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Blog entry by MOJOE posted 1868 days ago 6169 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, first off, this is my maiden voyage for blogging. Hope it works. I will basically detail the construction of my router table that is built into the fence rail system of my Ridgid tablesaw.

Here goes…...
I started by purchasing an 18”x30”x5/8” piece of baltic birch plywood from WoodCraft. I then cut that piece to 15”x27” which fits inside my rails snugly. Next I attached some red oak strips to the outside edges and back with some glue and later screwed those together. This basically created a frame and helped stiffen things a bit. I attached with 1/4” bolts front and back of each rail…....to do this I measured down from the cast iron deck to the top and bottom of the rail slot, transfered these measurements to the oak strips and drilled a centered hole at all 4 corners. I then attached with washers and nuts which pulls things tight and really stiffens things up. For light duty work I haven’t had any trouble with stability. However, if I am doing more than a simple light profile, I place a roller stand under the deck. Works pretty well.

I then took the base off my router and placed it on top to mark out the holes. Drilled and countersunk them and attached the base to the underneath side. To keep from kneeling down all the time, I can lightly loosen the rail bolts, slide away from the iron deck (past the outside corner bolts) and rotate upward to access the base. A little slow, but saves my knees!

Because I measured carefully against the iron deck and things are flush, I can use the factory tablesaw fence for the saw and router. Just remember, attach a strip of wood to the router side of the fence. Aluminum is not very good on router bits (haven’t done it yet, but only a matter of time!!!)

Anyway, hope this helps, if there are any additional questions, let me know. It is not too tough, and I got it put together in about 30 minutes. A picture is located in my projects file (small scrap wood projects)

Joe

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!



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spaids

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#1 posted 1868 days ago

Nice. I have the same TS as you do. I have thought about doing this so much I’ve lost track. Too bad we can’t make groups within lumberjocks, we could have a TS3650 club.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#2 posted 1868 days ago

Thanks!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1868 days ago

Awesome! Thanks a bunch!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Julian

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#4 posted 1868 days ago

I did the same thing for my rigid also. It’s nice being able to use the factory ts fence for routing.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 1868 days ago

Looks great ,It well serve you well.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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medicnurse70

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#6 posted 1866 days ago

That is nice ! I have a Steel City saw with the long fence (52”) I think that I want to do the same thing with. Thanks for the motivation !

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 1866 days ago

That is the way to go!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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