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Outfeed Table / Workbench  | Mobile & Leveling

Outfeed Table / Workbench | Mobile & Leveling


I’ve needed to build an outfeed table
for some time now and a workbench for that matter
and since my shop is so small I figured I might as well make a mobile workstation
that can do both now the floors are so uneven in my garage that I wanted to try
something a little different let’s get started if you’ve watched any
of my previous videos you’ll have noticed that my workbench is just a pair
of sawhorses with a beat-up piece of plywood on top
far from being solid or stable the only thing I do like about this setup is that
it allows me to move it closer to my table saw when I need an outfeed table
or just fold it up and remove it completely when I need floor space with
that in mind I’m going to build a simple two by four mobile workbench with
casters so I can move it around and adjustable leveling feet so I can lock
it in place no matter how uneven the floors are I use around ten two by fours
for the base but bought some extra as you can see here I spent some time
sifting through the boards at the lumber store and pick the straightest ones
possible this is a 3D model of the workbench and what I’m doing right now
is working on building these three frames I have plans available for this
build on my website and you’ll find a link to those in the video’s description
below once all the pieces were cut I clamped a board to the workbench to use
as a stop so I could easily line up the ends and have something to hold the
boards in place while I assemble the frame I simply used a countersink bit to
drill pilot holes and then drove in some 3-inch screws to make things easier I
use spacer boards to position the other stretchers that way there’s no measuring
no marking and the board’s don’t move around on me while I’m driving the
screws after completing the first frame I
simply repeated the process for the middle frame now before assembling the
top frame I’m going to make some pocket holes so I can attach the top of the
workbench from underneath if I were using plywood I would probably just skip
this step and just screw the plywood down from above but since I’m going to
use melamine I want to avoid damaging the surface and keep it pristine
so with that done I assemble the frame making sure to keep all the pocket holes
facing upwards next I’ll get to work on the legs now
two of the legs will be assembled in a corner formation for added stability and
here I’m squaring up one edge of each board just I’ll have a straight flat
surface for assembly I made a few pocket holes and applied some glue before
aligning the boards and clapping them down while I drove in the pocket screws before assembly I’m going to add
additional blocks to the lower frame and this will be so that the caster wheels
have a big enough surface to rest on the good thing is that I can reuse the
spacer blocks I previously cut for assembly a couple more screws and I’ll
be ready to start putting this workbench together I’m a big fan of using a
physical reference rather than just a reference line when I can to install the
legs I’m using spacer blocks to raise up the lower frame to the desired height I
can then position the front corner legs and attach them again first making
countersunk pilot holes and securing them with screws the back legs are
single two by fours that I lined up with the back edge and use the speed square
to make sure it was square to the frame with all four legs attached to the lower
frame I cut another spacer block that I could pair up with the ones I had
previously used I went around and secured the blocks with some clamps and
then could just drop the middle frame into place and secure it with some
screws after a quick inspection from Zoe I got the green light to carry on with
the build using the same blocks again as supports I dropped the top frame into
place now you’ll notice this frame is wider at the back than the other levels
and now is a good time to explain this looking at the back of my saw you can
see all the potential obstacles here that would get in the way I’ve got dust
collection at the bottom of the saw and also have this overhead dust collection
hose here ultimately I determined that it would be best to leave extra room
between the base and the back of the saw to provide clearance for all of this so
back to assembly once I have the top nice and flush I could secure it with
some more screws doing my best to avoid the other screws which wasn’t always
obvious time to flip this thing over and install
the casters I’m going to inset the casters rather than put them under the
legs and I’ll explain why in just a second the only thing I should point out
here is to inset them far enough so that they clear the legs I thought of using
flip down casters like the one shown here but I’ve read they tend to fail
over time and they’re not cheap not to mention I don’t like the fact that they
stick out from the workbench anyhow I use some hex screws to attach the
casters and as you can see here the wheels protrude just past the legs so
the bench can move around freely while I secure the other casters I want to show
you how uneven my garage floor is not being level is one thing but having odd
slopes and dips like this one is a real challenge you can see here that my
wheels lose contact with the ground at times making the bench unstable that’s
why I’m going to add these heavy-duty leveling feet so I can not only
stabilize the outfeed table but also level it so it’s parallel with my table
saw for more info on these and all the materials that I used you’ll find
product links in the description below for the bottom and middle shelf I’m
using half-inch MDF because it’s cheaper than plywood and these really shouldn’t
get much abuse I had all my panels cut down at the lumber store leaving them
slightly oversized so I could then cut them down to their final size in the
shop this way I get a nice clean cut for the top of the workbench
I want a smooth slick nonstick surface so I’m going to try black melamine a lot
of people ask how to get a clean cut when it comes to melamine and here you
can see I’m using painters tape to help avoid chipping you can also lightly
score the surface before fully cutting it but by far the best way to get a
clean cut is to use a sharp melamine specific blade like this one I cut the
top so it would overhang the frame on all four sides I know I’ll end up using
this as a workbench and I want to have the flexibility to be able to easily
clamp stuff down after checking that the overhang was even on all sides I use
pocket screws to attach the top from underneath since this is quite an
awkward position and hard to see I finished driving all the screws by hand
so I wouldn’t overdrive them to hide those unsightly melamine edges and offer
some additional protection I’m going to trim the edges with some poplar a
hardwood like oak or maple would be even better as poplar is relatively soft
compared to those but for some reason I really like poplar and it’s a little
more affordable I applied a generous amount of melamine glue and temporarily
secured it with a few Brad nails I’ll then throw on some clamps I’ll be honest
here and say I’m not sure this will hold is I don’t think gluing wood to particle
board is the most solid but we’ll see if it shows signs of coming undone I’ll
likely add some visible through dowels or simply add some screws as you can see
here I did one side at a time leaving the trim long and then used a flush cut
saw to trim it down to length once it had dried and then repeated the process
for the next side I then send it and rounded all the
corners and also made sure to break the sharp edges as well I’ll probably add some wipe-on poly to
the trim eventually but for now I can roll it into place and test it up I
finally have a spot to store my mini crosscut sled and my hexagon cutting jig
as well as my sandpaper bin with lots of room to spare for future jigs and sleds
here’s a peek at the back of the table with plenty clearance for all the hoses if you’re interested I have plans
available for this build and you’ll find a link in the description below hey I
hope you like this video and if you did please give it a thumbs up and if you’re
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you soon

51 comments on “Outfeed Table / Workbench | Mobile & Leveling

  1. Terrific video! Thanks for posting. I really enjoy your content. Quick question – how do you like the shop fox track saw? Thinking about buying one.

  2. Hello my friend.

    I liked your wheeled workbench project for the workshop. I watched with admiration. I need such a bench too. Thank you for giving ideas and sharing. Warm hug. I wish you healthy and happy days. Great greetings….

  3. Bonjour, des vidéos toujours de qualités. Un vrai plaisir. De plus, il y a longtemps que je cherche une lame pour le mélaminé. Je vais donc voir si je trouve la même pour ma machine. Merci encore et au plaisir.

  4. Genius idea with the level feet…. can't tell you how many times I've caught my foot on my locking casters !
    Thanks for the link on those clamps, added to my wishlist.

  5. Great idea for the shop love the caster and leveling idea it's the leveling idea is also a great safety feature as well as locking into place when your working on your woodworking projects. Thank you for the great idea keep up the great videos

  6. And I thought MY garage (workshop) floor was bad ! Nice strong unit, I didn't think of melamine coated board for my table, used 18 mm MDF. Got it from a local builder's merchant and it seemed a bit heavy and dark. It came from Brasil and when given a coat of boiled linseed oil it turned the colour of dark chocolate ! Mmmm

  7. I have you 360 thumbs up👍
    I'm glad you continue to share your videos. You are great at what you do.
    The best to you.🤗

  8. Really beautiful job! 😃
    I'm going to have to build a few benches soon… But, now, I don't really know how soon it's going to be.
    Anyway, stay safe there! 🖖😊

  9. Nice work Marie, you're quite the professional, ma'am. I know that I miss several of your videos, but it's fun to see your progression. I need to start from scratch and make my first table saw sled, a full sized one, as opposed to your mini-sled. <3

  10. Great build Marie, love the idea of the Levelling Feet to go with the Castors, it's usually one or the other when you see other workbench/assembly tables.
    Barry (ENG)

  11. Very nice work. I just finished a tool station, and look to finish my table saw/assembly table soon. It's nice to draw inspiration from many woodworkers. Keep up the great work.

  12. I really like your solution for the wheels and that was an excellent tip to keep the poplar edging flush with the melamine surface!

  13. Very practical build. Thanks for sharing.
    By the way. It's said (and proven) that tripods are the best way to have a table(top) completely leveled.
    But till now I didn't see anybody making a tripod work bench, outfeed table or whatsoever. Can you be the first in the near future?

  14. Great work on the outfeed / workbench Marie! Thanks for sharing the video with us!💖👌👍😎JP

  15. Nice job Marie! I really like your caster mounting and the leveling feet! Well done. Great build and ideas for making a nice solid bench!

  16. Absolutely wonderful utility assembly table, outfeed table, etc. I think the caster and leveler implementation is fantastic! I learned a LOT from watching your video – many very nice techniques. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. Excellent video and build. I now know what my next project will be. Thanks for sharing. Keep safe and keep building.

  18. Thanks, I have been watching tons of videos on workbench/out feed taBlew for my small shop(16×16). This is by far the most straight forward, easy to built and sturdy build I’ve seen. Thanks again.

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