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Project by kiefer posted 09-18-2013 10:13 PM 5931 views 20 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally getting around to set up my shop and make it more compact and convenient to work in .
Since most of my projects these day are smaller in size I thought to put my router table top on the table saw as an extension and that was the start of this workstation idea .
Started out with a welded steel frame with casters and an MDF top on that ,put on the table saw and build a cabinet for the router table top to have good storage for all the router accessories and the router fence which goes below the table when not in use .
The router table top is also my sanding and assembly area and works well for that since it is covered in plastic laminate ,keeps me from using the table saw as a flat surface when assembling .
The other addition is a vise I have had for years and finally found a good spot for on the side of the router table and this is a handy distance to my hand tools and sanders etc.
I can do my panel sanding on this flat surface also by putting a brace with two dowel into the dog holes and also use the vise in combination with bench dogs .
Also put new cheeks on my table saw fence and built the router fence both with CORIAN type of material .
No T track on this every thing is dovetail track which locks the fence well in place and is a simple item to make yourself .
Just have to install a power bar and dust collection to the router table .
There will be more to come in a way of accessories I am sure but no rush .

-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 10:23 PM

That’s the first time I’ve seen something like this. I like it a lot, this should be very handy for you.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 10:44 PM

Good design, good build and good tool addition to the shop. Wish I had seen how you did the inside walls of your shop before I HUNG all the plywood in mine! LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 11:05 PM

looking good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 11:15 PM

I like it. well done.

-- Guy,PEI

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 11:49 PM

Really nice, it look like a wonderful place to work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 12:17 AM

Very nice job on all of that my friend.
I like the addition of the vise where you put it, and the addition of the Router and new fence cheeks add to an already nice set up.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 12:26 AM

Looks good Kiefer! Nice shop too!

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

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 02:36 AM

Looks like that will do a fine job—nice organization.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 02:51 AM

Very nice. You have a lot incorporated into one station! Thanks for sharing,Kiefer!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 05:51 AM

Now that’s multi-tasking a table. Looks like a real space saver and well constructed too.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 09-19-2013 07:31 AM

This is awesome! Very creative with the vise added and the top. The craftsmanship is 2nd to none, thats for sure. Great job. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 08:40 AM

Nice compact workstation, I’m sure it will serve you well

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 01:14 PM

Love the design and how you incorporated the vise into the router table.

hmmmmmm, gives me an idea. Thanks!!

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 03:10 PM

Stellar job on the build of the work station…...I like it…....!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 08:37 PM

Nice workstation and I particularly like the added vice and dog holes.
I have one question though. Why did you make a separate fence for the router?
I have much the same setup on my saw with the router lift mounted on the extended table to the right but my unifence, like your fence, reaches well past the router and makes all the fence I’ve ever needed.
I know you will have an answer. ....... :-)

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

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