Router table extension for new Saw

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Project by Lumberpunk posted 06-21-2014 05:09 PM 1322 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Kind of a mixed project and tool gloat. I have been looking for a new table saw on craigslist for a while but I kept getting snaked at the last moment on all the saws I was trying to buy (sometimes it suck living 9 hours from the closest big city). I got home the other day and my uncle who I hadn’t seen in about three years called and had been talking to my dad and offered me his old saw. It’s and older King contractor style and came with a Biesmeyer fence with 52 inch rip!

One of my good friends was on his way up with a big truck so he picked it up and delivered it (along with a delta tenon jig, some end vises, a spokeshave and three totes of random woodworking stuff).

The saw had been sitting in storage for a few years so I took it apart, cleaned and lubed it, put it all back together and re-calibrated.

Then I took my old freud router table, built a torsion box underneath with some birch scrap and installed it between the rails (sheer dumb luck, the mitre slot in the router table ended up parallel to the fence.)

My old saw was a Bosch TS4100 contractor’s benchtop, and while it has served me well over the years this new setup is miles ahead of any functionality I had with the Bosch.

So thrilled, ended up costing me about $120 for the whole thing after I had paid my friend to deliver and replaced some hardware… ready to make some cuts!

Feeling a lot of gratitude to my uncle, father, friend and everything right now, I have been building my furniture making business to the point where I was making a little money but feeling constrained in what I could do by my equipment and not making enough really to do any major upgrades yet. Got my upgrade almost free!


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#1 posted 06-21-2014 08:47 PM

Great score

-- Norman

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 05:44 PM

That whole station looks like it will do some serious work for you.

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 06:09 AM

hah! yes! I have a big bookcase project where I need to rip a whole bunch of 8/4 birch, probably around 120 4ft rips, glad I don’t have to do them on the bosch. Also discovered today that I can route dados and the like at well over the 52 inch rip on the fence by coming at the table from behind. Making a crosscut sled in my spare time (haha) at the moment… excited to get into production again.

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 10:38 AM

Thats a nice setup, your overall cost is YOU SUCK worthy, and since you cleaned/restored is yourself you can work knowing it was done right. Very nice score, I’m sure your uncle will be happy to see it set up like a champ.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 07:10 PM

Very nice acquisition. Should make working on larger projects much easier.

Isn’t family great??!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 07:48 PM

I wonder why you put the miter slot toward the center, how are you going to use it?

-- Bert

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 12:38 AM

Well originally I was using a piece of mdf clamped to the Biesmeyer so there was plenty of room to have the fence on the left facing the saw and router but I find myself routing from the back of the table a lot. Haven’t used my mitre gauge with the router too often and I think I can do most operations by flipping the fence around. Anyways it is all academic pretty soon as I just ordered a new Incra router plate which is a different size than the freud so I will be making a new router table… pretty happy about that as the freud table continues to sag regardless of how much bracing I put in there. Thinking about taking the cast iron table from the old beaver TS the previous owner left here and grinding it out to take my new router plate… that should eliminate the sag once and for all.

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 09:03 AM

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#9 posted 07-17-2014 02:02 PM

Yes it looks very nice but a little pricey for me right now… I am all about reworking reusing atm

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