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Forum topic by derrick3636 posted 11-11-2015 12:44 PM 598 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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derrick3636

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11-11-2015 12:44 PM

Hello,

I’ve been reading on this site for a while now, but I’ve never posted anything. After reading a couple threads on table saws, and ended up getting getting a used Craftsman 113.xxx off of CL for what I thought was a good price.

I’ve read about what I need to rebuild it, and that is currently in the works.

My goal is to also utilize a router extension. Since I’m just kind of learning as I go, I’m nowhere near the point where I could figure out something like that on my own. I found this design: http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/make-router-table-extension-table-saw/ It looks basic enough to where I could handle it. I’m wondering if there is anything “wrong” or that anyone dislikes about it? I plan on incorporating Stumpy Nubs’ lift as well, but I wasn’t sure if that would be too much weight hanging off the end.

I’m very much a beginner at all of this. My main projects have been stuff like planter boxes, benches, and a couple odds&ends for my kids. I’m just trying to get better use out of some of the tools I have laying around the garage.

Any help would be awesome.

Thank you for your time.

Derrick


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rwe2156

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 01:21 PM

Before you venture into this project, I would suggest a through check of alignment there are lots of videos and articles on how to do this.

Then take a close look at your fence. If it is one of the old C’man models with the angle iron rails and the handle coming straight out of the fence, they are not very good and you may want to consider replacing it with a better quality aftermarket model.

Other than that, the design should work.

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 03:08 PM

If you have the room, use this top as a stand alone table or bench top unit. I mounted a table off the side of my 2nd table saw. It works but was a pain to mount. When I have time I plan on converting it to a stand alone table and getting rid of the saw. I would not mount one on my primary table saw because it would be in my way almost all of the time.

If the only place you can put a router table is on the wing of your table saw. It is better than not having a router table. I use the router table almost as mush as the table saw.

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 03:21 PM

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 03:32 PM

I have the same opinion as ChisK. I decided to build a portable bench top router table, that I’m very proud of by the way. When I need it I set it on top of the 30” right hand extension of my table saw. If it gets in the way when I use the table saw, I can simply pick it up and remove it. This way I don’t need to disturb the router fence and router depth that may already be setup. In my opinion it’s more efficient to do it this way.

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 03:56 PM

My first router table was similar to that design except it was a standalone. I absolutely hated having the router bolted directly to the table top. I would highly recommend investing in a router table insert from a reputable manufacturer (I have the Kreg and love it). It’s a little investment up front that will save you a ton of headaches in the long run.

I have a standalone cabinet for my router table now and had a portable benchtop one before. So I’ve never had mine on the table saw but I don’t think I’d like it much. But, if space limitations make it your best option, I know lots of people use that format with great success.

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derrick3636

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 08:53 PM

Thank you very much for all of your input!!

As far as the fence goes, I want that to be the first thing that I replace. There are several threads here on LJ talking about how poor of a design it is. I found the design by Hutch on here: http://lumberjocks.com/Hutch/blog/2740 That is the direction I would like to head.

As far as building a standalone unit goes… If I had the space I definitely would. We only have a single car garage, and my wife was not pleased with the room that the TS takes up, so taking up more space might get me into more hot water. I only have the space that the TS takes up to work with. If there was the slight chance that I could get away with taking up a little more room in our garage, something like the stow-and-go from Fine Wood Working: http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/video/stow-and-go-router-table.aspx is about all I’d be able to do.

I’m not 100% set on the idea. I just figured it was a good way(given my space limitations) to kill two birds with one stone. Maybe I’ll look into making this extension into a standalone that I can fold up and put away when not in use…

Again, thank you for all of your input!

Derrick

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#7 posted 11-11-2015 09:14 PM


As far as building a standalone unit goes… If I had the space I definitely would. We only have a single car garage, and my wife was not pleased with the room that the TS takes up, so taking up more space might get me into more hot water.
Derrick

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Derrick , Tell your Wife your not happy with the amount of space her car takes up in the garage.
Well maybe not , that might get you into more than Hot Water. :)

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derrick3636

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 11:58 PM


As far as building a standalone unit goes… If I had the space I definitely would. We only have a single car garage, and my wife was not pleased with the room that the TS takes up, so taking up more space might get me into more hot water.
Derrick

- derrick3636

Derrick , Tell your Wife your not happy with the amount of space her car takes up in the garage.
Well maybe not , that might get you into more than Hot Water. :)

- Richard

Haha! I could try taking that route but I might end up having to sleep in said one car garage.

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