|Project by zzzzdoc||posted 04-20-2011 06:24 PM||26501 views||141 times favorited||60 comments|
Here’s my completed SawStop and Router Cabinet. I’ve added foldaway outfeed and infeed tables for safety and versatility.
This is based on an amazing similar table by Tedth66, who graciously provided me continual assistance as I built the project. This is a modification of his design, adding a few details, and making it work for my shop.
I have a 2 car garage / workshop that is tremendously space challenged, so I need to be clever about every square inch. On top of that, I enjoy modifying designs and making them work custom for me. So when I saw Ted’s great SawStop Cabinet and Router Table, I knew I had to build it.
Additionally, I just had to have better dust collection than the SawStop contractor’s saw provides. This design dramatically improved that. I have provided for 6” DC for under the table saw, with a dedicated dust cabin that funnels sawdust to the cyclone. Dust collection is roughly equivalent to a SawStop ICS and is amazingly good for the router table.
Under the saw are drawers to store the blades, wrenches, saw guards, and anything else I could think of.
For the router table I have installed an Incra Wonder Fence, and have a Porter Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP router that permanently sits in the router table, which is a Peachtree Woodworking cast iron router table wing. It has a separate dust collection box connected to a 4” DC run wye’d to a 2.5” DC duct for the above table guard. With my 5-HP cyclone, all is sucked up like a tornado. There are drawers that pull out under the router table to store router bits, wrenches, inserts, jigs, templates, you name it – there’s a spot for it. The router itself can be seen through a polycarbonate window, and I added a Wixey digital remote router readout to help with micro-adjustments of the router Woodpecker’s PRL-V2 router lift. In the future I might swap that out for an MLCS motorized router lift.
The outfeed table has a fixed portion which remains, plus a movable portion which pivots downward to save a huge amount of space so that the cabinet can be moved against the wall and I can use the garage/workshop to park my car. I made a simplified version of Tedth66’s design. His incredible auto-retracting version wouldn’t help me with my cyclone in the way, plus my larger ducting might have presented issues.
The infeed table retracts entirely under the front fence when not needed, with removable inserts with roller balls to aid in long ripping or sheet goods. The individual inserts were made so that the handle from the Biesenmeyer fence could clear the insert. All the tolerances on the cabinet were extremely tight, as there are a huge number of mechanical concerns with the saw tilting, handles needing clearance, etc…
The entire cabinet is built on 6 casters on a torsion box base, so handling the weight of the cabinet was a piece of cake.
All in all, I now have dramatically improved dust collection, a much smaller footprint, a huge amount of increased storage, a router table with an amazingly versatile fence, and both infeed and outfeed tables. I’m quite happy with how it came out.
For anyone wanting more details of the entire build, check out my blog at:
SawStop and Router Cabinet Blog
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