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Table Saw Modifications #3: Table Saw Enhancement – Converting Extension Table Into Router Table

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Blog entry by TrentDavis posted 01-28-2017 05:10 PM 1888 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Table Saw Enhancement – Attaching Extra Cast-Iron Extension Wing Part 3 of Table Saw Modifications series Part 4: Router Table Enclosure: Part 1 - Carcase »

I’ve created a tutorial for converting the extension table on a SawStop table saw (or any table saw with a wooden extension table) into a router table.

Check it out here:
http://trentdavis.net/2017/01/27/table-saw-enhancement-converting-extension-table-into-router-table/



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 06:31 PM

Looks good ,I’m debating if I want my second router set up in my extension in my new Saw Stop or in the outfeed table behind it. my old powermatic had it in the extension and it worked fine before

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 07:08 PM



Looks good ,I m debating if I want my second router set up in my extension in my new Saw Stop or in the outfeed table behind it. my old powermatic had it in the extension and it worked fine before

- a1Jim

Perpersonally I prefer to have it in my side extension table so I can use my table saw fence on the router table. Either way works. If you have your own fence or you never use one on your router table then having it in the outfeed table makes perfect sense.

What model SawStop did you end up getting?

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 10:29 PM

One of my posted projects was a conversion of my SS to a router mounted on my extension table. Porter Cable 890 and a Woodpecker plate. Slightly different approach, I made a solid panel 1”+ of glued up Baltic birch plywood. I figured with that many plys it wasn’t going to move at all and the mass helps dampen vibration. I was mostly interested in seeing if you did anything on sawdust (man glitter) collection. Having gone from a dedicated router table that had dedicated dust collection on both the top and bottom and was connected directly into my dust collector to the current set up is a mess. I haven’t seen too many solutions here on LJ and was interested in seeing what you might have done. Any thoughts or ideas on how your going to approach it? The wiring and connecting the router is also an area that I was interested in. Right now I have all the wires tied up with a zip tie, not the most elegant solution.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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TrentDavis

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 06:55 PM

I’m thinking of enclosing the router in a cabinet that has a dust port at the back and a big door in front. It’ll also have an adjustable vent for controlling the suction. This project is coming up fairly soon, but I have a few other things in the works that I need to finish first.

I’m curious to see your router table as well. I’ll be sure to check it out.

How long ago did you do this, and (more importantly) did the dual sheets of plywood keep it from sagging as you had hoped?

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Green_Hornut

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#5 posted 01-30-2017 09:58 PM

Your post made me think so I went right out to the shop and threw a straight edge on it and it is still flatter than a pancake. Relatively speaking, length to elevation, Kansas is actually way flatter than a pancake! :-) I’m looking forward to your posts. I wasn’t thinking of a cabinet myself, probably just a box. Rather than a dedicated dust collection port, I’m trying to figure out a way I can tie it into the SS dust collection system.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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