Lowly Saw Board is also a Router Board

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Project by EMVarona posted 1422 days ago 4827 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I made the saw board all I had in mind was, well … sawing. When I saw the other router jigs here I thought … why not. It turns out that there are many other applications for the rail system I have not thought of yet.

The set up consists of the board and rails shown in my saw board project. All I added was the mounting plate for the router which consists of two 1/4 in. plywood sheets cut to fit snugly between the rails and glued together. Before gluing them, I cut a round hole on the upper sheet for the router base. On the lower sheet is a 1 in. hole for the router bit. Metal straps are attached to the sides of the plate to serve as gliders. I used two sheet for strength. One sheet might not take the weight of the router.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 1422 days ago

I’m going to build something similar. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 1422 days ago

Really cool, you have to study Festools system, then you will get plenty of good ideas.
Also festoolsownersgroup and talkfestool are worth a visit on this subject.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 1422 days ago

Interesting, I can see the possibilities :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 1422 days ago

Very Cool Idea using the Shelf Supports !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 1422 days ago

That is what I thought when I saw your first posting on your saw jig. I’m in the middle of building one based on your idea, thank you by the way, and I’m also implementing my router. looks good!! The system I’m putting together will have linear bearings wish me luck!!

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#6 posted 1422 days ago

quick question: Is the linear bearing sealed so that dust does not get into it?

Good luck with the project.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 1421 days ago

Very nice idea Ed. I can see a Ryobi miter saw on top of your Torq table saw..looks very similar to my Ryobi sliding miter saw.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#8 posted 1421 days ago

Good to hear from you again. That is correct, That is a Ryobi miter saw with the sliding facility. I got that only a few months ago from Handyman, real cheap. I use the Torq table saw very infrequently so I made a 3/4 in. plyboard table top to cover it and use it for the miter saw. When I need the table saw, I just move the miter saw.

I went to the Woodmach exhibit in SMX. The woodworking machines on display are of the industrial category, nothing for the hobbyist.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#9 posted 1420 days ago

lanwater: there are different types. I’ve seen some that are not completely sealed but I was told by the manufacturer that they haven’t had any problems with dust getting in the bearings. Of course this is the manufacturer.

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#10 posted 1114 days ago

good work

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