|Project by jaysuzi||posted 02-10-2016 10:10 PM||1162 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This is my new router table and I am very happy to have it!!
I recently purchased a new table saw. My old saw had my router mounted in one of the wings. I was tempted to do the same with my new table as I have a very small work shop and I felt I just didn’t have enough room for a dedicated router table. However, the problems with my old one is that it did pull the wing down a small amount (which I fixed with a small leg). It also did not allow for great dust collection. Finally, there was no storage, so my router supplies were stored separately.
A dedicated router table would would address the issues with my old one, but would take up space. My solution was just to build a narrow router table that would fit exactly between the front and back fence of my table saw. It is a bit smaller than most router tables, however, is fine for me since the vast majority of my projects are very small.
It is on adjustable height casters, so I can dial it in to the height of my table saw, but can also be moved when I need to move my saw. There is plenty of storage for my bits, collets, wrenches, and even a bottom drawer to store my other router accessories. The bottom hooks up to my primary dust collection system and tests have already shown it pulls a lot of the material down. I do want some dust collection on the top, but I haven’t figure that out exactly, but it will be hooked up to my shop vac (see the last picture). For the fence, I am actually using my old fence setup that slips over my table saw fence. Other features include a prominent safety switch, miter track to accept my table saw miter gauge, and Rockler router lift.
-- Jay in Pennsylvania, http://hobby4charity.org/