Mounting router to tablesaw

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Forum topic by DC3_Rudy posted 03-14-2014 12:29 AM 911 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2014 12:29 AM

Hello all!
I’m posting some pictures. I have a old black n decker table saw, not fancy, but it dos the trick. On the side is a place to mount a router. I have a old sears craftsman router. Just not sure how to mount this. The holes don’t match at all. I thought about getting a router table, but I have a small shop, last thing I need is another power tool right now. Any thoughts? Thanks!!!

-- Jim

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 12:43 AM

You will most likely need to drill (and countersink) some holes. I have one of those old Craftsman routers, and they use three bolts in a diamond pattern to mount the base plate.. just use the base plate to locate where to drill, possibly matching one hole to an existing one so you only need to drill two more. As an alternative, you might figure out a way to use the existing holes to mount some clamps that would hold the router in place. Get creative :)


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#2 posted 03-14-2014 02:17 AM

+1 on what Brad said. Craftsman routers use a unique hole pattern that prevents you from using them with most anything but Craftsman router tables, unless you drill out new holes.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 01:39 PM

I had the same issue – old Craftsman router and, ironically a Craftsman table saw. Still didn’t match up. But like your pic on the side table, plenty of random holes. I used a 1/4” piece of Lexan from “my helpfull hardware store”. I had to replace the 3 screws in the router base for some slightly longer ones to compensate for the addition of the Lexan. The Lexan was oversized and could be matched up to the holes in the saw extension table. Then mounted it under the table. Worked for many years. Sorry no pic – just sold that saw.

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 01:43 PM

Thanks guys for the help. I like the the Lexan idea. I do have a nice Dewalt router, but I would like to keep that for hand routing , instead of un-mounting it all the time. And the old craftsman router works, I just never really use it for anything. Great suggestions, thanks for the help!


-- Jim

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