|Project by jim C||posted 12-10-2009 11:12 PM||9704 views||45 times favorited||13 comments|
After posting my out-feed table project, some folks had expressed an interest in my table saw router.
This unit was purchased from MCLS, over the internet. It has a melamine surface and it’s core is MDF. The router plate is phenolic with corner set screws and magnets in the MDF for leveling. It was a fairly straight forward installation, as the unit is 27” deep and matches up real well with the Ridgid. I did have to shim out the back fence rail from the cast iron about 1/16”, as the router table was a touch wider than the cast wings. I attached it to the fence rails by counterboring 4 pockets underneath, and drilling clearance holes in the sides for 1/4” hex head bolts. The table slid right up to the cast wing, and with the clearance holes being 1/32” larger than the bolts, it was easy to line up level and even with the cast iron.
I chose a Triton 2-1/4 H.P. plunge router that comes with the crank. All you have to do is remove the springs and drill a hole through the phenolic plate for the crank. Another great feature with this router is the collet comes above the table top when cranking up, it locks with a cam action spring pin, so one hand and one wrench is all thats needed to change cutting tools. I added an auxiliary switch so there is never a need to bend down under the table. The unit is light enough so there are no issues mounted to the rails, it needs no leg supports as the beefy weight of the saw is plenty of counterbalance.