Things You'll Need
- 4 lengths of 2-by-2 lumber, 33 inches long
- 4 lengths of 2-by-2 lumber, 36 inches long
- 2 lengths of 2-by-2 lumber, 30 inches long
- 30-by-36-inch piece of 1/2-inch sanded plywood
- Tape measure
- Framing square
- Power drill with bits
- Box of 2 1/2-inch deck screws
- Box of 1 1/2-inch deck screws
Portable table saws are ideal for use on a job site. These small, table-top or contractor's table saws are often light enough to carry, or are equipped with a mobile saw-stand. The problem with smaller table saws -- when compared to a cabinet-sized table saw -- is that the saw's outfeed table is also small. This makes cutting large sheets of plywood difficult. To address the problem, you can build a table-saw outfeed table to help support large pieces of stock.
Place the four, 33-inch boards on edge parallel to one another on a flat work table. The two, outside boards should be 30 inches apart. The two remaining boards in the center should be equally spaced.
Position the two, 30-inch boards on edge, perpendicular to the ends of the four boards you placed on the table. Connect the boards with a pair of 2 1/2-inch deck screws through each joint. Use a power drill.
Place the plywood over the completed frame. Attach the plywood to the frame with four, 1 1/2-inch deck screws.
Measure the distance from the top of the saw-table to the floor, and subtract 1/2-inch from that measurement. Cut each of the four remaining boards to this length. These boards will serve as legs for the outfeed table.
Flip the frame upside-down. Position one of the four remaining boards vertically in one corner of the frame. Check to see that the board is square to the frame with a framing square. Attach the board to the frame with three, 2 1/2-inch deck screws. Repeat the process for the other three legs.
Turn the table over, and place it at the back of the saw-table. The completed outfeed table will help support long pieces of wood as they are being cut by the table saw.
For additional support, build a second outfeed table. Place it to the left of the table saw for supporting wide sheets of plywood.
Always wear safety glasses when working with power tools.
Chris Baylor has been writing about various topics, focusing primarily on woodworking, since 2006. You can see his work in publications such as "Consumer's Digest," where he wrote the 2009 Best Buys for Power Tools and the 2013 Best Buys for Pressure Washers.