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ADHDan

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360 days ago

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Has anyone out there mounted the Bosch RA1181 router table top as an extension in the R4512 table saw? If so, I’d love to get any info, tips, pictures, etc. on the mounting logistics as well as what you did for fence and dust collection.

I really like all of the adjustable features on the Bosch table fence, so I’m hoping that there’s some way of combining the features or having the Bosch fence cohabitate with the R4512 fence. But as a starting point, I’m just looking for the best way to mount the router tabletop itself. Any chance I can piggyback off someone else’s ingenuity rather than reinvent the wheel :-)?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 360 days ago

I mounted a shop made router table to my r4510 if that helps you any?

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#2 posted 360 days ago

I made a fence that attaches to the TS fence with T bolts.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#3 posted 360 days ago

I bought a Bosch RA1181 router table with the intention of mounting the top on the left side of my Rockwell Model 10 table saw, but I haven’t done it yet. My plan is to use a 1/4” thick aluminum transition piece equal in height and length to the table saw top. Flat head bolts would be placed to provide studs in each direction, matching the locations of the existing holes in the table saw top and the existing (or new) notches along the back side of the router table top. The sides of the router table top would be attached to the front and back fence rails and additional support along the sides of the top and across the bottom would be provided if necessary. I’d try to use the router table front plate and switch somehow. If I decide to attach the router table fence to my table saw fence, I would figure out a way to attach wooden blocks to the router table fence so that I could use Rockler or similar fence clamps. For dust collection I would use the port on the back of the fence and an under-table port, after-market or DIY (see second link below). Here is a related link which may or may not be of some help.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/19316

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?65058-Different-Dust-Collection-for-router-cabinet&p=655498

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#4 posted 360 days ago

The asinine method of mounting the featherboards on the RA1181 would be enough to dissuade me from this. The carriage bolts have to pass through these thick plastic washers, and I always had a habit of dropping them. Really an unnecessarily cumbersome solution since there are other fences that are equally adjustable yet accept standard featherboards/accessories.

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ADHDan

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#5 posted 359 days ago

Lynden, that first link looks like it might be really useful. I’d like to mount the entire table in my right side extension, just like in that picture. I’m wondering, logistically, what the best way is to secure the table in the TS bay, make sure it’s level with the TS tabletop, and what the actual steps involved are. Any tips are appreciated, otherwise I’ll look around generally at how people have mounted router tables to the R4512.

I assume I’ll need to drill through the cast iron TS tabletop and bolt the router table to it as primary support, and run bolts from the fence rails into the sides of the router table for side support. Maybe some sort of legs might be useful to prevent deflection, or is that overkill? I move the saw around a bit, so maybe there’s a way to use a diagonal bracket instead of legs, run as a hypoteneuse from the outer edge of the router table to the base of the table saw?

Thanks again!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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