|Project by Tony Mirabella||posted 12-29-2013 05:05 AM||4301 views||7 times favorited||10 comments|
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.