Getting my tools ready #5: Outfeed table with router?

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 02-27-2013 04:25 PM 4955 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My ol’ 1023sl grzzly mama bear has just had her face lift. LOL I’m getting the materials together and clearing space to install my 220 line. Thanks for the advice!

Looking around on LJ’s for an outfeed table that will serve as router table and assembly table. Shop space where sawing will occurr is narrow. For saftey reasons and mobility I thought I’d like to do a multipurpose table?

Found collapsable, dedicated, Norm lookalikes, and even checked out Woodwhisperer, cause Mark usually has something.

Problem: The router tables on saws are in extension, and my space is limited. The outfeeds are flat surfaced with slots for sleds, or mitergage.

Has any one built something similar to my multipurpose outfeed table?

What might be the challenges?


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 04:36 PM

Hi Doc, that looks like the 10 yr old Gizz I almost bought! After reading all the comments (yours too), I decided against it for $750 because it was a 3 phase 5hp monster and I had to either run a 3phase line to my shop (extra cost) or buy a different motor or buy an converter. . . . sort of like buying a 18 wheeler to go grocery shopping at Walmart! LWL!!! So by the time I can turn it on and use it, I might as well add a few more bucks and buy a brand new one that’s ready to go! I sure am glad I blogged it before buying it though. My fellow LJs were most helpful and I thank all for that! So now you’re ready to make something, hey?! Looks like you’re just having too much fun, Doc! :D

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 04:49 PM


Thanks for checking in. Mamabear is single phase. Got her on craig’s list. There was a 5hp single phase but it went quickly. My Craftsman was a pretty good saw. I kept her in good condition for 20 years. I was saving to by the 5 hp grizzly, and even asked the techs there about it. Single phase. This was half the cost and no shipping but I drove 2 hours to pick her up. Each way! The guy was a cabinet builder for 20 years and still going strong. All Grizzly tools? He was buying the new one because the rl has the riving knife, and this one had been in service for many years. Depreciated in his taxes?

Yeah I guess this is fun. More like relief? Making order out of chaos. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 05:09 PM

Doc, you might want to consider putting an extension on the right end. You have rails hanging out that way than can be used. Your router could be mounted in this extension. As for the outfeed table and limited space, I have mine off the back and it folds down for saw movement storage when not in use. Some pics..

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 07:33 PM

Thomas…You could always add a router lift to your table saw extension extension table. I have an extension table on my saw that is 36 wide and 96 long and have considered installing a router lift at the far end. I couldn’t use my rip fence as a router fence also as is dome with the router installed on the wing. I have to figure the best way to have a router fence for it that is easily removable since it is an extension table and work table…
I do have a separate router cabinet but a second setup would always come in handy to keep from frequent bit changes.

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 01:54 AM

Input is appreciated,

FYI the width of my shop is about 13 ft. At present the frankenbench I built was to the hieght of my old craftsman. The bear is lower even with the dolly. I built it to do metal work or heavy pounding, and anchored to the wall. Live and learn? This has to go, but only one section. The outfeed table appears to be my only option regarding space consideration?
My Idea is to add layers to the table surface eg. a sheet of 1/2 inch laminated mdf or plywood to be the assemblytable. Can use it to protect saw surface as well?

Router lift? Maybe out of my pocketbook range right now, and I have a 2.5 hp HP plunge router for heavier routing w/ hardwoods. I have a porter cable router for dovetail etc. And a good old craftsman from days gone by w/ router table. Not great but will get me started?

Charles Neil has a heavy table specific to heavy routing, made from an old door. The trigger for the multiple use idea.

Thanks guys, gotta go do some chores since I just got home.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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