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How to Make a Plywood Springboard for a Rolling Outfeed Table

An outfeed accessory is vital when working with long boards on a table tool such as a table saw or a jointer. This plywood support will give boards stability as they move through the tool.

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make plywood springboard for rolling outfeed table
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Attach the Plywood to the Wood Block

Rolling outfeed tables catch and support a work piece on its way out of a table tool, but a rolling outfeed table may not work correctly if the work piece has a divot or an uneven edge. A homemade plywood springboard can handle those imperfections.

The first step to making a plywood springboard is to use drywall screws to attach one short end of the 24" x 6" x 1/4" piece of plywood to one long end of the 6" x 3" x 1-1/2" wood block. Countersink the screws so their heads are flush with or recessed into the board's surface.

attach plywood to wood block

Step 2: Adjust the Worktable

Place the block and plywood on the center of the worktable with the wood block on the side closest to the table tool. Adjust the height of the worktable so the highest point of the plywood board is even with the table tool.

adjust the worktable

Step 3: Pass the Work Piece Through the Tool

When the work piece passes through the table tool, it will slide onto the plywood board and slightly bend the board.

pass work piece through tool