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Forum topic by jay443 posted 09-09-2016 01:08 PM 779 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2016 01:08 PM

I have a SawStop with a 36’’ fence with the included extension table. I’ve seen people drop router plates/lifts into this SawStop extension table. I’ve also read about people who were unhappy after doing so because of the sag of the table over time. The top isn’t that thick, but I was thinking about adding quite a bit of extra support underneath. Would this work? I guess I don’t understand router tables well enough to know why it would sag if I added a bunch of cross-bracing to support the lift. Thanks.

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#1 posted 09-09-2016 08:42 PM

I did that some years ago with a Delta extension. The bracing I used was 3/4” angle iron, and used several pieces. It stayed flat for several years, then I sold that saw.The Sawstop table is 1/2 of a torsion box (at least mine is). I would bet all 3.76 of this months SS check that if you put a skin on the bottom of their table, it would be a complete torsion box, and may not need any other bracing.

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 02:17 AM

I have a 36” SawStop PCS and have intentions of mounting a router to the extension table. I expect I’ll add bracing and that should be all it needs, and skinning the bottom as Fred suggests is a great idea to add yet more strength. There’s minimal bracing on it now, so it will need more than just an added skin. But all of that would be trivial do do.

For bracing I’ll use Baltic Birch plywood since it will be relatively stable. Though if made into an actual torsion box, even MDF would work fine.

It also would be trivial to build a completely new extension table (this saving the stock extension if desired). And again, I like Fred’s torsion box idea. If you make one from scratch, you could laminate the top and for stability the bottom as well. Though given it’s size, two layers of particle board, with plastic laminate would be plenty stiff as well and not that much heavier.

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