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Project by Coel posted 02-12-2017 08:10 PM 1130 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got one of the lucky Ridgid R4512s. But I still suffer from having a very small work space about 12×14 in the corner of my basement. The door way is about 52 inches so to rip sheet goods I feed it that way.

I wanted to make my table saw footprint more useful. So I did what most seem to have done. I added a router table out of melamine laminated board, used a rockler pro plate and attached my Bosch 1617 there. I also built out the fence so that I would have storage for tools to use the router. The fence is also designed so that the front two boards can be adjusted and disposed of when they get beaten up too much.

For the outfeed table I used the same melamine and wrapped it in simple pine. I used the sliding support method, I was dubious about its construction at first but love it already. All this and the only holes I had to drill in the table saw were to mount the bottom brace for the outfeed table. Everything else made use of the existing t-track. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for looking

-- -- Dave





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Kelster58

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#1 posted 02-12-2017 08:21 PM

That is pretty cool. Looks like you did a GREAT job. Nice to be able to make your own shop improvements.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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jeff

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 02:36 AM

12×14 shop here so I know what you mean.You made good use of space,I like it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Coel

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 03:03 AM

Jeff,
It’s a challenge every project. If anything is out of place the shop is a wreck.

-- -- Dave

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 03:20 PM

You did a fine job on this and it should do a lot of good in your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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WimP

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 04:33 PM

That’s cool! Did you simply remove the bar that goes front to back at the end of the fence track?
Do you bolt it back on each time or do you find it just not necessary?

Edit: Wait…the sliding drop is for your outfeed table, not the router table. The router table is a full-time replacement of that bar yes?

-- An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions ~Robert A. Humphrey

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Coel

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 04:39 PM

I removed the back bar. The router table insert is a really snug fit that does just fine supporting the fence rails.

-- -- Dave

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kocgolf

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#7 posted 02-13-2017 05:00 PM

Looks very similar to my setup, fence included. You will love it. I like that you just removed the bar and built out a bigger router table. I think I might steal that and redo mine. Would give me space for a miter slot.

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Coel

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#8 posted 02-13-2017 05:11 PM

WimP: the router table is a full time addition. In the one picture you can see I even made a wood blank for the insert ring to avoid anything falling into the router area.

Kocgolf: a miter slot/t track is part of my plan. I want to put a combo on the table surface and then just a thought t track at the top of the fence. Here the combo track I was directed too in a different post T-Track Hope that helps.

-- -- Dave

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#9 posted 02-14-2017 05:58 AM

Very good all in one idea. I was thinking about same thing but I’m lack of space in my workshop for that.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Coel

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#10 posted 02-14-2017 06:08 AM

Majuvla the out feed table only takes up about 3 inches across the width of the table saw when collapsed. I made because my shop is so small

-- -- Dave

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