Folding Outfeed Table for My Bandsaw

I don’t enjoy working with powered machines nearly as much as I enjoy working with hand tools, but I do rely a lot on my bandsaw for cutting down big pieces of wood into smaller pieces.  My main bandsaw is a 14″ Steel City saw, which has the capacity to cut material that’s almost a foot thick.

I use this bandsaw especially for sawing sections of logs into boards, which is very difficult to do if I don’t have adequate outfeed support for the workpiece.  (I’ve tried balancing a long board on the bandsaw’s table alone.  I didn’t get good results.)  If you do a lot of long rips, and especially resawing, consider putting a similar outfeed table on your bandsaw.

Here’s the outfeed table I came up with:

Bandsaw Folding Outfeed Table 2019

I had looked around online for designs for a bandsaw outfeed table and found very little (maybe I was looking in the wrong places).  The outfeed table I envisioned needed to meet two main requirements:

  1. It needed to attach to the saw itself, mainly for stability.  You can buy free-standing devices for outfeed support, but I doubted their ability to adequately support the kinds of workpieces I’ll be putting through this saw.  And besides, they cost money, and I was pretty sure I could build something with stock I had on hand.
  2. It needed to fold up flat against the saw.  Space is at a premium here, and I have a couple tools all crowded into the same space.  So a folding table is a must.

I eventually settled on a design in which legs are attached to the sides of a solid table with long wood screws so the legs can pivot.  The legs stand on a little riser to keep the table co-planar with the band saw’s table.  (That’s the one little compromise I had to make with this design.  If the legs were long enough on their own, they would be too long to fold up alongside the table.)

The outfeed table itself is just glued up out of 2X stock I had lying around.

Bandsaw Folding Outfeed Table 2019

After the glue was dry, I leveled it off with a jack plane.  I didn’t need a perfect surface, just something that workpieces won’t catch on.  And at least I got to use a hand tool on this project.

The table is (about) the same width as the bandsaw table, and it’s as long as the distance from the underside of the table to the floor, or really a hair under.

The only mildly challenging part was attaching the table to the rails on the bandsaw table, which required drilling through the rails, inserting a wooden spacer, and attaching hinges with bolts and stop nuts.  (Depending on how your bandsaw table is constructed, you might have to modify the hinge placement/attachment process.)  Bandsaws produce a lot of vibration, which can shake nuts loose quickly.  I think the stop nuts will hold, though.

Bandsaw Folding Outfeed Table 2019

The wooden spacer had to be just thick enough to put the top of the outfeed table at the same level as the top of the bandsaw table.  It took me a couple tries to get it exactly right.

Bandsaw Folding Outfeed Table 2019

The table folds down perfectly.  With the table down, I can wheel the saw back up against the wall if I need extra space.

Bandsaw Folding Outfeed Table 2019

I had to position the cross-member on the legs so that it cleared the housing for the belt and pulley.

I haven’t yet stress-tested it with really heavy material, but it works just fine so far on light-duty cuts.  If the legs turn out to be too spindly (they’re only 3/4″ thick) I’ll replace them with some thicker ones.

In the meantime, I have some sections of pecan logs that need to be sawn up into proper boards.

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39 Responses to Folding Outfeed Table for My Bandsaw

  1. Nice sensible approach to an out feed table. I need one as well.

    • maitreya wit says:

      Dear Mr/Mrs
      Wow that’s a super cool solution for the very limited space that you have on the bandsaw especially when you may want to move the bandsaw over, it’s Hardly any bigger that a normal bandsaw but when you need the extra space you can just flip open the out feed table and there it is! Easily the most simple yet effective solution to a problem I have seen in a long while. Thank you for sharing this solution with us !
      Maitreya wit.

  2. mdhills says:

    How do you manage the first (squaring) cuts on the logs? I didn’t see a slot for a sled — does that mean you are free-handing it?

    • Essentially, yes. But I seldom cut logs in the round. My usual approach is to split the log in at least half, and often in quarters. If the grain runs true, I can sometimes run the workpiece right through. Sometimes I will square it up a bit more with a hewing hatchet or drawknife. A single-point rip fence works well to maintain consistent thickness, though I have been known to follow a chalkline freehand. This method naturally produces quarter-sawn stock. I need to do a whole blog post on this eventually.

  3. Sylvain says:

    Good idea.
    “The wooden spacer had to be just thick enough to put the top of the outfeed table at the same level as the top of the bandsaw table. It took me a couple tries to get it exactly right.”
    In addition, a small bevel on the entry side might prevent any catching risk would the table swell.
    30″ with a plane (à la Paul Sellers). You don’t even need to disassemble it.
    Sylvain

  4. Rowan Holleman says:

    Thank you for sharing this! This is an absolutely amazing solution for getting a proper amount of table space for the bandsaw, but it not taking in space in my workplace. This is actually such a simple solution but, like you mentioned in your blog, I couldn’t find any proper designs that suited my needs. The only thing I’d still like to resolve is the issue with the legs being too long without the use of a riser, but I think that would probably involve having to make compromises in the stability of the table. Still, I think I might just spend some more time to figure out how to get the legs the proper length.
    I am wondering, however whether or not the stop nuts indeed provide enough grip to hold everything in place while you were using your bandsaw, or do you recommend trying something else instead? Also, do you think the legs turned out to be too lanky or did they prove to be strong and stable enough for when you were using the table?

    • So far the legs are sturdy enough, and I’ve been sawing up 6-8″ sections of logs on it. The stop nuts seem to hold on just fine, though I will check them periodically. If you wanted to build something like this but didn’t want to use the risers for the legs, you could make the table fold up against the saw instead of down. It would be relatively easy to rig up some kind of catch to keep the table from falling back down. The only downside is that you couldn’t really use the saw with the table folded up. (That’s the nice thing about the fold-down design–I can use the saw for little jobs with the table folded up.) I opted for the fold-down design because I am working under a very low ceiling.

      Another option instead of risers is extendable legs–perhaps leg extensions with slots and attached to the regular legs with a bolt and wingnut. I’m sure there are other options, too.

      • Rowan Holleman says:

        That’s a good point. I didn’t quite think about the downsides of a table that’d fold up, but you’re completely right about it being a nuisance when you’re working on smaller pieces. I might try something with extendable legs then.

        Thank you for your quick reply!

  5. Klaas sinter says:

    Thanks for sharing this. It is a great solution for a small workshop with limited space. Instead of putting a big saw there you use a bandsaw and a outfeed table. It is an simple solution and is not expensive at all. How the table is attached to the saw table looks really solid. However the legs looks like if you bump it they will break. You also mentioned that they are only ¾ thick. Mabey next time you should make a cross in the middle?! Its an suggestion. You also could use a trestle to put underneath the work table. You can level a trestle as high as you want and its stable.

  6. kelly van den broek says:

    Hi, Thanks for shearing this whit us. I think you did a great job. I think you saved yourself money to do it by yourself. In staid of buying something that maybe isn’t what you want or maybe it doesn’t fit. Most of the time if you find something on the internet it isn’t exactly where you looking for. But if you do it by yourself, you can make what you want and how you want. Also I think that it is great that you do most of the things you make whit your hands. Most of the people I know use machines to do everything.

  7. Floris Plazier says:

    Nice to see how you made a longer part for your band saw. I can imagine it is difficult to saw bigger pieces. I think I am going to do the same for my band saw. It will be nice and easy to fold and put against the wall. But I think I’m going to do it a little bit different. I think I use a plate of multiplex fore the foldable part. It will be a little bit smaller. Not that big and heavy.
    thanks for sharing. I am going to use the idea.

  8. Great solution, well done, I think I am going to do something simulair but the for my thicknesser, it also has a very short outfeed table, maybe a project for the future. This is a very nice example of how it van be done. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Monica Heijnsdijk says:

    First of all let me say that I also enjoy working with hand tools a more than
    working with powered machines. But it depends on the kind of machine and the handwork that needs to be done. I would have expected that you needed a flat and smooth surface as we say because the wood needs to glide smoothly alongside the outfeed table. Guess this works too?

  10. Rinke van Eeden says:

    this is an excellent usage of limited workspace all though I am a bit concerned about the stability of the table legs, because it looks a bit unstable and I would suggest the use of a trestle which will make it a bit stronger. its a good use of spare parts too and I have a limited work space as well. and this gave me a few ideas on how to solve some problems I am having with my work space. thank you for sharing this and I hope I gave some useful insight

  11. Tim Wennekes says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    What a smart solution for such a problem and I also think u saved a lot of money by making it yourself.

    I understand that if you have to saw wood into long pieces, it is nice to have a outfeed table for good stability and for draining the wooden planks

    Also very smart and handy is that you can fold it to save space in the workplace, so that it never gets in the way.

    I think it’s good to connect it with stop nuts! The Band saw can indeed cause vibrations, so that the table indead could come loose and you don’t want that ofcourse
    Anyway I think you’ve done a nice job!

  12. melvin flach says:

    Thank you for writhing this blog. Your story is easy to read and the pictures look great. I have not seen a band saw with a folding table, but it look great and very handy. If someone does not have much space in their work space then this is a perfect solution. Even without finding much good examples the folding still looks great, but I think that there are not much pictures of it because there are not much bandsaw machines with a folding table. But after I read this I think that there should be made more of those folding tables for bandsaws because the look very handy.

  13. alias says:

    This is indeed literary a workshop blog. This is again very helpful for other users of a band saw. it is a shame that you could not use a longer table because you wanted it to be out of the way when you are not using it. That is very reasonable. I was wondering, is it possible to make a table whom is not attached permanent to the band saw. you said that it is not stable, but maybe you can make something on the band saw and the table so it is easily attach to each other and still be stable. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to the next blog.

  14. Good usage of limited space. In my shed I have similar problems with space and I don’t even have a bandsaw yet. I have one question though: does the stock not catch on the space between the outfeed table and the bandsaw? Or is there no possibility to make some sort of rebate which covers the gap? Thanks for the post

    Damian

  15. Thank you for sharing this great idea for a small workshop! right now I do not own a bandsaw because I always thought that I did not have enough space in my workshop for a big bandsaw with an fixed outfeed table, but after seeing your blog I will definitely be looking for a bandsaw. And when I find a the perfect saw I will build a outfeed table based on our idea, but I will try to make it without the riser. I think that could be solved by making the legs hinge in the middle. By doing that the legs can fold unto each other, then the legs can be as long as needed.

    Greetings,
    Naomi

  16. Adeline van Rikxoort says:

    Thanks for sharing! It is an simple solution and is not expensive at all. I’ll keep it in mind for my future workplace. Only mines would be a little different. You made it out of massive wood, that’s quite heavy, especially if you have not such a stable leg underneath it. My top would be multiplex then, because it is lighter. Still, thank you for the great idea!

    Adeline

  17. Youri says:

    Great way of solving a limited space workshop. Also a cheaper solution to use some wood you had laying around. Great blog and thank you for showing us the steps you took to make this.
    I don’t have a bandsaw yet but I am looking for one, and when i have one i’ll be sure to use this method.

  18. Joas Hoogendijk says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I actually prefer powered tools. It is just faster and easier to use. But I really like your way how you made it. Maybe I would personally make the top out of plywood. That stays longer flat and it is also less time to make. Also the solution to make the table to the band saw is a great way to store and put it out of the way.

    Maybe I will make it on my own band saw because it is very handy for long boards and logs.

  19. Chris says:

    Thanks for sharing this blog,
    It is a very clever solution for this problem. My bandsaw had a small table to so I have to make a table too. I have not much space in my workshop so I have to make him foldable too. You can use some scrap wood to reduce the costs of the project. I think a heavy outfeed table is a very good idea to reduce the vibration from the bandsaw. Maybe I am going to make one for my table saw.
    Thanks for this good idea.

  20. Colin Jansen says:

    thank you for sharing this!
    what a clever way of creating extra space on your bendsay, such a simple sollution but also so complicated. simply genius! this will help me a lot, i am struggeling with workspace in my workshop right now. but thanks to you clever sollution i wont have to struggle anymore. i am thinking of making an attachment system so i can use it on many more of my tools.

  21. Colin SDW says:

    Thank you for sharing,
    You’ve made a nice outfeed table!
    It’s always nice to have an outfeed table when youre working with long pieces of wood or plywood.
    I would like to address though that it would be a lot more convenient if you’d have used exterior plywood coated with phenolic film, the film will immensely help with sliding the wood or plywood around.. Of course I have never used a solid wooden outfeed table before so I won’t judge.

    Anyway it’s nice to see that you have made it yourself and did not pay for any overpriced add-on for your bandsaw.

    Really cool!
    Colin

  22. dionne says:

    thanks for sharing this blog,
    I am amazed that the lime saw can cut so thick. sawing the palms is also a good idea. the table made looks good! I also think it is very smart that you mount it on the machine. this also ensures that the blade is the same as the machine. I understand that it was probably spanned to drill into your machine, but I also think it will make it much stronger. and that he can collapse naturally is ideal. it saves so much space. I will certainly do this at home too! top idea
    I can’t wait for the next project
    Dionne

  23. swagtor69420 says:

    to start with i really like the simple approche you took those ones usually come out best. i would think that you can make a ripping fence which is as long as your band saw and outfeed table and is also removeable for easy storage and with that attachment you could easily make the first squaring cuts. but bisedis that i think the table is an awesome addition to any bandsaw within a confined space or room. thanks for sharing an amazing idea

  24. remon van dam says:

    Great idea the folding outfeed table it safe al lot of spaces. But I wonder if you go to saw a big pieces of wood. Is the folding outfeed table stable enough. Don’t have it any vibrations? But I think the idea self is great I have at home also not a lot of space. And think I will also make something like this for my saw table. Thanks for the great idea.

  25. Metin says:

    Hi, thank you for sharing this incredible idea with us! I like that you have made a little table for youre saw in a smal workspace. If i had a saw myself i would make a table like this one for my saw. But is the table stable enough for the wood? I think that i wont be using big pieces of wood for it.
    But a beautiful solution for the smal space.

    Metin

  26. Pim Viergever says:

    That’s a pretty handy solution to save some space, I think it is handy to use when cleaning up the workshop and also not expensive at all
    Thank’s for sharing this!

  27. Noah Dirksen says:

    Nicely done! Making your machines better and easier to use is always a good thing. I don’t work a whole lot with the bandsaw but, I know if you have to cut large pieces of wood on such a machine it’s better to have someone with you to help out a bit. But this is good solution as well. It’s also a good thing that you’re using wood from stock. Because sometimes wood gets put in stock just to lay around in one place and to eventually be thrown away. Avoiding such disasters is always a great thing. One more thing: don’t forget to clean up your workplace. A clean workplace is a nice workplace.

  28. Nand Bovendeaard says:

    thank you for sharing this with us it is really nice to see someone upgrading his machine or making It easier to handle it.
    It is also great that you use wood from your own stock.
    I work a lot with the Bandsaw this is a great idea for later when I have my own workplace and for other machines

    Thank you Paul for this idea.

  29. dorus stoop says:

    hello,
    that is such great solution of you need to saw long pieces of wood. at first i thougt, arent you afraid the table falls off. but then i saw you attached it to the saw itself, great idea. i also like that u used wood from your own workplace, so you dont have to waste money on it. plus, it helps to clean up the workplace because you dont have that wood laying around now. i dont work a lot with the bandsaw, but i really like the solution u came up with. i will keep this in mind.

  30. Tymen SV says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I think you have done an amazing job on designing and creating this simple but also complex folding outfeed table. I absolutely love the fact that you are able to fold it so it won’t take workspace in. And also its great because you don’t have to carry it around after you are done using it. Personally, I would use ply wood instead of solid wood incase you want to use your band saw to cut important pieces. Because I think the condition it is in now is perfect for rough cutting but not so much for precision work. Keep up the good work!

  31. paul says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience, i think you did a great job of extending your bandsaw table. but im just curious if the legs are stable enough and not wiggle, because if they do you should maybe reconstruct them with triangles u can fold too so it will be more stable. and i approve on the attaching it to the bandsaw itself. i think that the extension because it is attached to the bandsaw does not fall over.

  32. Luc Belder says:

    Thank you for this idea,I think it is a really good solution for the bandsaw. The only thing I would do is make the top of the table from plywood wit HPL because your wood runs a lot smoother over the surface. What I have done myself Is made a table at the same height as the bandsaw machine i made it on wheels with very good brakes. I drive him next to the bandsaw and put it on the brake and it doesn’t go anywhere, and also I can drive my wood on the table to the next machine.
    Thank you for the post.

  33. Jongeneel says:

    Thanks for sharing this!

    I actually like powered tools more. It is just faster and easier to use. But I really like like your way, it is also a good solution. Maybe I would personally make the top out of plywood. That stays longer flat and it is also less time to make. But the solution to make the table to the band saw is a great way to store and put it out of the way. It takes a lot of space from your workshop. I am thinking to make this on my own band saw because it is not very handy if I have to saw big pieces of wood.

    Keep going with the blogs I personally learn a lot from it, thank you.

  34. eric wouters says:

    I think your design is a very smart design. It is so easy now to construct your new table. It is also easy to dismantle the table. It saves so much space in your workspace. I would never think of such a smart idea myself. Is not it a smart idea to screw a board to the band saw plate and place a trestle below it. You need only to put away the trestle when you are finished with the band saw. Would not it be a good idea to try to use the same table for all the other machines in your workplace.

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