How to Build an Outfeed Table

Simple, adjustable and inexpensive

Make a handy outfeed support that adjusts to fit your table saw, band saw, planer or router. All you need is some scrap wood and a handful of inexpensive casters.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

TIME

One day

COMPLEXITY

Simple

COST

Under $20

Building the support

Need a hand to support jumbo workpieces at the table saw, drill press, band saw, router table or planer? You'll work a lot safer and easier and achieve better results if you grab some scrap wood and construct this stand. You'll need:

  • Two 18-in.-long 1x2s
  • One 18-in.-long 1x4
  • One 12-in. x 28-in. x 3/4-in. plywood sheet
  • 1x2 height adjustment boards
  • Twelve light-duty swiveling casters with 1-1/4-in.-diameter wheels
  • 3/4-in. No. 10 pan head wood screws
  • 1-1/2-in. drywall screws

Lay out mounting lines every 1-3/4 in. along the 1x4. Attach the casters with the pan head screws, staggering the casters on alternate edges of the 1x4 so they won't collide when they swivel. Center and screw the 1x2s on one end of the plywood to make a T-shaped base, and screw the caster board to both 1x2s.

Clamp the whole assembly to a sawhorse and hold it alongside the tool's table. Adjust the height so the tops of the casters are flush with the table. Screw on a separate height adjustment cleat for any other tools you have that could use more support for long boards. Then you won't have to waste time on setup every time you move to a new tool.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Countersink drill bit
  • Level
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Table saw

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 1x2
  • 1x4
  • 3/4-plywood
  • Swiveling casters
  • 1-5/8-in. drywall screws
  • 3/4-in. x #10 pan head wood screws