|Forum topic by hairy||posted 906 days ago||2252 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
906 days ago
I have a cast iron router table top that serves as a wing on my tablesaw.
I got it from craigslist. The owner was a machinist working in a well equipped shop. He made the plate that the router attaches to, and did a very good job of it. It is a good fit, leveling screws are part of the table and not the top. The plate is not attached to the table with screws, but is heavy enough to remain stable in use. I have mainly used this to edge profile boards, and it does that very well.
I am using a Porter cable 890 fixed base router. It bolted directly to the plate. Bit changes are not difficult, and height adjustment can be made from above. This system has served me well for what little I have done with it.
I am wanting to do some things that are best done on a router table. The problems I have with this is : 1. It’s in the garage and most of what I do is done in the basement. This means moving 2 vehicles when I want to use the router table. And 2, I have to use the tablesaw fence. This is the biggest problem. I have made an auxiliary fence that attaches to the Biesemeyer, but the whole setup is not to my liking.
I could build a base to hold the top, but my biggest concern is a fence. The table is not slotted, but maybe it could be done, I don’t know. It has a miter gauge slot and that notch, the remainder is just flat cast iron.
The opening looked to me like it’s 9 ” x 11” as measured with a folding ruler. The top is a Nucraft Tools Model 100. I googled it and found this topic here at LJ’s. I saw on another forum someone called it an oddball size insert and said it was 8 and 15/16” x 11 and 15/16”.
The way I see it my options are build a base and incorporate a fence of some sort, or sell this and buy a real router table.
What would you do? Thanks!!!!!
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