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Project by SteveMI posted 11-06-2010 01:07 AM 2120 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Steve.





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Bagtown

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 01:14 AM

Interesting.
I think I have the same tablesaw and have been looking for a router table.

Nice retro.

Bagtown

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Abbott

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 01:15 AM

Yes, I used one for a few years and it worked ok. I built a hardwood fence with dust collection for it that I clammed to the TS fence when I used the router. I would then just have to hook my shop vac to the vacuum fitting built into the fence and I had some dust collection. After a few years the TS fence rails began to droop from the weight of the router so I moved my router to it’s own table (which still isn’t finished). A guy could also remove the router from the underside of the table when it is not in use.

I have a Ridgid 3650 so the rails were another top section longer…I doubt if you will experience the same problem with the close support of your table saw table top. Another reason I like the switch to putting my router into it’s own table is the improved dust collection from my DC duct work. It is also hooked up full time to the DC now so I don’t have to drag out my Shop Vac when I want to use my router table.

I do know though that your new setup is much better then the setup you had with that smaller table which is what I also had several years ago. Enjoy :)

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Abbott

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 01:20 AM

Steve if you would like I can go out to the shop and snap a photo of the router fence I built and clamped to my table saw fence.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 01:52 AM

Nice solution! Looks like it will be a great improvement for you.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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SteveMI

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 02:08 AM

Abbott – That is one of the next steps in the upgrade. A picture could help, I have favorited some of the ones on LJ over the year. This table still has the Craftsman fence slides which I am not fond of. The fence itself isn’t bad at all with extruded aluminum sections and dust outlet. Dust collection is on the list also. My TS is actually an Emerson that became the Rigid 2424 after sears cut them loose.

Steve.

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Tony Strupulis

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 02:09 AM

That’s an awesome idea! I have a similar style router table (Wolfcraft, maybe?) that I will see how it fits in my tablesaw.

You hit on my biggest gripe about the router table – the non-standard miter slot. My bench dog featherboards won’t work and neither will any of my “nice” miter gauges.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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SteveMI

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 02:13 AM

Tony – A good thing about this table is that it has a standard 3/4” square miter slide going the width. I was thinking of getting quote from machine shop on end milling the slot on my old table, but then accepted it wasn’t going to be worth it.

Steve.

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#8 posted 11-06-2010 02:34 AM

Nice. I need me one of these. Nice job.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Abbott

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#9 posted 11-06-2010 02:51 AM

Hey Steve mine was knocked together in about 10 minutes out of necessity one day. I kept thinking I would build a nicer one in the future and never got around to it as this one worked well enough. I would just clamp it to my tablesaw fence, hook a shop vac hose to it and go to work.

...if you have photos of other fences from Lumberjocks they are probably much better looking then this one.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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RussInMichigan

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#10 posted 11-06-2010 03:53 AM

I need this kind of retro fit to reclaim some floor space in my tiny garage workshop.

I have a Delta contractor’s saw with a good fence. Recently I replaced the uneven steel wing with a 1 1/2” thick piece of laminated countertop from an old Hermann-Miller office cubicle. I made it wider than the original wing to function as a work surface. But, putting my router in it and getting back the space currently eaten up by the router table, even though it is small, would be a big help.

Thanks for the idea.

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canadianchips

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#11 posted 11-07-2010 03:25 AM

That LOOKS very nice. Maybe time to take my shop built table off. This is pro. looking.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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SteveMI

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#12 posted 11-07-2010 04:16 AM

Canadianchips – the big search is finding a CL bargain router table that is as wide as the table saw is deep.

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#13 posted 11-08-2010 02:16 AM

I have a very similar table saw and have been looking for a router table that I can attach just like you have but have not been able to find one that is 27” wide. What model is your router table?

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steliart

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#14 posted 02-16-2011 06:29 PM

Another great solution. Thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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