|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 10-07-2013 01:12 PM||3479 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
This project is one of those things I’ve wanted to do for a while. My table saw is small, and you can only rip something about 11 inches wide. It always seemes to me that I need to rip something 12 inches wide. Since my router table is one of those store bought bench top types, I decided to incorporate the router table cabinet into the table saw and kill two birds with one stone. The cabinet itself much resembles the two I made for my drill press and band saw. They all bear a family resemblance in design and paint scheme.
The router cabinet needed to house the router and have 3 drawers for storage. (You can never have too much storage.) My fence clamps to my table saw fence and has a vacuum port in it. I’m hoping to incorporate a dedicated shop vac under my table saw soon.
The cabinet itself is wired with an outlet and a switch which is handy for both the TS and the router. A large door allows me to easily access the height adjustment, especially if I just need to lower the bit. The router and base plate lift right out to make changing bits a breeze and I’ve hung the wrench for that job on the side of the cabinet. The top drawer is more than big enough to hold the bits I currently own. Time to buy more bits.
Instead of making the fence movable, I decided to create a removable face plate on the fence. This allows me to make the gap exactly as big as I need, or just leave the blank one in place.
I also made collars for around the cutting bit. They are held in place with rare earth magnets. The smallest one is a blank to keep sawdust out of the router when not in use.
Even though this is not as large as the typical router table, I think it is a good upgrade. I also have an idea of building a scroll saw from one of my spare jig saws. I can design it to mount in the rectangle where the router base plate now sits.
-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!