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Forum topic by thebicyclecafe posted 07-18-2012 09:10 AM 1444 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thebicyclecafe

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07-18-2012 09:10 AM

Fellow LJs, I did some searching on this idea and didn’t come up with anything, so thought I might ask. I have one of those Incra 28×21 table saw extension type router table tops, and my latest idea is to modify my outfeed table to become a larger size, offset style router table and mount a removable Incra LS17 fence system.
Anyhow , to maximize my resources I was thinking of building a top around the existing TS extension top I have.
My plan is to get a sheet of premium grade MDF, cut to size, double it up in thickness to get roughly 1.5”. Then, make a template for the extension top, and rough out a hole with template guided router for the extension top, leaving a 3/8” offset. Then, rabbet out the 3/8” offset for the depth of the extension table, and then laminate the MDF with formica (maybe even the micro dot, if I can find it). Finally, flush trim the laminate around the recess.

Couple Q’s…
1) Anyone do this before? Tips, advice welcome.

2) Is this a silly/pointless idea? If I am doing that much work, should I just go ahead and rout a hole for the router plate instead, rather than using the existing extension? I am assuming that perhaps the extension top I have will be flatter for better accuracy immediately surrounding the router bit, and that the size of the router plate hole will be more exact (plus it has built in leveling screws already). Maybe I am underestimating the degree of flatness to which I can make a full router table top.

Thanks all!


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Denvy

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 12:05 PM

Whoah dude!!! Sounds like what I did …. almost …. I am not so concerned with the details of fine craftsmanship for the router table insert for my table saw. I have a Ryobi, the right side of the table slides out and I made an insert with the router attached and can be removed. I just extend the table, drop in the insert and slide the end of the table back to router “box” and lock it in. Since my shop is so small, 8×12, space is of
great concern and is utilized in some areas to it’s maximum potential. You are aiming at a worthy project and
will turn out to serve you well when you get it the way you want it.

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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Don Butler

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 12:52 PM

This is the top I bought. It is built into the right wing extension of my tablesaw.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=41793&cat=1,43053,43885
I use Magswitch accessories with it.
http://www.magswitch.com.au/workholdingsystem Best regards,
Don

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Denvy

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 01:10 PM

Router Insert. Not sure how to insert more than one picture at this time; more available but… there is a strip of wood on the front edge that doubles as a “sanding table” when not routing. I use the belt sander and the strip of wood keeps the work from scooting off the table.

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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Denvy

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 01:14 PM

—I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
Somehow the pic did not follow the comment…

-- Denvy, Tualatin, Oregon USA

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thebicyclecafe

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 06:18 PM

Denver, thanks for the pictures. That gives me a good idea on where this is going.

Basically I woud just be extending the working surface of my Incra table, and the combo of the two would replace my current TS outfeed. There’s no reason for me to get all fancy by making a cutout, Since it’s 28×21, I’ve modified my idea to be a bit simpler…
1) Cut two 28×21 pieces of MDF, or maybe even just use the BB ply I have on hand, glue the two up to be 1-3/8” thick
2) mount the new piece, and the existing Incra table on a router table/outfeed table cabinet. Level them to each other, shim where necessary, etc. Since the main contact surface will still be the Incra table, I don’t anticipate the levelness between the two parts to be absolutely crucial. I just want the fence system to work properly.
3) Drill two 5/16” holes on the new piece, attach the LS positioner to a piece of ply, attach ply to router table using 5/16” t-bolts and knobs, remove when using table as outfeed table.

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