|Forum topic by barnbuilder||posted 01-29-2016 06:22 PM||409 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
01-29-2016 06:22 PM
I’m brainstorming ways of building a router table extension into the wing of my table saw. I’m also going to build a cabinet underneath the router table. My thoughts are to mount the table top and cabinet to the rails of the saw but not to each other. That way I can adjust the height of the table in order to make it flush with the cast top of the saw by not having it attached to the cabinet.
My question is in regards to the strength of the router table top… I have a PC 7518 and the Incra lift = Heavy! I also plan to cut slots for T track into the top (compromise strength). I thought about building the top out of 1” MDF and running some braces underneath. But then I had the idea of not using any braces underneath and mounting some leveling feet to the inside vertical wall of the cabinet close to the router plate opening. This would provide support around the plate opening and give me adjustability to apply more or less pressure to correct for sagging/crown. The mounts would be something like this (obviously they would be mounted upside down from this with the flat foot against the underside of the top):
Is there any reason this wouldn’t work well? Is 1” MDF enough given the weight of the router and lift and the slots for the T track or should I add a layer of plywood underneath (I have ¾” BB on hand)? I would use a total of 4 of these mounts, one on each side of the plate opening.
Sorry for the lengthy post. I’ve never built a router table before and don’t have a good feel for the support needed.