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Workbench serves as tablesaw outfeed, too

"The key to this workbench, "Malen says, "is that it sits just 1/4" lower than my tablesaw. That way, I can use my bench also as a tablesaw outfeed table. It's an added bonus that the drawers slide out from both sides of the bench, providing easy access to everything I store there.

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  • A hardworking workbench

    The workbench in my single-stall garage shop does dual duty as both a workbench and an outfeed table for my tabesaw. As an outfeed table it was critical that my assembled workbench (with top) had to be about 1/4" shorter than the bottom edge of the miter-gauge grooves in my tablesaw top. When using a miter gauge in my tablesaw, the guide must just pass over the top edge of the workbench for clearance.

  • Fit the end-member parts

    To create the end frames I used dried 2x6 stock with both edges trimmed to remove the round corners. I glued the upright and crossmember pieces together, and later clamped the laminated uprights to the laminated crossmembers to check the fit. Then, I marked the mortise locations on the four 3"-thick uprights.

  • Easy drill-press mortises

    To create the mortises where marked on Slide 2 on each laminated upright, I bored within the marked perimeter lines with a Forstner bit, using a back block to prevent chip-out. After hogging out most of the material with the flat bottomed bit, I used jigsaw and a 1" chisel to finish forming the through mortises.

  • The completed end

    With the mortise completed, I glued the uprights to the crossmembers to create the end frame shown.

  • Finish the feet

    Next, I cut and glued in place the four short end pieces that mate with the crossmembers and fit flush against the uprights. I also cut and glued small strips to the bottom of the assembled end frames to create a foot on each bottom end of the end frames.

  • Next come the stretchers

    To allow for ease in assembly and disassembly of the bench, I created an opening in each of the four stretchers, allowing me to bolt the tenoned stretchers to the end assemblies.

  • Easy assembly/disassembly with bolts

    I fit the four tenoned stretchers between the two end assemblies, slid the bolts through the holes in ends assemblies and through the holes in the rails. I used flat washers and nuts to bolt the four stretchers between the end assemblies.

  • The completed stand

    Shown is the assembled workbench framework.

  • Simple plywood storage

    For the storage section of the workbench, I cut pieces of 3/4" birch plywood to create a snug-fitting box to fit within the opening in the assembled base. I banded the edges of plywood with solid stock to hide the plies.

  • Finishing touches

    For the drawers, I used 3/4" plywood for the front, back, and sides. And for the drawer bottoms I used 1/2" plywood. Solid oak was the wood of choice for drawer pulls. The drawers slide out both sides of the workbench allowing me to access tools and accessories when working on both sides of the bench. For the top, I used a damaged solid-core door for a local builder.

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