Shopsmith Router Table

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Project by oldguy2 posted 09-09-2017 02:58 PM 1372 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the small workshop my Shopsmith has been great. I made years ago a regular router table and it has done many projects. I made this idea for many reasons…first down the road I see moving again and an even smaller workshop so a router table like a Shopsmiith power tool will be needed. Next other owners may like this since Shopsmith sells a router table attachment. My design stands 39” high, my green table from a sink cut out, is 24”wide and 19” deep, my router insert is 10×12. A Shopsmith table is 25” front to back. The front and back boards of this are 10” high and 18” long. with a 3”cut out for the pipes. I cut 11” stretcher pieces to make the frame( I guessed this) and it worked. I lowered my first try to be below the main Shopsmith table so this can be here longer and can be at either end. I wanted to stand at the end and rout. I finally solved clamping the frame to the pipes with a turnbuckle and 2 eye bolts. so I added some padding under the clamp board for grip and with a few turns it is loose. I also put an eye bolt on the back of the back board so I could mount the clamp from behind if I wanted. My table is screwed to the top stretchers. My router fence is also a sink cut out of laminate an L shape with sliding boards and a fixed top board for a safety guard or feather board. I made my own blocks and clamps with sandpaper to grip and plastic bolts. I have never used a T track on my table. I have a vertical panel cutter for this router a Sears 2 hp. and with a push block and feather boards have made many raised panels and trim. at the front of this table is a Sears safety switch to plug in the router. If I needed to make it portable this could move to my workmate for other uses.

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 09-09-2017 03:06 PM

Might fine, oldguy.
Is that a 510?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 09-09-2017 03:12 PM

Thanks. Yes this is a 510 and I have had it since 1996. See my home page for workshop and some of the projects like the outfeed table also.

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#3 posted 09-10-2017 01:18 PM

You did a great job on this Shopsmith router table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 12-24-2017 01:20 PM

The turnbuckle hold down is pretty clever. I was planning something similar but ended up buying the Bocsh table top router table from the box store which I clamp to the lower tubes with the SS in drill press mode…not the best but good enough to keep me procrastinating… I really like the dust collection on the Bocsh fence.

Thanks for sharing you project. I am thinking about using the Bocsh top and doing something similar. I appreciate the inspiration

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