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Offline SoonerFan

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Finishing an Out Feed Table
« on: December 21, 2021, 09:23 PM »
I built an large out feed table for my SawStop PCS. The table is roughly 2140 mm by 2440 mm.  For the top I had always planned on two layers of 19 mm ply.  Then I had planned to cover the top in black laminate to match the SawStop table extension.  Figured this would be durable and make glue clean up easy since I will use it as an assembly table sometimes as well.

However, I found some really good maple plywood.  When I got the top dry fit on the base I really like how it looked.  It matches the legs and stretchers that I made by mailing some 8/4 hard maple I had left over from another table I built.  Now I am giving serious consideration to just applying a few coats of poly on the top and a couple coats on the legs/stretchers.  Couple questions:

1.  Should I just stick to the laminate plan as a better long term solution even though I prefer the look of the maple ply?  Makes my shop brighter which I appreciate. 

2.  If I stick adding with a few coats of poly what would you use?  I have used water based poly on other projects recently and had good luck.   I like that water based is easy to apply and clean up.  Plus if I don’t like it I could just sand a little and then add the laminate.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Online Bob D.

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2021, 09:38 PM »
When I build mine I did as you planned originally, used black laminate.
That was 11 years ago and it still looks good. But I did not have plywood
under it that was anything worth looking at. Nothing wrong with it just
not anything that would add interest. Tha laminate has worked well and
I don't regret my choice.
« Last Edit: December 21, 2021, 09:51 PM by Bob D. »
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2021, 09:46 PM »
@SoonerFan another option might be a white laminate you can use dry erase markers on. looks like about the same price as regular

https://www.homedepot.com/p/FORMICA-4-ft-x-8-ft-Laminate-Sheet-in-Markerboard-White-with-Gloss-Finish-009491290408100/303069216

Ron

Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2021, 10:26 PM »


Thanks @Bob D. for confirmation that laminate is the durable choice I had originally invisoned. 

@rvieceli great suggestion on the white laminate I could write on.  Thank you.

So far seems laminate is in the lead…

Offline cblanton42

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2021, 01:03 AM »
Wow!  That's a pretty large table at 7'x8', a double layer of 3/4" plywood for the top plus the material for the base means that sucker is gonna be HEAVY!   I assume you're not planning on moving it often. Lol!   Anyway, I have a homemade work assembly table and a tool vault I made from plywood about 5 years ago, I sprayed them with oil-based Helmsmen spar finish, have used them to death and both have held up very well, but they do have some damage.  If they would have been covered with laminate, they would probably still be perfect.  For your use, I think laminate is the best choice. 

Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2021, 12:46 PM »
@cblanton42 so far I like the table a lot but it is big and very heavy.  Once finished will not be moved often. 

All,
Given my table is larger than a sheet of laminate am I better off attaching the laminate a trimming with my TS75 or using a flush cut bit in my OF1400? 

Thanks.


Offline afish

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2021, 07:11 PM »
I would go laminate.  The extra slickness may help since its an outfeed as well plus the added bonus of glue being less likely to stick. I have MDF MFT tops but I will be doing laminate on the next set. 

Offline RussellS

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2021, 10:47 PM »
I will tell you what I did for my outfeed table on the table saw and for my router table.  White plastic laminate I bought as sheets.  Used the correct contact glue to glue them down.  My underlayment was particle board.

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2021, 11:35 PM »
My out feed is white laminate made from leftover kitchen bench top.

Slide ability is great as is glue cleanup.

Having the bullnose profile towards the table saw also helps with feeding sheet stock if it sags a bit and I’ve left a gap between the two surfaces the bullnose ‘catches’ it.


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Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2021, 05:16 PM »
@CeeJay that is a good idea.  Thanks for sharing. 

I had a little left over 8/4 maple from the table base.  I milled it into strips that were about 20 mm thick.  Going to edge band the plywood with this and then add the Formica I bought for the table a couple weeks back. 

The table is big and heavy but I do think I will like it.

Thanks FOG!


My out feed is white laminate made from leftover kitchen bench top.

Slide ability is great as is glue cleanup.

Having the bullnose profile towards the table saw also helps with feeding sheet stock if it sags a bit and I’ve left a gap between the two surfaces the bullnose ‘catches’ it.


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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2021, 08:42 PM »
I will tell you what I did for my outfeed table on the table saw and for my router table.  White plastic laminate I bought as sheets.  Used the correct contact glue to glue them down.  My underlayment was particle board.

That's what we use in the cabinet shop. A good coat of paste wax once in a while helps too.
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Offline SoonerFan

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Re: Finishing an Out Feed Table
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2022, 09:43 PM »
I did go with laminate after all.  I had two sheets of mat black hanging around and decided to use it.  It seems to match what comes on the Saw Top fairly well.  Table is now done.  Given the weight, I added some removable casters from Rockler.  I want to be able to move around to clean and periodically reposition when I try out new shop layouts.

I cut all the plywood for my under table Sys ports and some 5mm hard maple that I used for edge banding.  Table works great.  For me the table was one of those long over due shop projects that when finished I wonder why I did not do it sooner…..