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Forum topic by sreilly24590 posted 06-11-2017 12:04 AM 885 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sreilly24590

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06-11-2017 12:04 AM

So my original thought was to install a Master Lift II on my Sawstop 36” Pro tablesaw but after getting the lift and template I looked closer at the auxiliary table and discovered it looks like it’s at best 1/2” thick. Now I think the plate will fit between the center irb supports below the table top but the plate is at least 3/8” thick leaving precious little to support the plate and weight of the lift and router, in this case the Bosch 1617EVS. So I’ve thought of ways to support the assembly but after using a router table during a class today really wonder if this is a wise idea. Maybe I should consider building a router table myself and either buy or build a good fence system for it?

Any thoughts on this or input from those that have gone down this road? Worked out well, wished you hadn’t, or should have done it sooner and saved a ton of money. I just look at the tables available in the woodworking stores and cringe at the expense of these tables and none included a good router, or a bad router for that matter. No router at all. I already have the Jessem lift so I need to do something other than let it accumulate dust.

Thanks guys and gals.

-- Steve, Virginia


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#1 posted 06-11-2017 12:28 AM

I build my own extension wing for my table saw. I used some prefinished plywood for the top, and I have a similar Jessem lift. I wrapped the edges with maple for durability. I decided to go whole hog and sandwiched two 3/4” plywood pieces together for the top, which made it easy to use 1×2 stock for the edging. I didn’t have any 4/4 maple around the shop so I actually (gasp) bought an S4S 1×2 at the Borg.

It all came out great. I plan to build a proper router table fence to attach to my table saw fence, but haven’t gotten around to it. Dust collection in the fence is a must IMO.

I’d absolutely go the table saw extension wing route. Just make your own.

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#2 posted 06-11-2017 12:54 AM

And of course this was inaccurate, the lift is the JessEm Rout R Lift II, sorry.

I guess what concerns me most was making the extension table, don’t know why I keep calling it an auxiliary table, adjustable to be able to make the adjustment to keep it level with the cast iron table. And the down time of the saw while doing this. I guess I can make the majority of the assembly done before trying to attach it to the rest of the table saw.

The idea of building an auxiliary router fence doesn’t bother me at all as long as I can get decent dust collection. For that matter buying a decent table top and fence looks like between $400-500 and that seems excessive.

-- Steve, Virginia

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 03:25 AM

Why would it be hard to make the extension wing level with the top? Just use elongated holes or slots and loosely bolt it on, then level it out and tighten all the bolts. It’s not difficult. You could also just clamp it to the rails and top nice and level, then bolt it on.

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