Building the Ultimate Garage Woodshop #6: Pimp My Table Saw (EYE Candy)

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Not much progress on the actual garage lately… I’m waiting for someone to help me put the electrical together. Its a little over my head, since I need to reroute entire circuits, add 220, etc.

So instead I’ve been working on my table saw.

Here’s where it started, with a used DeWalt 746 hybrid table saw. Honestly I’ve never given Hybrids much thought. I had always drooled over the new Unisaw and Sawstop. But I came across this little gem and love it! Its powerful (2hp), smooth, quiet, portable, and has full dust collection around the blade. And it was a killer deal.

And since my new shop is even smaller than my old shop, I am unfortunately going to have to downsize somehow. So I am combining my table saw and router table, and SELLING this:

For Sale: $350 obo (the materials alone cost more than that) Send me a message if you are interested

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I loved my router table. But it is huge, and I don’t have the space anymore. But the main advantage of combining my router table/saw is that I can use the same Incra fence for both :)

I just need to set a series of calibrated stops for the router and saw. I will need two positions for the saw, at 0-16” and 16-32”, since I only have the 17” positioner (if you are familiar with Incra products you will know what I mean. But the positioner holds several sliding scales so I can have one dedicated to each position.

Here is the beginning of the fence installation, for which I only needed to order the TS rails. I am just using the positioner off the old router table:

Once the fence rails were installed, I built the two table saw wings/extensions. My DW 746 came with those flimsy stamped steel extensions. So I removed them and built my own with two layers of 3/4” birch plywood, surrounded by a hardwood boarder and white laminate on top.

Once these were mounted to the TS rails on the saw, I used my original router template to cut the opening for the router lift. I had actually saved it from when I made my first router table… just in case!

Then I used the Incra fence, which was conveniently already installed, as a guide to rout a channel for the router miter track, which went just a few inches to the left of the router.

Finally I added a zero-clearance insert and after a little tuning up, my saw was pretty much complete!

I think the only thing left is to build a box around the router lift for dust collection and noise reduction. It will also include a magnetic safety switch.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 183 days ago


That looks like a great set-up! Nice to see your progress. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 182 days ago

Hey Blake, nice to see you in the saddle again.
Looks like a nice TS Router combo, that does save a lot of room.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 182 days ago

You’re doing a fine job. Nice setup on your new ts. Someone will be very happy to purchase your fine router table

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 182 days ago

That has turned out amazing Blake, you must be happy with that fine and build. It should serve you well in your new shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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James Lango

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#5 posted 182 days ago

Blake, thats awesome! Always wanted to add a router into my tablesaw. Good use of otherwise “wasted” space. Good work.


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 180 days ago

Hang tight brother – I will be there!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 174 days ago

What a fine job done.
It will be a lovely work station.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 174 days ago

I’ve had that Dewalt tablesaw for about ten years, love it. I have the sliding table where you have your router. Built a melamine box inside the legs for dust collection (ditched the shroud setup, works great). Sharkguard guy makes a quick release splitter set for it.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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