|Project by leftcoaster||posted 03-20-2017 03:22 PM||669 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I don’t have space to the right of my sawstop and didn’t want to cut or alter the 36” extension table to accommodate a router table.
As a left tilt saw there is no room for a router if you replace the standard wing with the benchdog.
So I added the benchdog to the left wing and built legs for additional support. The whole saw is actually more stable now as there was a slight imbalance in the floor where the cabinet rests.
The benchdog comes with holes tapped to receive J hooks from which to hang the fence. I instead used those to attach the legs using hanger bolts. Not shown in this picture are some Rockler leg leveling hardware.
I also wanted a downdraft dust collection box for my PC router and Incra lift. The benchdog does not have any place to attach one such as the rockler or incra units. So I drilled and tapped holes in the cast iron (quarter by 20 same as the legs) and installed 1/2” strips of cherry, counterbored so that the bolt heads are flush with the wood. The cherry frame is flush with the cast framework that supports the lift recess. Before installing them I drilled and counterbored holes in the other direction to use to hold up the box with wing nuts for easy disassembly.
The box itself is 1/4” ply sized to fit exactly inside the cast framework. So it squeezes inside the cherry and bottoms (tops) out at the cast. I glued and screwed two blocks to receive the bolts and used wing nuts to hold the box up.
The incra lift needs a little more clearance at the back than expected so I cut out a rectangle and then covered that with a plywood patch. The additional 1/4” was enough to permit free operation.
Following a Fine Woodworking tip, I cut a vent slot near the top of the box to provide air inflow to the dust port at the bottom on the opposite side.
The dust port is attached with wing nuts in case I need to get in there and the bottom of the case is screwed without glue for the same reason. The plastic port on the front was a freebie from my hardware store and is attached with Velcro for easy access to change router speeds.
The benchdog has two more holes tapped at the back of the table and I used the J hooks to hang the router fence and my featherboards.
The power switch fits perfectly at the front of the box and is flush with the front of the table. The stop switch is within easy reach of my leg.
And yes the sawstop cabinet door is unobstructed even with DC running at the back.
I have to come up with a way to store the crank for the lift and the wrenches and magnetic plates and I’ll be set.