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Forum topic by chazmonro posted 10-20-2007 06:32 AM 938 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2007 06:32 AM

Hey guys, I have an incra TSIII on my 10 inch jet contractor saw with the router table, anyone know what I’m talking about? The router table top is suspended between 2 aluminum extruded tracks that bolt to the table saw. The problem I am having is that the top keeps sagging over time, I know its because the router lift is really heavy and the T-slot is a weak point (this is the standard woodpeckers auxilary router table that works with the incra saw system) I am using sketchup to come up with a solution, my plan is to build a cabinet under the table giving support to the bottom side of the table, I am hoping I can force it back level and then keep it that way by incorporating a torson box framework under the top.

I’m using sketchup to design the table, and I am at a critical point… how much room do I need to give the router lift assembly for up and down travel inside the cabinet? My design right now gives 14 inches of space from the very top of the router plate to the very bottom of the enclosure for the lift, is that enough room or should there be more? What is the standard size, is there one?


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#1 posted 10-21-2007 10:33 PM

I dont believe there is a standard. When I built router table it was designed to suit my needs and not to suit industry standard thats for sure. I think your best off doing the same. I gave myself plenty of room to fiddle around. Just measured it at 16” from top of router plate to my first shelf in the enclosure. This is more than enough room for my porter cable 890 which is pretty long a router.

There are a few other blogs around the net on these tops sagging this is one I found. Good Luck

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