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Project by trasner posted 11-08-2010 06:43 AM 3527 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the process of purchasing a router lift. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a router table and fence, I thought it would be fun to use the existing extension table on my table saw and make my own fence. I used 1×6 oak board, planed and jointed it so it would be true and perfectly 90 degrees to the table. I had some left over plywood from another project and used that as the support pieces and backing. I assembled the whole thing with Kreg pocket screws. From Rockler, I purchased a dust collection shroud, feather boards, t tracks and those two nifty clamps to clamp it to my table saw fence. The only thing I am missing now is a router and router lift!!!!

-- Todd





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shimster

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 07:13 AM

That thing looks great! Can it stop a hot dog dead in it’s tracks?

-- Less is More.....expensive

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davidroberts

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 07:21 AM

very nice. looks solid. i like the t-slot.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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NBeener

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 07:25 AM

Poor soul.

A SawStop AND a beautiful fence ??

Is there anything I can do ??

;-)

Nice job ! It’s one of those … every time you use it, you’ll be glad you did it …. projects !

-- -- Neil

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mafe

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 01:21 PM

Looks good it must be the router table week, I put one last night.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 01:40 PM

That is a nice addition to your saw that should improve its functionality. The extension table is not one of the saw’s best features and converting it to a router table is a good idea.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Maveric777

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 03:04 PM

That dog will hunt! This has me thinking about my set up at the house now. Thanks for giving me an idea. Hope what ever I come up with looks half as good as yours.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Roger

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 03:27 PM

Very nice. Very versatile.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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TheGravedigger

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 03:45 PM

Attaching with fence clamps! That gives me all SORTS of ideas!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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happy_budah

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 04:33 PM

that looks nice what will you do for the oversized router bits? the profiles are so varied? i built an adjustable and replaceable center panel in to my fence that can be completly removed. I use the router for cutting biscuits as well as edging and cutting dados although i don’t have the T-slot you do

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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trasner

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 05:00 PM

That is very nice. I thought about a split fence like yours but I figure if I have an oversized bit then I will get a 2×6, clamp it to fence, and use it as a zero clearance sacrificial fence.

-- Todd

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 11-08-2010 05:03 PM

Great looking project! If you want to save money and not buy a lift the Triton Router are the way to go. No lift necessary, and you change the bit & raise and lower it from the top of the table. The best thing is not spending money on a lift! I have one and once my buddies saw it and used it they all bought one. Just an idea for ya. Good luck. Here a link where I bought one.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=router+triton&tag=googhydr-20&index=tools&hvadid=4062962777&ref=pd_sl_349l1zrzqm_b

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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trasner

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#12 posted 11-08-2010 05:19 PM

Good idea. I didn’t know there was a router on the market with a built in lift. I will definitely look at it. Thanks

-- Todd

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sandhill

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#13 posted 11-09-2010 02:13 AM

Cool nice job. The only thing I would change is the plywood. It can change dimension over time especially with the fence clamps your using I had tried that scenario and it went out of alignment in a month I even sealed it.

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lovinmrv

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 04:56 PM

I’m in the process of making one,. as well…then I’m going to install a lift. But, since I am endowed (sp?) with a good dose of Yankee frugality (read: cheap!), I’m going to make my own lift…Check some of these designs out…http://www.instructables.com/pages/search/search.jsp?cx=partner-pub-1783560022203827%3Anpr2q7v5m6t&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=router+lift

-- Life is a sales job.

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