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Forum topic by JoeyG posted 01-27-2012 04:16 PM 1882 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2012 04:16 PM

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I have been using the router table extension on my craftsman table saw. It worked great with the craftsman router until I just replaced it with a dewalt. I cannot make up my mind weather to try and drill new holes through the cast iron, buy a router table, or build one. I will be needing it soon and just cannot make up my mind what to do. The cheapest way would be to re-drill the extension. Unless of coarse I somehow manage to break or other wise screw up the cast iron.

I have looked at both building one and buying one and it seems that the cost would be close to the same. I only began research last night when I realized I had a problem. So far I really like the Kreg models.

Anyone have any solutions or other brands that are good quality at a decent price? I would like to stick between $200-$300 if possible, but am willing to go higher if I find something worth the extra cost.

Thanks for taking the time to consider my dilemma.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 04:21 PM

take the base plate off the new router
and lay it up on top
and mark where the screw holes are
drill down thru top
(keep in mind the stabilizing fins
if the top has them)
countersink the holes on top
screw the router on
(might need longer machine screws)

voila !

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 04:27 PM

It does have the fins and I will most likely go with this method. I am sure a couple of drill bits and a little oil will be a lot cheaper than buying a table.

I like to look at all my options. And I will probably be buying a router table sometime in the future so it won’t hurt to start researching now.

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 05:10 PM

Something to think about – -

I’m sure you do not have a router lift now and maybe you will never have one, but that option would be available to you now or later if you build or buy a new router table. That option is not available if you leave your router in the table saw extension.

A router lift is something I never thought I would need – until I bought one. Now I would not be without it.

Regarding buy versus build on the router table – for me the question was resolved based on how much extra time I had on my hands – - virtually none. Hence, I bought a woodpecker router table and I built a dust bucket into it myself. It is working out great.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 05:27 PM

Thank Rich, I just spent the last hour drooling over the incra’s. A bit out of my price range, but they sure are pretty. I have looked at the lift kits and that will have to come after the table. I want to get away from the extension, I have never felt truly safe using those things, and move onto a dedicated router table. I think I will have to go with the quick fix on the extension for now and save my pennies for something I will not regret buying. Like you I have very little time for a extra build right now. I will have to take a closer look at the woodpecker tables. I hear they have good products. I get the emails, but haven’t bought any of their tools yet. LOL


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#5 posted 01-27-2012 10:06 PM


The only tool I have in my shop with “buyers remorse” is the Kreg Precision router table. I did not get the lift, only the top stand and fence with free switch and feather boards. Used birch plywood to box in the stand for storage and trimed it out.

The table is fantastic no doubt and a joy to use, but in the three years I have had it I would guess it has been used maybe three times. At that time I was “tool collecting” and not really buying what I needed at the time. I still have an old craftsman router attached to my table saw, but mostly just grab a router off the shelf and do what I need. I hope on day to put the table to good use, but for now a shop built stand or the one in the table saw would have done me just fine.


-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 01:49 PM

joey look at my last build that may fit the bill

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 08:04 PM

Check out Bench Dog. I think they have a cast iron extention with a router plate insert that will fit the Craftsman.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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