Excalibur Router Table extension

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Forum topic by Gittyup posted 02-13-2017 12:07 AM 1540 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2017 12:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router table table saw extension incra lift dustrouter woodpeckers lift

I have a Bridgewood sliding, cast iron router table that I really like except that it takes up a lot of room, and it won’t accept a lift. So, I decided to replace it with a left-side table saw extension. I selected the Excalibur #40-070EK and an Incra Woodpeckers router lift. I chose the Excalilbur because it came with a set of folding legs. Install wasn’t too bad until I got to the dust collection system.

The only complaint I have with the extensions is that you cannot use the leveling inserts that come with the Woodpeckers lift on the Excalibur table. You have to use those supplied with the extension, which adjust from underneath. Still, you only need to adjust them once. Not too bad.

I opted for the dustrouter dust collection system due to its excellent reviews. It keeps the motor open for optimum cooling and minimum dust, and reduces volume next to my table saw motor. The dustrouter works very very well.

Because my dust collection system is 4”, the fence used 2-1/2”, and the dustrouter used 1-1/2 hose, I spent more time building and installing the dust collection than I did installing the extension and the lift. I’m very happy with the end results, even if not so pretty to look at. It work’s well, and the router fence and hose come off easily.

One note to those who might be considering the dustrouter with the Incra magnet inserts: You’ll have to attach a velcro ring to each insert, which means buying extras from mastercraft.

I added a safety switch from Rockler and I already had the foot pedal control.

The extension has several threaded bosses underneath that come in handy for attaching things.

I plan to build a 20×20 x 16 rolling cabinet to put under the extension for router part storage.

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