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Forum topic by fkoehler posted 09-06-2016 12:45 PM 613 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2016 12:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router tablesaw

OK, probably got some attention with that headline.

Sitrep- Just moved from CA to NY to be back with family.
Had a Ryobi BT3100 that I left behind, but brought the PC 891 router.
Rarely used the former, never the later. I should add, I am not what many would call exceptionally skilled in the crafts.

For some reason, routing seems to really interest me, so the new place is going to see the 2-car garage actually be used as a 1-car and woodworking/general tomfoolery shop.

So I’ve been drooling over all the workbench porn I’ve been seeing, however bootstrapping from saw horses to bench to routing seems to be potentially a long journey.
So the wife just hit Amazon and got me one of those 2×4 Basics workbench kits. The ones where you just add 2×4’s, some water and poof.. you have a work bench.

I feel like I am cheating, however even though I am paying for essentially 4×4’s, being able to just cut some 2×4 on my new 12” sliding mitre seems like a compromise to move ahead quickly.

The real question I have is, would I be stupid to try and make this into a combined table saw and router table?
BiL just dropped of my dad’s old Collins 10”, which I know is probably poor/underpowered, however since I won’t be cutting much aside from 2×4/6/10’s, and little large goods, this should be enough for now at least.

Or, would this be a special kind of stupid, and I should perhaps just leave the TS on the small bench it is currently attached to, build something similar for the router table, and leave the bench as a bench?

Don’t expect to be building large cabinets or doors, etc, just smaller stuff that most neophytes would.

Appreciate any comments, suggestions.

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#1 posted 09-06-2016 03:38 PM

Unless floor space is an issue, I think that I would just leave the little table saw on its current stand and make a separate router table. Look around at some of the various portable router table designs. You can easily make (or buy) one that attaches to or sits on your work bench for example. They don’t have to be a stand alone design. I’ve used one for years that is not much more than a piece of 3/4” plywood with a hole drilled through it for the bit and a recess routed in the bottom for the mounting the router that I simply clamp to a corner of my bench. When it is not in use, just lean it against a wall or the the workbench. There are many other more ingenious designs out there.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 12:18 AM

Thanks Lazyman.

I think I’ll do that for now, and after some use see how that works for me.

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 12:16 PM

Just bought this Grizzly Router table. Very pleased; add some wheels and your good to go. Couldn’t believe how thick (strong) the table top is. At $119.00 + shipping. It’s hard to beat.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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