, I take the opportunity to

Attach paper pattern to template blank with spray adhesive for shaping

Attach paper pattern to template blank with spray adhesive for shaping

Woodworking Templates Trays
Templates are made from MDF for use with the tray bit

drill out the corners with a Forstner bit that matches the radius exactly, as in Fig. 2. This way I don't have to try to perfectly match the radius by sanding. This also gives you a "starter" hole for doing the cutting. Note: The radius of the corners should be equal to or greater than the radius of the bit you'll be using.

The second step is smoothing. I used a drum sander to slowly sneak up on the layout lines (Fig. 3). Once that is complete, you're ready to put your template to work.

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