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Project by Macster posted 09-18-2012 02:24 PM 9912 views 28 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

like a lot of people i had an opening at the end of my table saw…and like a lot of people i decided to make it a router table. My awesome BIL gave me the Hitachi M12V router that you see in the pic, i got the insert from Rockler on sale for over 1/2 off! the extenstion is 1” thick plywood. i routed out the thickness of the insert and dropped the insert right in on the first try. amazing. the miter track was done the same way as the insert. i am VERY pleased with how this came out. I plan on using my TS fence with a sacrificial fence attached to it with dust collection.

Any suggestions on how to setup the fence? side note…the t-track on my ts fence is on the top, there isnt one on the side.

*UPDATE* Underneath pictures added as requested.

Please note…i also plan to build a router lift, thats in the future tho.

Thanks for the Top 3 spot guys!!

-- "Still Learning"





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reymundo42

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 03:36 PM

You and I have the same table saw. Send me your email address and I’ll send you some photos of how I created a super fence for my router using the TS fence. My email address is ray.lanham@sbcglobal.net.

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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Randy_ATX

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 06:45 PM

I am guessing this is a Rigid 4512? I purchased one a couple of weeks ago and should probably do something similar. Nice job.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Macster

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 06:47 PM

Yes it is 4512. I love this Table Saw.

-- "Still Learning"

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thughes37

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 07:50 PM

How did you attach it to the rails? Very nice indeed. I have the 3650 and wonder if it would work the same as the 4512. Any thoughts?

-- All things are possible, only believe.

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knighthood6

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 08:49 PM

Nice insert! I have the Ridgid TS3650 and would like to build one for myself. Thanks for sharing. Wonder if 3/4” MDF would be a suitable material for this project?

-- Sam

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Macster

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 09:26 PM

i love my 4512. I attached it to the rails with runners attached to the underneath of the table top and then screwed to the rails through the holes provided. i can provide pictures if you prefer.

-- "Still Learning"

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Macster

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 09:28 PM

Sam,
not sure MDF would be strong enough to hold the router (depending on the size), you have to remember you will be routing out 1/4” for the insert so you will lose some of the strength in the MDF.

-- "Still Learning"

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rkober

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 10:39 PM

You’ll get a lot of use out of that system. For what it’s worth here’s what I did: http://lumberjocks.com/rkober/blog/28692.

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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cutworm

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 11:10 PM

Great job. I did something like yours on my TS3660. The back of my fence has a T-slot. I used it to slide my router fence on.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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Macster

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 11:11 PM

rkober,
I like it, i favorited it.

I like yours too Cutworm.

-- "Still Learning"

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kommon_sense

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#11 posted 09-19-2012 02:26 AM

Looks good. Funny thing is, I have a 4512 and also scored the 1/2 off rockler accessories. So thanks for the inspiration to get off my butt and get it done :)

-- Expert Sawdust Maker

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8ball

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 02:42 AM

i have the same saw and would like to do this so pics from the bottom would be great thanks

-- Rodney, Arlington Texas

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Macster

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#13 posted 09-19-2012 12:07 PM

Rodney,
Underneath pics have been posted.

-- "Still Learning"

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jfouse

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#14 posted 09-19-2012 12:12 PM

3650 here also. I’ve been thinking through doing the same thing, but wasn’t sure if the rails were ok supporting the weight or if I would need to add some sort of supplemental support underneath.

-- Anyone who wants an excuse can find one. Don't bother telling me yours; I have enough of my own to fight off.

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Macster

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#15 posted 09-19-2012 12:14 PM

jfouse,
the rails on the 4512 are plenty beefy, i could probably hang from them. very sturdy, not sure about the 3650, never seen one.

-- "Still Learning"

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