Time to put all the pieces together and add the finishing touches. This extension wing turned out to be very flat and very sturdy. I can’t wait to install a router lift on this thing and further economize the space in my tiny workshop! Conclusion I hope You enjoyed this little project! -Thom
In part 2 I construct the metal frame that will attach to the table saw fence rails and support the wing. I half/bolted and half/welded some 3/4×3/4×1/8 steel angle to the rails. Then I used some 3/8” hex cap screws as table levelers. Once everything was flat to my liking, I locked it all down from the underside with a couple of drywall screws. <iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/8za03qx6nO8” frameborder=”0” height=”315” widt...
EDIT: It looks like wide images don’t fit well into the format here. Any tips on the recommended max image width to use and that sort of thing? 25% of the right side of most of my images seem to be chopped off, which I can fix by shrinking the images, but I feel like they would get pretty small in that case! Hello everyone. This is my first time posting something on here, after many years of lurking silently and absorbing a ton of knowledge from the good people on here. I figured tha...
[See the finished project here] Well, I got the top of the router table done. The next step is to make the 3 drawers that go in the cabinet. Shown in the photo is my set up for milling the rabbets and dados in the drawer pieces. I temporarily put the sacrificial fence from my table saw on the table saw fence to use with the router. The last part of this project before painting will be to make a proper router fence. It will still attach to the table saw rip fence, but will have a few...
Today’s efforts went into building the router table insert onto which the router will be mounted. I laminated a piece of Luan to the 1/2 inch plywood to make it look nice. The underside of the plywood has been routed out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. I hope to create different throat inserts for when I have smaller work pieces. I also installed 3 lengths of 3/8 inch threaded rod with which the cabinet will be fastened to the table saw. That way I can remove it if I should wa...
I’m going to finish the top and install it before installing the drawers. It should be easier that way to get my hands inside, plus I always build the drawers last just in case my ideal measurements were not met. This wooden piece matches the profile of the edge on the table saw, allowing me to use the rip fence further away from the blade and also use the rip fence to hold my router fence. The piece will be attached on the edge of the router table top. Here is a better view of t...
Having recalculated my cuts for this cabinet, I have enough to the entire cabinet, plus the 3 drawers. It will measure about 16×16 inches by 34 inches high. The router table top will be 20×16 inches. I’ll be making a router fence to clamp onto my table saw rip fence. I scored a few pieces of wood that I can use to make the combined unit mobile. I wish I had made this one first since a lot of the cuts were made with a handheld circular saw. I’m going to need to buy ...
Because I am often frustrated by the limitations of my small table saw, I decided to put this project on the front burner. Today I drove up to a friend’s house to rescue him from being buried under too much wood. I came away with some 1/2 inch plywood less than 2 feet square and a few other goodies for future use. Then I headed down to my big box store and bought some hardware and a sheet of 1/2 inch plywood. I had it cut in quarters so that it would fit in my car. (Last time I asked...
My table saw is a small one. I don’t think it counts as a contractor saw. If I recall correctly it’s sold as a bench-top. I have it mounted in a stand and it serves me well enough. The one shortcoming of my TS is its size. I think the widest rip I can cut is 11 3/4 inches. I’ve given thought on how to add an extension wing and have even recreated the profile of the front edge so that the fence could be used on any extension I build. But If I’m going to add a TS ex...
The table assembly is now complete. Since the leaves store in the table, the aprons needed to be hinged. I used short piano (continuous) hinges from hardware source.com. The hinges are 4.5” long, and lock at 90 degrees, similar to jewlery box hinges. I used inset rare earth magnets to lock the hinged aprons in there in-use positions. Felt lines the frame, which creates a nice little nest for the leaves. The table extends to accept two 12” leaves v...
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