Rigid TS3650 router extension wing

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Project by Fireguy posted 07-22-2009 11:02 PM 20032 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was working in my shop and noticed that my Bosch RA1181 table top router was the same as the width as my table saw. So to gain a few feet of space wasted between the table saw fence rails I mounted the router table to the saw, it fit like it was made to my saw, worked out really nice and only took about an hour to do. I also made some brackets to mouth the router table fence to the back of the saw fence using the slot in the fence.


-- Alex

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#1 posted 07-22-2009 11:19 PM

Clever, good job.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 11:22 PM

Thats a great idea.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Ben Kahmann

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#3 posted 07-23-2009 12:24 AM

Very Nice. How do you like that Ridgid and the fence?

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#4 posted 07-23-2009 01:00 AM

You made that saw even better than it already is. Nice thinking.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#5 posted 07-23-2009 02:13 AM

I also have the ridgid table saw, and I’ve been thinking about adding a router table exaclty in the same spot. My only worry has been that the rails aren’t designed to support any weight. How are they holding up. Do they deflect at all when you apply pressure to them?

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#6 posted 07-23-2009 03:13 AM

Ben – I have similar concern as yours and that’s why I’m still debating if I would want a router table on the fence. Other people who installed a router on their fences have angle iron brackets mounted to the tables. The aluminum fence on my TS 3650 look s a bit flimsy to me…

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 03:28 AM

Jolly good show well done

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#8 posted 07-23-2009 04:44 AM

Nice work, I have the same saw and built a little extension out of ply. I suppose it works the same, but yours looks nicer!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#9 posted 07-23-2009 05:49 AM

Nice job!! Ben & Chuck, you can just add some legs to the rails if you’re worried about weight. My SHOP FOX tablesaw came with them.

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#10 posted 07-23-2009 02:24 PM

The table is aluminum so it is very light to start with, I drilled 4 holes in the saw table and they support much of the weight and there are 2 bolts on each side of the router table to keep it level with the table. I have not noticed that there is much deflection the extrusion in the front is pretty rigid, but it will be some thing to keep an eye on. The fence is very good, I thought I would need more than the 2 brackets I have now but I don’t have any movement when I push on it so I think it will do. At this point the entire setup seems to have few limitations than dose the owner.


-- Alex

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#11 posted 07-23-2009 11:24 PM

No need to leave a router in there when not in use. I don’t even do that with router table.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#12 posted 07-26-2009 03:51 AM

I think I didn’t make my point clear: I am not concerned about the weight of the table with or without the router as much as the weight and stress exerted on the fence (via the router table) when I need to route a larger piece of stock or use a large diameter router bit. Adding a leg support as suggested by built2last is a possible solution.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#13 posted 07-01-2010 08:09 PM

I have an iron router table extension on my Rigid saw, and have been using it for 3 years. (see my avitar to the left) Though it is very heavey, it has not affected the table at all. Of course, it is mounted with bolts to the saw itself and is not really resting on the rails.

-- Don Alexander, Jacksonville, Florida

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