When I built the router table as an extension of my table saw I had in mind using it as more than a router station. For starters it allows me to make wider rips on my table saw, but it does a few more things and I’m not done yet.
[Above and below] Like others of its brethren, my router station can be used with or without the fence. I have a vacuum port set in the fence as well as one for the cabinet depending on which one I think will work best.
[Below] The router is mounted to a wooden base plate that sits in a rectangular hole in the table. I can also take it out for changing bits or to remove it completely.
[Above and Below] Before building this base, I simply clamped my belt sander to the bench to do sanding on smaller work. This base adds an advantage aside from the work surface. In the edge sanding position the vacuum from the router station takes away most of the resulting dust. When used in the flat on its back position, the dust extraction doesn’t work very well.
[Below] I also made a small disk sander from a spare drill. This one also benefits from the vacuum in the router station. Both of these sanders can be used just clamped to a work bench if I don’t want to remove the sander.
I have one more thing I want to build for this station. I plan on building a scroll saw from a spare jig saw I’ve got laying around. I’ll get to it eventually.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!