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Forum topic by Caboose posted 03-23-2018 05:32 AM 357 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Caboose

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03-23-2018 05:32 AM

So…let’s say a guy was thinking about getting a PM2000 with the wide right side extension table . Said guy would like to put a router lift (Jess-Em or otherwise) in that right side table. Same said guy may want to replace the 50” Accu-Fence with a VSCTools fence. A couple questions:
- if the PM2000 is ordered without the JessEm Rout-R-Lift, I assume that same table space could be used to install just about any other brand/style of router lift, correct?
- can the left side of the VSCTools fence be used for the saw and the right side be fitted with split fence boards and used for the router fence? Or, would it be better to fit that end with a separate fence that is specifically intended for a router fence?

Just planning and plotting…

Thanks, Dean


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#1 posted 03-23-2018 11:24 PM

I have a VSCT fence for my SawStop, and it’s great. The extruded fence is flat on all sides, and faces are parallel/square, with the tracks machined into them. I don’t see why you couldn’t use the ‘other’ side for a router fence. You’ll be limited on the diameter bit you can use by the thickness of the split fence (you don’t want the bit to hit the metal fence.). You might also have to get creative if you wanted dust collection in the fence.

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#2 posted 03-24-2018 03:30 AM

I don’t have a VSCTools fence but I use my Craftsman fence on my Craftsman table saw with my Benchdog table saw extention router table but my router table is on the left side of the table saw.
After writing this I had to go out to check, there were just too many left/rights and Craftsman in that explanation.

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Caboose

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#3 posted 03-25-2018 03:10 PM

Thanks, guys. I appreciate the feedback. I will have to keep that bit width in mind, but I guess I could stack an extra-thick set of boards together. Still deciding if a dedicated router table might be a better way to go. Shop space won’t really be a big limitation once I get my tractor and implements their own home and get some other peoples…stuff…out of my space.
Thanks again,
Dean

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#4 posted 03-25-2018 03:34 PM

I think it would be difficult to incorporate dust collection into the saw fence.

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uptoolateman

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#5 posted 03-25-2018 03:40 PM

I just finished a router table fence for my VSC fence similar to the one in the link below. it has an adjustable throat, dust collection port provisions to mount feather boards or a stop block and goes on and off in a few seconds.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/2010/02/02/fence-transforms-tablesaw-into-a-real-router-table

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d38

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#6 posted 03-25-2018 04:55 PM

Should work fine using both sides of fence.
Like said above, make a router fence w/ dust collection to clamp to the VCS, and you should be set.

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msinc

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#7 posted 03-26-2018 02:44 AM



So…let’s say a guy was thinking about getting a PM2000 with the wide right side extension table . Said guy would like to put a router lift (Jess-Em or otherwise) in that right side table.

Then I would buy the PM2000 that has the router table already on it. I just got a PM2000 with the 50” extension table. The actual table itself is just plywood with plywood “stiffeners” under it. Either you would have to replace the extension table or cut away much of the stiffeners and then it really doesn’t seem like to me it would be left stiff or rigid enough to serve as a router table. For the cost of doing all this why not just buy the Bosch router table? I have one of those too and it works fantastic, has a nice enough fence and also has a dust collection port attachment. Bosch makes two, I got the better one{RA1181}. I think it was like $190.00. It is the “bench top” type, but it was easy enough to make a little stand for it. I think the router table option from PM is quite a bit more.

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#8 posted 03-27-2018 01:54 AM

I would add another fence to the existing fence, allowing for a gap for router bits, so as not to cut into the aluminum fence.

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