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Router Table Extension for the Table Saw

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Project by Tony Mirabella posted 234 days ago 2135 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Evening, all.

I’ve been working on tuning up this old Craftsman 113. I put on the Delta fence a couple weeks ago and decided I needed to fill up all that extra space that the new rails provided. Naturally, since space is always at a premium, a router table extension was the way to go.

This one’s pretty simple, as router tables go. The frame is made of some scrap oak and is secured to the front and back fence rails as well as the cast iron table. The table top is laminated layers of MDF & tempered hardboard and is mounted on cleats attached to the frame. I originally intended to add fold out legs for stability, but my temporary mobile base seems to be balancing it out pretty nicely.

The router plate is shop-made. I had a chunk of 1/2” acrylic laying around, so I cut it to size, drilled mounting holes for the router, and added some little grub screws around the perimeter for leveling it. Still need to enlarge the hole and make some interchangeable throat plates for it, but its worked well so far.

I’m using my Ridgid router and its fixed base as a lift since it can be adjusted from above the table. Irritating side note about the fixed base on this one: if you attach the provided dust shield and port to it, the screws block the t-handle from being able to reach the adjustment rod, so the above-the-table adjustment is rendered useless. I love my router, and it’d be easy to circumvent this issue, but that seems like a silly oversight on Ridgid’s part.

Anywho, I’m ridiculously pleased with this thing. I’m not used to having such a large router table to work from OR all the extra room on my table saw. Next up, a router fence and better dust collection.





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aussiedave

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#1 posted 233 days ago

Nicely done Tony. Always a much needed addition to any workshop, you will get a lot of use out of it I am sure.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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mariva57

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#2 posted 233 days ago

Great idea, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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Tony Mirabella

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#3 posted 233 days ago

Thanks, Dave and Mariva. Fun little project.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 233 days ago

Looks like a great router table.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 233 days ago

Nice job Tony. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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Farrout

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#6 posted 232 days ago

Nice project.
I built one for my JET saw and I love it.
I would recommend you purchase a roller support. They are adjustable and can be used to support the router end when working there. I was nervous about putting too much weight on that end and having it tip.
Also, the roller support makes a pretty good out feed support for the saw.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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Knothead62

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#7 posted 232 days ago

Nice. That is what I’m looking at for my TS. Could you give some detail on how you attached it to the rails and table. Pictures would be nice if your time permits. Great idea and thanks for sharing!

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Farrout

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#8 posted 232 days ago

Here is a link to mine showing how it was attached.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/71605

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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Tony Mirabella

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#9 posted 232 days ago

Farrout:
I actually have a couple of those but hadn’t thought of using it as a support. I’ll give that a try, thanks.

Knothead:
I’ve actually got a few good pictures of how it’s attached. I’ll upload and post them when I get home from work.

Again, thanks for all the kind words, guys.

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Tony Mirabella

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#10 posted 232 days ago

Knot,

My pictures weren’t as helpful as I thought, but I do have a shot of an exploded 3D model…

I pretty much used that method all the way around.

Prior to assembling the frame, I clamped each piece in place, using a long straight edge to make sure it was level with the table. I used the existing holes on the table and rails to mark my holes for drilling. I drilled and counterbored each hole to make room for a washer and completely recess the head of each bolt. Of course, this wasn’t possible on the front rail since nothing can be protruding towards the guide tube, but a few notches in the underside of the table allowed me to flip those bolts around.

I just kinda made this up as I went, but it seems pretty sturdy to me.

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