router lift from table saw

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Forum topic by squazo posted 12-29-2016 01:47 AM 629 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2016 01:47 AM

So Im not talking about adding a wing to a table saw and putting a router in there. Im talking about the fact that even a el cheapo table saw has a decent blade raising mechanism maybe it would be possible to modify a blade raising mechanism to a router lift. pull the motor get rid of the arbor etc.

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#1 posted 12-29-2016 04:06 AM

Interesting idea to try. With plenty of cheap table-saws being tossed or sold for next to nothing you would not be out much in the wallet department. Now time invested and issues to work around. Will be a unique project to post if you make it work.

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#2 posted 12-29-2016 04:42 AM

Sounds like an idea worth pursuing. It may be tricking getting really fine adjustments with the table saw blade-adjusting mechanism but I’d be interested in following along for the ride.

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#3 posted 12-29-2016 04:46 AM

Can probably be done with enough time, money, work and engineering. Would be tough though, particularly regarding how to make a router go up and down vertically, when the arbor assembly on most table saws pivot in an arc.


PS: If it were easy, we would see them everywhere and maybe even an instructibles on it :)

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 12:25 PM

I think Brad is right. I just gutted my old table saw and turned it into a router table. It doesn’t take any time to adjust the height from the inside.


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#5 posted 12-29-2016 01:50 PM

How well does it keep its adjustment though, and how accurately can you set it in the first place? I guess if you’re just using edge trimming bits, or something like that, it doesn’t matter, but most of my setups require adjustments down to the thousandths of an inch and need to stay where I put them.

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#6 posted 12-29-2016 02:21 PM

Someone did it in this forum if you scroll down, but the blade raising mechanism was tossed for a conventional router lift. I have no idea how he cut the hole in the top. I agree that as a saw blade spins differently than a router blade and that it’s probably best to just go with a router lift.

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