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Project by Tomoose posted 1668 days ago 3559 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a new fixed/plunge router set for Christmas (Bosch 1617EVSPK), so I finally built a table-saw-mounted router table I have been wanting to make. My “shop” is an over-stuffed 2-car garage that has to hold 2 full-size cars, so space is at a real premium. This table replaces an old Craftsman benchtop table that was nearly usless since it was so flimsy and difficult to set up. The top is laminated from 3/4 MDF on the bottom and 3/4 melamine-coated particle on top. In hindsight I would probably go to the trouble of using Formica over all MDF, since the particle doesn’t really lend itself to routing a nice step to receive the router plate (from Rockler). It turned out OK though. 3” Poplar serves for the frame. There are adjusting screws threaded up from the bottom and threaded inserts to secure the plate from the top.

I also just built the router fence. After browsing for ideas online, this is my first effort at a router fence. It is 3/4 birch ply with MDF faces. There is T-track on the fence for feather boards from Rockler, as well as a connector for the ol’ shop vac. The fence just clamps to my TS fence. The open sections make a handy place to keep collet wrenches and misc.

So begins my early forray into routing with a sturdy table. Let me know any comments, boneheaded ommisions/oversights, or improvements you think I could stand to make.

Thanks,
Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...





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missionworks

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#1 posted 1668 days ago

Looks good to me. You won’t know if it’s lacking anything til after you use it a few times.

-- MW | www.MissionWorks.com

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Jeison

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#2 posted 1668 days ago

Nice job, I like that fence you made, very cool!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 1668 days ago

Nice router table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Garyb6

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#4 posted 1668 days ago

Nice. I feel your pain regarding space limitations. I have been thinking of doing this myself in my new TS. Nice router fence. I may have to “leverage” your design.

Gary

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1668 days ago

Very very nice router table.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bigike

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#6 posted 1668 days ago

nice job, i like the fence.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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CanalboatJim

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#7 posted 1668 days ago

Very nice job. I’ve been wanting to do the same thing on my Delta, but I’ve been a little nervous about cutting into the extension table. I’ll post some pics of my practice run on my outfeed table.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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dmorgantx

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#8 posted 1667 days ago

Nice job! I have the same Delta TS except with the Beismeyer fence. I thought about doing what you did but I cringed at the idea of undoing the table tuning that I spent so much time on… it was very hard to get the right side table flat etc with the way it gets adjusted…

Anyway- nice job.

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deeman

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#9 posted 1667 days ago

Looks great. How did you mout it to your saw?

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1667 days ago

Wonderful job done on your project ! I really like the fence set-up as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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panther

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#11 posted 1667 days ago

great job, i’m in the process of buliding my own router table, just finished the top but was stuck on fence details buuut not any more, i like your lay out .

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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RexMcKinnon

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#12 posted 1667 days ago

Nice features.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Tomoose

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#13 posted 1666 days ago

Dennis – the table mounts using the existing bolt holes to the table (longer bolts of course) and also used existing mounting holes on the fence rails, except I added two more out toward the ends of the rails. The bolts jsut go through the frame of the table and I used some flat washers and nylock nuts.

thanks for the nice comments, everyone.

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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bobasaurus

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#14 posted 932 days ago

Excellent work. I’d like to do something similar. Is it hard to find extended rails matching your fence (or is it a new fence)?

-- Allen, Colorado

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Tomoose

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#15 posted 931 days ago

Thanks Bobasaurus. The rails came that long when I bought the saw many years ago, so I do not know the answer to that question. Actually I dont even know what the model of my fence and rails is – the guy at the Delta store just told me it was the upgraded fence. Let me know how it goes and good luck with the project.

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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