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Project by Ken90712 posted 1531 days ago 9095 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the new addition to my Rigid Table Saw. One of the members on here showed us this item from MLCS. Love this extension, will free my router table I currently have on my bench as well. Ordering the Triton router for this and keeping my digital plunge router for free hand routing. Installing it took some time thanks to one of lumberjocks advice it helped me along.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"





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#1 posted 1531 days ago

Nice addition Ken

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#2 posted 1531 days ago

Helps free up floor space.
Nice job Ken.

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#3 posted 1531 days ago

Nice!!

Will you have to add some legs under the extension to keep it from accidentally tipping?

Lew

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#4 posted 1531 days ago

I have a similar setup and use it often. I have found that the fence rails start to sag after awhile so I plan to move my router to a dedicated table. Some of the guys over at the Ridgid forum have added a leg to the floor or 45 degree bracing.

Using a straight edge the bow is not as great as it looks in the photo but there is still some there. The router plate itself is one of those cast pot metal crastman tables with a home built (maple) fence/dust collector part.

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#5 posted 1531 days ago

Nice. I’m thinking about adding one of these to my new (used) PM 64a.

I’d have to agree with adding a support leg or two under the table, as I’ve already noticed my extension to be tip-prone, and that’s without a router hanging off it. For now, without a router hanging off, I’m thinking about rigging up a weight plate on the left side of the stand to help offset any right side tipping. Maybe a 25-35-pound weight plate will do it?

I definitely like your added dust collection too; a good idea that I’ll have to keep in-mind.

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#6 posted 1531 days ago

I have the same saw, and this looks like a great setup. But I would definitely add support in the form of a leg or two. Those aluminum rails just aren’t designed to support a router table.

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#7 posted 1531 days ago

I too own that saw. That’s a pretty nice set-up but I agree that you should (A) have some added support and (B) don’t leave the router in there when it’s not necessary.

Thanks for sharing!

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 1531 days ago

Yep, a leg might help but its not tip heavy as of yet. I drilled and bolted 3, 5/16 bolts to the cast iron table first and one on each rail for support. A removable leg will be added while working…. Thx guys

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 1531 days ago

Using a straight edge the bow is not as great as it looks in the photo but there is still some there. The router plate itself is one of those cast pot metal craftsman tables with a home built (maple) fence/dust collector that hangs below the saw when not in use.

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#10 posted 1531 days ago

I Have a Craftmans Tablesaw That I put a Craftmans Router Extension on it Works Great

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#11 posted 1531 days ago

I also have that saw and I am worried about sagging also. A 45 support would be most practical but I wonder if it would be tippy if you were routing a large heavy peice of wood. Probably the best solution would be to remove the router and base plate when not in use and use a straight leg when using the router.

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#12 posted 1531 days ago

Nice job Ken.

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#13 posted 1531 days ago

Nice job.

This post prompted me to go to MLCS and check out their table extensions. I already own a router quick lift system that I really like and a fence (Freud) that I really like so I have no need for the their insert or fence. I’m sorry to say that they will not sell their extension without selling their insert and fence. I was particularly interested in their cast iron version of the extension. I guess I will make my own – but it will not be cast iron.

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Ken90712

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#14 posted 1530 days ago

After waking up thinking about some sugeetions here I will be building a retractable leg for the end of this table. Thx for the ideas.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 1528 days ago

If you have any plans on this or tips I have been thinking about adding one of these to my Ridgid TS and have been racking my brain on some of the particulars like how to mount it to the rails and table top without making it too beefy and also fairly removable. Please send me anything you got.

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