Modify my Tablesaw Extension?

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03-09-2013 02:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router lift tablesaw extension tablesaw router

I need to make some room in my shop for another large tool. (It’s 26×24, shoulda built it 26×42)
I’ve got a Jet cabinet saw with the 5-6 foot extension on the right. (Melamine wrapped in iron?) It’s got a Jessem router lift in it. The only thing it’s missing is a slot for a miter gauge down near the router lift. It’s also a tad longer than I’ve ever needed – I could chop 18” off and be happy and have more room to maneuver.

I’ve also got a Bench Dog router table/cabinet taking up 2’x3’ of space in a corner. It doesn’t have a lift but it’s got a slot for a miter gauge and there have been a few times I neeeded a router table with a miter gauge and couldn’t think of another way to do the job. So I’ve kept it in the corner for emergencies and to pile all the router accessories on/under/behind.

So I’m thinking of maybe modifiying the extension part of the tablesaw and if anyone has done any of what I’m thinking of doing I’d love to hear the pros cons and how it turned out:

1. I want to add a slot and track for a miter gauge. It should be easy to route out but how far from the metal drop-in router lift do I have to go to maintain structural integrity, what kind of track do I drop in, do I need to add bracing underneath since I’ll be routing through half the top?

2. How hard is it to shorten? It looks like I need to remove that white top, rip off 18” or so, remove the metal rim that holds it up and shorten it, reweld, remount the rim, put the white top back in and then take the HTC mobile base off and shorten it 18” and reweld it. Or do they sell shorter extension tables – something in the 2-3’ long range that would hold the router lift? I know the normal direction is to go bigger, but if I make it shorter and decide to go longer, I’ll eventually make a big sliding sled for the opposite side for panels – it’s just that for now I don’t need it and it’s taking up space.

If I can trick out the tablesaw extension to make the ultimate router station then I can get rid of the bench dog router table and get the room I need to move another big tool (maybe the surface grinder) from the garage out into the workshop.
Thoughts? Ideas?

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