|Project by steliart||posted 06-14-2013 01:47 PM||7781 views||19 times favorited||14 comments|
Router Table standalone and Table Saw Extension
I build my router table to be a standalone station but also an extension to my table saw.
The table body is mainly build with melamine board except the top which is 3/4+1/2 MDF laminated with Formica and dressed with oak edges.
For the top’s insert plate I choose the Kreg plate with its levelers.
The table has 5 small drawers on its top part (1 for tools, 2×1/2 bits, 1X1/4 bits and 1 for storing set-up blogs) and 1 electrical compartment.
The lower part of the table has a shelve cabinet divided in two, a shallow and a deep drawer. The whole table sits on 4 levelers.
At its left side I’ve mounted some old plastic pegboard frames to hang my bush sticks and a measuring tape.
The router mounted under my table is the Dewalt 625EK 3HP with a fine high adjuster.
When the router is lifted high enough it allows me to change bits from the top, so there was no need for a lift.
One thing I did different was to have the routers dust extraction adapter fit on the router and connect it with a shop vac hose to the dust collection outlet. This way I get almost everything and with the fence dust extraction connected I have 95-97% collection, so there was no need to enclose the router which is much happier this way due to better cooling ventilation. I’m very happy and impressed with the dust collection results.
At the right side of the table there’s the emergency router switch and the outlet of the dust collection from 56mm to 110mm to 100mm. I use the same flexible hose of my table saw with quick connection couplings to connect to the router table.
The fence is made out of MDF and Formica lamination. It attaches to my table saw fence so it’s always parallel and I use long flexible hose to allow it to move way back so that I can use the router table to groove dados (my table saw is European style, so no long enough arbor for a dado blade).
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-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions