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Project by dbhost posted 01-26-2011 06:07 AM 6873 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is. After fooling around with the Ryobi OEM router accessory fence for my BT3100, I decided the add on extension wing / router table, deserved a proper fence. Now mind you, I could have trimmed the corners, or made it prettier, but this is all function. The T track is from Rockler as are the T bolts, My intention was to use star knobs on the adjusters for the faces, but I was an idiot and mis-measured things, and came up 1/4” shy of where I was supposed to be… So 5/16” nuts it is! Other than that bit of stupidity, which I guess I could fix at a later point, I am very happy with the result

The construction is 3/4” scrap SYP decking grade ply, 3/16” tempered hardboard, screws and a tiny bit of glue.
I might have gone a bit overboard on the dust port, but I figure I have a 4” port, why not use it? I originally got the port for my band saw, and opted for a different approach there, so it has been in my shop just, ahem… collecting dust. (oh boy, how ironic is that?)

The table itself needs a second piece of Rockler miter track. I sort of ran short on that!

Once that gets done, and a delamination problem gets solved, I am ready to start building some raised panel doors for the kitchen renovation project that has been put off for far too long!

In all honesty, I am probably going to end up building some shop cabinets fitted with some nice raised panel doors just to get some practice in first, THEN I can work on the kitchen…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com





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BTKS

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 06:30 AM

Nice setup, I like the adjustable panels for the bit opening. Great idea on the shop door then the kitchen doors. Can save some real loud cursing spurts and rebuilds. Later, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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dbhost

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 06:36 AM

Thanks… Yeah, the adjustable faces were key for me…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 07:59 AM

OK, now you got my attention. I like the adjustable fences…......the other T-track is pretty standard. Please don’t complain if I copy you. I might make a bigger table, but the rest looks pretty ingenious, no matter whose idea it was. A new router table top is on my short list…..........

Time for bed, a tough day. Shorter day tomorrow…...perhaps get some more work done on the project table base…and most certainly on the stupid computer case handle…......(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Eagle1

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 08:03 AM

If it works for you. Thats all that is important. If you need to change something down the road you know you can do it again. Now I need to go build be a better router fence for my table.

Thanks for the post.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 04:05 PM

I am in the process of building a table saw router table combination. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow some ideas that you have posted?

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 04:41 PM

Thanks for posting! Great pics and description. I’ve been researcing the best designs and ideas for a shop built router fence and I think you brought them all together in a basic, easy to build and very functional fence. This is the one I’ve been looking for.

-- Bob, Atlanta

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dbhost

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks for the kind words… And feel free to copy and of the ideas I used on this…

The width of the table was determined by the space available between the BT3100 fence rails. A full size cast iron saw would have a wider space available to work in… Another fit and finish detail I need to do, is to round over by sanding the leading edge of the hardboard on the outfeed side of the fence face, that way I don’t present an opportunity for stock to hang up…

FWIW, I did not bother in any way sealing where the dust port connects to the plywood. I figured that I couldn’t possibly get enough leakage around the base to truly impact dust collection…, and considering the surface area of the hole from which I pick up dust and air… I could use some makeup air porting…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 05:36 PM

Still working on my first cup of coffee this morning, so if I don’t make any sense, it is because some part of my brain is still snoring, probably as a result of too much blood in my caffeine stream….........

I was going to add the router table to my TS wing, but then realized that my space configuration would essentially make it impossible to have adequate access to the router table part, while still maintaining proper spacing for my TS in terms of outfeed, infeed, room for the sleds to run etc. Gerald, TheDane, noted he had that problem, and had to abandon a TS mounted router. So after reading his comment, I looked back at the situation, and realized I had the same problem. My TS can move about 18 inches in each direction, max, before running into something with some aspect of its use. That does not leave enough room to access a router on the wing.

I don’t know if you remember, but I put a new base on my old purchased table top…......which is functional, but really needs more size. You can’t get the fence far enough from the bit for larger projects. You have essentially unlimited space in the front to back dimension, and that is one of the advantages of a TS mounted router. My router base works fine otherwise…......the base was built primarily as a dust collection necessity. So I am going to put a larger table on the same base, I think. Or at least reclaim the parts and the idea. The woodwork involved in building a base is not great. If there is anyplace that I could get dual use out of the table, it would be to mount it on the outfeed extension of my TS. I would not be able to use the saw fence in any way, but it would be a good place in terms of space utilization, and I may do that. The outfeed miter slots could be extended out so that the fence could run on those for back and forth movement, and the space utilization would be good. Oh well, just mumbling.

I like your fence.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 05:50 PM

Actually, in my setup, space was the reason I went with a router wing instead of an independent table. At the level of the router wing, in the center line of the bit, I have 10’ unobstructed to the garage door, and 10’ to the back wall of the shop. I can gain more if I open the shop door and scoot the saw closer to the door so no big deal… Not like I am going to rout 16’ long stock anyway! I have done some 8’ stuff working on mitered / raised panel doors before and that was hard enough…

Anyway, the space issue was made to work by making sure the heights of the benches in line with the router table are 1/16” to 1/8” of an inch lower than the height of the router table. No interference problems there!

The drill press is a bit of a squeeze, but it is easy enough to pivot out of the way if it gets in the way… And even then I have 8’ before I have to deal with that!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 01-26-2011 06:00 PM

My problem is the competing equipment, but mostly the totally immovable object in the shop….....the central pillar. So I cluster stuff around the pillar. I would have to sacrifice something to use the router on the wing, and none of the sacrifices make any sense. I have even tried to reconfigure the shop completely, but the pillar always nails me. I have a few other items that are immovable, two doors, a sink, and a walkway. And I can’t lose any wallspace for storage. Oh well, it is not a big issue. The outfeed position may be a very good solution, but will depend on where the bandsaw ends up and how high it’s worksurface is.

Have a good one….......off to the shop to stain the computer case handle so I can do the finally glueup…...........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 01-26-2011 07:53 PM

good set up
I like your fence

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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MoTaD

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 09:50 AM

nice job… i always wonder wat the T-traks on the main board is for?

i was thinking of making one of these … so can someone explain it router tables more to me ….. PLZ

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dbhost

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 05:44 PM

The T track, or T slot depending on if you have the router bit to run a slot instead, is for a featherboard, to keep stock tight against the table. This would be useful in keeping your routing straight when cutting raised panels, or doing slots, things like that where the stock is running along the table instead of on edge against the fence…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 02-19-2011 03:35 PM

Very nice table and its simple to make. I need to get one made for my drill press.

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#15 posted 10-08-2013 08:25 PM

I have the same saw with the router set up, I like your set up, I will see if I can use your idea, great job!!!

-- BIG AL

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