Router Extention & zero clearance plate

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Project by tmiller posted 05-14-2009 08:38 AM 4982 views 21 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was about as simple of a design as it gets. The router is mounted to the underside of some counter top material without a router plate.

I attached a couple of 1×2’s to the underside and used a bolt to attach the table to the inside t-track on the fence rails. The table rests on the TS’s cross brace. It is also nice how the metal cross brace on the TS sits perfectly behind the bull nose of the counter top. That’s it.

When the router is lowered under the table it barley misses the cross brace, but it still clears it. I tried it out tonight for the first time and it works great. When I want to adjust it I just pivot the table up. I am happy with it. It is simple and effective.

I also made this zero clearance insert using the same material. I had to sand the top and bottom of it to get it perfectly flush.


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#1 posted 05-14-2009 08:50 AM

COOL! I have the exact same saw. The way you installed it is pretty cool too. Thanks for sharing. Now I wish I didn’t already have a nice router table. LOL. Could have saved a lot of space.

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#2 posted 05-14-2009 08:53 AM

VERY nice…and very simple effective table !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 05-14-2009 09:28 AM

I love my ridgid TS….looks great

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#4 posted 05-14-2009 02:12 PM

YOU sir are a freaking Genius! This is awesome and so simple.

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#5 posted 05-14-2009 02:32 PM

Outstanding job, I have been thinking about getting a Rigid TS.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 05-14-2009 02:50 PM


Will you use the table saw rip fence for the router fence?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 05-14-2009 02:53 PM

Nice job. I built a router table for the same saw also. I took off the wing, and made a larger router table though. I love being able to use the stock fence for routing.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#8 posted 05-14-2009 03:01 PM

Thanks, I’ve been eye balling my TS for a router extension and the pivot has never crossed my mind. Wonderful idea.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 05-14-2009 03:41 PM

Great idea! I have the same saw. I’ve been thinking about building my own version of the New Yankee Workshop router table, but this would really be more practical for me because of space limitations in my gara… er, shop.

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

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#10 posted 05-14-2009 03:53 PM

I have the 3650 and this is my summer project. The table mounting has always been a problem for me. This mounting method is SO smart.

It probably keeps that support bar from rattling too.

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#11 posted 05-14-2009 05:00 PM

This is my project for tonight!! I tried to build something similar with a piece of mdf rabbetted on the sides to fit but it never worked right. Using the bolts is pure genius. Simple, effective, genius.

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#12 posted 05-14-2009 05:04 PM

nice…. simplicity sometimes is a pure winner.

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#13 posted 05-14-2009 05:31 PM

well done

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#14 posted 05-14-2009 06:37 PM

nice idea. fast, effective, and a great space saver..after my router table incident i need to keep it simple…is that the granite rigidTS? I am going to replace my folding ryobi and was looking at that model and the cast iron…i was wondering the diffence in table top would make?

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#15 posted 05-14-2009 08:15 PM

Good job. A word of caution from my assessment.

I have set up my new Rigid TS 3650 recently and also wondered if I should add my router table to the saw like other people have done with their TSs (not necessarily the Rigid brand). I eventually decided not to do that because the fence rail is aluminum and the manual says we should not use the rail as a handle when moving the TS. That tells me the rail should better be installed and left there for its designated purpose. Over time, given the weight of the router, working on the router table, dust collection concern, etc., my fear is the fence rail on the far end where the router is installed may be distorted, throwing the fence accuracy off…. that’s a bigger concern to me. Other TS have the angle iron fence rails and I think my concerns will be fewer with that. Or may be I’m just over worried here. Another concern is the whole add-on will add weight to my table and I have a tight room to work with and the lighter the tablesaw the better in my case.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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