|Project by SteveMI||posted 11-06-2010 01:07 AM||2747 views||9 times favorited||14 comments|
I had a very poor craftsman router table; small aluminum top, stamped metal wings, plastic fence and odd shaped miter slot. I also needed to open up some space in the shop (garage), so it was in my mind for some time to get a better router table and mount it into the table saw wing. Original wing was cast iron with the egg crate holes.
Metal work is not one of my attributes, so the attachment needed to be straight forward. All of the table saw add ones that I saw on-line were laminate type boards, minimal information on mounting and pricy.
So, I kept looking at every store I went into for an alternative and one day at Sears I saw a table that looked like a drop in. Went over to the measuring tapes and confirmed it was 27” wide. While the table didn’t have any wings that came with it there were vertical slots in it that were perfect for mounting to the existing table saw fence. Only downside was $200.
Then on to CL for couple weeks and I found one for less than half the store price. Person had bought it and then moved on to something else without even ever powering up a router in it.
Four holes in the rear face of router table to match the table saw table and that was it. Took longer to disassemble the router table and remove the cast iron wing than rest of the job.
Only downside was that Sears (Craftsman) is still in denial on holes for mounting other brand routers, so I had to drill new holes in the insert for my PC.
The new router table and router are lighter than the old cast iron wing. One of my better retrofits.