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Project by TomFran posted 2560 days ago 4524 views 13 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I have a small shop, I try to do things to maximize my space. This router table was made to utilize one wing of my table saw. It’s made from a combination of oak plywood and solid oak.

I also made the fence which attaches to my table saw fence, which also features a dust port. It is nice to be able to make adjustments for my router with the table saw fence.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28





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brunob

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#1 posted 2560 days ago

Now that’s a good idea. Might just have to try that myself.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Jeff

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#2 posted 2560 days ago

Very functional. I like how you clamp the router fence to the TS fence. I bet that makes for really easy adjustment.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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TomFran

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#3 posted 2560 days ago

Thanks Bruce!

I can’t claim originality for the idea. I actually got the idea for the router table out of Fine Woodworking magazine. The fence with dust port was all mine ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#4 posted 2560 days ago

Jeff,

It does adjust easily, and it’s always ready, so I don’t have to set up anything.

If I had the room, I’d have all stand alone machines for everything, but when your shop is small, you’re always trying to figure out how to make less be more.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Bob Babcock

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#5 posted 2560 days ago

Wow…very cool. A definite addition to my shop soon.

It can be a pain to have a small shop but it can be fun to figure out ways to make it work.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2560 days ago

Tom;

Great job!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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TomFran

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#7 posted 2560 days ago

Bob,

That’s the truth. I have thought about spending several thousand dollars on an addition to the garage. I have even considered building a separate building in the back yard, but then I’m not sure how long we’re going to live in this location, and so I improvise like this.

I agree that it is fun and gratifying to work out solutions for my small shop.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#8 posted 2560 days ago

Thanks a lot, Lee!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 2560 days ago

Very nice Tom. I really like the fence.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TomFran

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#10 posted 2560 days ago

Thanks Wayne!

My router made the biggest mess of all my power tools. So when I found that plastic dust port, I decided it was time to build a suitable fence which would incorporate it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2560 days ago

I bet the dust port works great. I was surprised how well the one in my fence worked.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TomFran

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#12 posted 2560 days ago

Wayne,

Yes, it does work great – saves a lot of cleanup.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 2560 days ago

It ain’t what ya do it with, it’s what ya do with it!! Very resourceful, Tom. I’ve thought about having another router table in my table saw just to have two set-ups at once. This could be the solution. Thanks for sharing.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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TomFran

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#14 posted 2560 days ago

Thanks Tom,

There are ready-made units to do this, but they aren’t cheap. The ones I’ve seen are for Delta saws. There weren’t any for my saw though. This one didn’t cost anything but some time.

It will get the job done for me, until I get my big shop someday… ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 2560 days ago

Very creative Tom, looks like it will do what you need it to do. Does your fence open in the middle so you can open or close it close to the bit, can’t tell by the photo?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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