|Project by Sam||posted 12-11-2012 01:38 AM||5480 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
Necessity, being the mother of all invention, and Christmas approaching fast, I had to get creative for a router table extension for my table saw. A few days and $20 later, I have a quick and cheap router table. Eventually I plan to build Mathias Wandel’s tilting router lift and a nice split router fence to complete the setup.
- I measured and cut the melamine top, then epoxied and screwed two runners to the bottom to attach to the table saw.
- Diagonal lines gave the the center of the table and I drilled a 2 1/4” hole for the router bit.
- I traced the outline of my fixed router base and using a straight cut bit, routed a 3/16” deep recess into the bottom of the table. This was 1/16” less than the height of the base’s thickness.
- I cut some spare pieces of wood and attached them to the table to clamp the base into place (the 1/16” difference in the base and table height made the blocks clamp the base naturally).
- I removed the handles and made some blocks that attached to the base and secured the router base laterally.
I have yet to try it out, but it’s already a major upgrade from my $40 Skil benchtop router table.