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The Down to Earth Woodworker
By Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

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The Under-The-Tablesaw Infeed, Outfeed, Utility, and Storage Cabinet Is Finished!

The wrap-up video to this project is complete and you can watch it by clicking here. All in all, this was a fun, easy, and difficult project. Easy and difficult? Well, yes, it is a relatively easy concept, but accurate measurements and accurately cutting out parts are critical steps, as is the assembly. For example, if the dados on the insides of the legs that hold the parts and form the channels for the aluminum square tubing are off by even a smidge, the whole thing simply will not work. Measure and cut carefully, and everything will work out fine.

Figure 7 - The cabinet rolls right under the extension wing of my SawStop PCS

As an infeed table for the tablesaw, this cabinet allows me to concentrate on guiding the stock and keeping it pushed tight to the fence, without thinking about holding the end of the stock up and level with the saw's top. Even after just a short period of time, it has already improved my cuts, made me feel safer, and frankly, at the end of the day, a little less tired.

Figure 8 - In the upper position, the cabinet
makes a great outfeed table for the bandsaw

As an outfeed table for the bandsaw, the cabinet is awesome. In fact, this may be my favorite use for this project. I use my bandsaw frequently to rip pieces that have significant flaws in the wood (knots, cracks, etc.) before moving on to the tablesaw. I also do a considerable amount of resawing, and I used to struggle to get roller stands in place (and to stay in place) to catch longer pieces coming off the rather small bandsaw table. But no more!

Figure 9 - As an infeed table, the cabinet allows me to concentrate fully on
making a safe and accurate cut rather than holding up the board

By simply switching the roller top for the plain top, the cabinet makes a nice auxiliary stand. So far I have used it to hold my benchtop oscillating spindle sander and my Leigh D4R Dovetail Jig, and have covered it with some paper and used it to hold some small projects during finishing.

Figure 10 - With the plain top installed, the cabinet makes a great stand for
benchtop power tools

I still need to take a day and make the drawers and a door to cover the front of the cabinet. I'm looking forward to having some additional storage space.

Figure 11 - The cabinet excels as an outfeed table for my bandsaw

A couple of small notes… some newspapers call this "errata." Yep, I made an error. In the video I said that there are 30 of the roller ball bearings, but there are actually 40. I can count, but sometimes I can't remember… chalk it up to age.

Also in the video I mentioned using a 1/4" neoprene washer between the top-leveling knobs and the metal plates… I quickly found that the 1/4" washers were too small. I changed to a fiber fender washer with a 5/16" hole in the middle and a total diameter of 1-1/4". This works much better.

Just like with the SawStop Outfeed Table Project, I will post some additional information on the Under-The-Tablesaw Cabinet Project on my website where you can download this information for free. If you build this project, please be sure to send me a photo. I look forward to seeing your builds, and your enhancements!

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Steven Johnson is retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life). Steven can be reached directly via email at sjohnson@downtoearthwoodworking.com


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