Router Table for ShopSmith

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Project by shipwright posted 02-05-2012 12:14 AM 6757 views 19 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another little upgrade to my Az shop. The second photo shows what I’ve been using as a router table. It came as a throw in with my ShopSmith 510 when I picked it up a few years ago. The PC router came as well. It is portable, has an adjustable fence and it works as well as is required. However it is a bit of a cumbersome pita to pull in and out of a cupboard (where it takes up a lot of usable space) and set up on saw horses.

At home I have become used to having my router lift on the extension table of my Unisaw. The big advantage is of course saving in space and the ability to use the unifence.

After a bit of thought I came up with this little setup. Its advantages are small size, ability to use the table saw fence, dust collection and a solid base that doesn’t take up extra space like the saw horses did. It is also at a much more comfortable height.

The design allows the table to be hooked on the back table support tube and then pivoted down to a “click” friction fit against the front tube. There is no need for any kind of lock. It fits flush with the table and accepts my DC hose via a clamp on extension to the fence.

I’m very happy with it and I have more space in the cupboard.

Hope someone else can use this idea.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 02-05-2012 12:19 AM

Great idea Paul very slick,thanks for sharing.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-05-2012 01:05 AM

I like it. Good move.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 02-05-2012 02:44 AM

Nice setup! Ah…space! Somthing I wold love to have more of!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 02-05-2012 02:46 AM

You continue to make me feel real bad about almost giving away the Shopsmith I had many years ago. I was of the mindset that having dedicated tools designed for specific functions was the “better” way to go and I went in that direction. You havd changed my mind on that. Oh how I wish I had kept that tool. Your resourcefulness is remarkable and you continue to inspire me to do better. I have marveled at your marquetry projects and could only wish that I could be looking over your shoulder to learn how to accomplish a smidgen of what you do. I recently received a course catalog from the John C. Campbell Folk School and am trying to arrange taking a course in basic marquetry. I’ve always admired it and want so badly to learn more about it.

Thanks for all you bring to LJs and continuing to inspire us woodchucks.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 02-05-2012 03:33 AM

You just keep showing us Paul how to get your head around working things out in the shop, well done mate, :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 02-05-2012 04:41 AM

Nice setup, Paul.

I bet that dust collection system works well.


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#8 posted 02-05-2012 05:18 AM

Very clever setup. I like that it is so narrow and takes up so little space when not installed on the saw. Thanks for sharing your inventions.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 02-05-2012 01:08 PM

Making a good tool better. Well done, Paul.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 02-05-2012 01:36 PM

Hey this is pretty slick. I too have a shopsmith. This would be an easy addition. Thanks

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#11 posted 02-05-2012 01:43 PM

Clever solution Paul. It seems that small shops are the mother of invention, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 02-05-2012 03:49 PM

very kool Paul. very cleaver like stefang says

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 02-05-2012 06:41 PM

Mike, You are absolutely right. Space in a small shop is like weight on a racing sailboat. Any saving you can make helps, no matter how small it may seem.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 02-05-2012 08:49 PM

Verry smart idea using your table saw and addind a router table you should mass produce that idea

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#15 posted 02-05-2012 09:15 PM

Clever use of space.

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