Table Saw Workstation #1: The router wing

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Blog entry by raf posted 03-14-2009 11:32 PM 10186 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’ve been working on this project for a little while now. It’s far from complete…I still need to finish adding drawers to the router cabinet, and also decide what I’m going to put on the right side of the table saw (I’m thinking a downdraft table right now, but we’ll see).

I’m not working off of any particular plan…There are quite a few of these workstations on this site as well as out on the web, so if I see something I like, I incorporate…which is probably why I’ve made quite a few mistakes on this one. Really the only requirements I have is that:
- I wanted to keep the saw on its own base (if I took it off the base, it would just be another thing laying around the shop)
- Had to be mobile…you can’t see in these pictures, but there are 4” casters under that bad boy.

The frame is made out of 2×4s with angle iron to support the saw. The router cabinet is made out of MDF. I got some of those confirmat screws at woodcraft the other day, so I decided to try them out of this one. Used in conjunction with some dadoes and rabbets, those really do add a lot of strength.

Anyways, that’s it for now. Gotta go back out and start working on drawers.

Front of the table saw

Front of the router cabinet

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#1 posted 03-15-2009 02:55 AM

Great Project!!

Really like the additional storage area!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-15-2009 02:58 AM

I like it when people do these things to make their woodworking job easier. I love what you did there. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 03-15-2009 03:19 AM

Looks nice. Can’t wait to see the finsihed product.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 03-15-2009 04:08 AM

This is a neat design. I’m looking forward to seeing you complete it.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 03-15-2009 04:24 AM

Looks good….nice and useful project…can’t wait to see it done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 03-15-2009 04:58 AM

Nice looking design!

Looking forward to seeing more.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-15-2009 03:44 PM

Nice. Have you thought about getting longer rails for your T.S. so you can just use the fence for both tools?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 03-15-2009 05:58 PM

The longer fence rails sure would be nice. My trouble is, I keep looking at that darn incra fence…I like it, but I just can’t bring myself to spend the 400+ dollars (i.e. loml would probably kill me :) ). So for right now, I’m just going to stick with this.

I did build it so when I decide to switch them out, I won’t have to take the cabinet or the table top out (At least I hope).

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 12:22 AM

Good project!

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