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Forum topic by kent_michaels posted 1304 days ago 1352 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kent_michaels

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1304 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question router

In a perfect world I’d love to build a new yankee style router station, but I just don’t have the room in my garage for a setup that size. I’m now trying to decide between building a much smaller stand alone router table, or buying a nice benchtop router table ( I currently have a cheap one that is passable but a PIA to use), or buying an extension and adding to my tablesaw. All of these options are roughly the same cost. Just wondering if anyone more experienced with router table options has an opinon on the best method. I’m kind of leaning towards the table saw extension, as the extra surface area on top would be nice, but I worry that keeping it solid and level with the table will be a bit of a task. Thoughts? Thanks guys


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lew

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#1 posted 1304 days ago

If you are pressed for space, I’d go for the saw table extension type. My basement shop is VERY small so I used this approach.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Tomoose

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#2 posted 1304 days ago

I did a table extension also – has been working waaaaay better than the Craftsman bench top table I had before – no comparison. You can see it here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/25818

Though I now have more shop space than when I built this, I still find this setup works great and do not yet have a need to have a separate dedicated router station.

Good Luck

- Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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kent_michaels

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#3 posted 1304 days ago

Tom – I have the same tablesaw that you have, but with a different fence system, did you find it difficult to get it securely attatched to the table? Looks great btw

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Cosmicsniper

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#4 posted 1304 days ago

I’d definitely go with the extension if you are short on space…and the secondary advantage to it (an underrated one) is the increased surface area for the saw.

You can easily make one. Or, do like me and just buy something like a Bench Dog…it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

Whichever you decide, I’d avoid unstable, small workarea tabletop solutions. To me, it’s just too dangerous of a tool to NOT have that stability…and it’s real easy to make firewood with a poorly designed and constructed router table.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Tomoose

320 posts in 2007 days


#5 posted 1304 days ago

Kent – it was easy to attach – sent you a PM with details to avoid inadvertently hijacking this thread.

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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KYSean

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#6 posted 1303 days ago

If space is an issue, go with the tablesaw method. They work fine

-- http://seantroy.com

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