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Medickep

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11-12-2013 08:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table router ts extension resource

I’m sure this topic exists, but I was unable to find it anywhere. I was wanting to build or buy an extension for my router to place in in the extra area between the fences on my Rigid TS3650. I’ve heard this is easy to do so I was wondering if anyone had some good plans for it or tips on attaching it.

Thanks in advance!

-- Keith


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#1 posted 11-12-2013 10:07 PM

I did this on my previous table saw. I loved having this in place, particularly in a smaller shop where I would not have had room for a dedicated router table. It’s quite easy. I don’t have a plan for you but I’m sure there are a few available on line.

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 10:26 PM

Any pictures? or suggestions on how to mount it to the cast iron wing? I was planning on leaving both wings on!

-- Keith

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 10:38 PM

I bolted mine to the existing tapped holes in the table, and then also to the rails. this setup works great for me, as I am limited in shop space. i suppose you could drill/tap your wing if there is adequate material there.

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Tom

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 10:53 PM

Looks like Tom has a beautiful set up.
Here’s some info on how to do it.

http://www.shopnotes.com/files/issues/100/6-step-router-plate-installation.pdf

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#5 posted 11-12-2013 10:57 PM

Thanks guys! Any reason you can’t leave both wings of the cast iron top on? would that be enough room for the router??

-- Keith

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#6 posted 11-13-2013 12:45 AM

No reason you can’t leave both wings on. I’ve done it with my last 3 saws.



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#7 posted 11-13-2013 04:41 AM

O’ya, pretty badass setups! I was thinking some L bar would attach the router table to cast iron wing, but how does the router table attach to the other side? Just using the bar that slides in the fence to support it???

-- Keith

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 05:42 AM

do you use the same fence or do you have to have arouter fence

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 03:57 AM

I have the same saw and I used the bar that is in between the fence rails on one side and u clamps to bolt the top around the bar then on the other side I sued the bar from and F stlye clamp that was broke and cut it to slide in between the fence rails like the bar and bolted clamps to the top. It works well and is easly removable if need be.

-- Sparks

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 02:17 PM

I have this same saw (3650) and installed a router where you suggested. I used MDF reinforced with 1” square metal tubing and with an aluminum router plate, inset into the MDF. I attached the MDF to the saw rails by screwing wooden cleats to the underside trapping the saw rails.

-- In God We Trust

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 04:42 PM

Jim-

Is there any reason you can’t leave both cast iron wings in place? Any photos on the install?

Thanks!

-- Keith

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#12 posted 11-14-2013 11:29 PM

I have no photos but I removed nothing from the saw to install this. I never removed either of the wings.

-- In God We Trust

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#13 posted 11-14-2013 11:55 PM

Well, that gives me hope that it’s possible to attach the router table to the saw the way I want to do it. Since I’ve never done this before, what’s the best way to install the table while keeping the table flush with the cast iron table top.

I’m assuming I’ll have to drill into the cast iron to attach one side, not sure about the other side. Also, for the front and the back, do you merely used screws that slide into the fence slots?

-- Keith

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 09:28 PM

What I did was to attach two 1/4”x 2” x 12” pieces of wood the the underside of my MDF that stick out past the MDF on the front and back. These (approx) 1/4” slats fit into the slots that are on the inside of the fence rails. I screw these approx 1/4” x 2” boards to the underside in such a way that as they snug up the MDF is secured in place. If I took all this off there would be no way to tell it was ever there. I did not drill into the saw leaf or fence rails in any way. To stiffen the MDF where it meets the cast iron wing I screwed in place a 3/4” square tubing to the underside of the MDF from the top with counter sunk screws.

-- In God We Trust

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#15 posted 11-15-2013 09:55 PM

Jim-

I think I’m following you. The approx. 1/4” part slides into the slat opening of the fence at the front and the back. Then they are 2” high to make them flush with the cast iron wing. Than the whole table is about 12” in wide away from the saw blade??

Sound correct?

Thanks a bunch!

-- Keith

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