Router table mod/ table saw repurpose... kinda? #1: Start to finish.

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Blog entry by Philip "Pip" Storm posted 05-24-2013 02:56 AM 4736 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Delta table saw’s motor died a few years ago. I found that I would have to cop up $200 for a new motor for a five year old $350 (brand new) saw. Yowza! Of course I still have it. I thought, maybe, some day I’ll find the motor used or cheaper. Never happened. I been considering scrapping it for metal until a week ago when that dim light bulb in my head came to life…

This is my router table.

I’ve had this router table well over 10 years. I got the plans out of a woodworking magazine. I don’t recall which one. Shop Notes or something along that line. Anyway, it’s been very reliable, useful, and quite enjoyable. Except one thing. The fence.
I’ve never really liked the fence once I got to using it. It’s well built but lacks any features. But, the real pain has been trying to fine adjust the fence. It’s held done by two screw handles through two slots on the base of the fence. The best practice I found to fine adjust it was to loosen one screw and bump that end forward or backward. At that rate I still was not aware of how much I had moved without taking a test cut. I had thought about putting a scale on the table, but with the way the fence pivoted on one of the two screws it could never be accurate and square to the scale.
Okay, to make a long story short, there is a router table over here with a less than par fence and a busted table saw over there with a perfectly good fence system. Hey, what if I were to…

...okay, I think I’m liking this. I had to trim the table top down to get the fence on. I’m willing to make that sacrifice. That fence height might work for a table saw, but this is a router table… let’s see here…

...that’s more like it.

Add some dust collection to the fence.

The only draw back now is how far it sits from the wall. Perfect spot to stick the vac.

I’m going to add some T-tracks in the future for stops, feather boards, and whatnot.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#1 posted 05-24-2013 03:26 AM

Pretty good idea I think…

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#2 posted 05-24-2013 04:26 AM

I agree. That’s true retrofitting

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 05-24-2013 01:03 PM

Since you were going to scrap the saw anyway…. if push came to shove you could CUT the rails (big gasp from the crowd) shorter to fit it closer to the wall. :-)

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Philip "Pip" Storm

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#4 posted 05-24-2013 08:11 PM

I wouldn’t be above it Joe, but I like that I have the option to work a piece up to 30”.

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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