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Forum topic by mrg posted 02-09-2011 06:45 AM 1259 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2011 06:45 AM

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Hi all I know that a lot of questions have been asked about router tables as of late.

I am looking at making an extension table on my older Delta contractors saw model 34-410 to be exact. I would like to build the table to the right side in between the round rails of the original fence. My concern is will it be to heavy?
I was planning on laminating 1/2” and 3/4” mdf to get 1.25” thickness, mount to stamped steel wing with bolts thru a piece of angle iron to create a lip for the router table and the table would be 27” front to back and the width to the end of the rails. I have checked clearance for the fence and should have no problem if mounted at the wing and far end of the rails. I will need a support at the end. The saw is on a mobile base.

Has anyone done this with this type of saw, and what issues did you encounter?

-- mrg

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 09:46 AM

A stamped steel wing will flex and might bend badly. Once it bends, it stretches the metal and is junk. Be sure that your extension is rigid.

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 11:09 AM

a few thousand have tried it…....................thats why the “gizmo” is parked against the garage wall away fom the wifes car

most failed

cuz the car is still parked there and it isnt gonna budge an inch lol

The measure of a good cabinet maker isnt why he/she couldnt do something but rather why they could.

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 03:33 PM

I recommend building a cabinet for your saw and then adding a router table extension. The cabinet will provide you with better dust control and storage while allowing you to add a router table without worrying about it tipping over. I successfully did this with my contractor saw and it works great. BTW- my contractor saw has 52” rails so I needed to build the cabinet in order to pull this off.

-- Ted

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 03:29 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I have rethought the idea and think I am going to actually put the router at the end of my out feed table. It is long enough and if i have to cut anything long like sheet goods i will have to make sure the bit is down and the fence is removed.

lilredweldingrod you made a valid point, I leaned on the right wing and rail and it gives a little so the weight being on it for any extended period of time will eventually warp everything.

tedth66 I like the way you did your set up. I think the way I am going to do my setup for now should work out OK. I am looking at getting a new saw and am leaning toward the sawstop Pro 1.75. cabinet and saw.

-- mrg

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