LJs – Looking for some advice on building a router table into my table saw extension. There are so many posts on this sort of thing, that its difficult to get the info I really need.
Looking for any insight, but the questions at the end of this post are critical to the design of my system
What I’m working with-
• Shop is tiny – combining footprint of router table and saw is appealing
• Craftsman 22116, hybrid (cabinet) saw
• Bosch 1617 router
• I’m a beginning woodworker. Just a hobby, not a means of support
• $$ – I can really spend whatever I want, but my wife says I’m “thrifty”
My general plan-
• Use a melamine(?) sheet (slick surface like a dry erase board), attached to ¾” plywood below for support – as an extension wing on the saw.
• Cut all the way through the melamine sheet and support the router plate by cutting out a slightly smaller hole on the ¾” plywood below it.
*My questions for LJs-*
• Is a router lift worth the $? The Bosch has a height adjustment that’s supposed to work through the table – I don’t understand what a lift would do for me here.
• Any recommendations on router lifts or plates?
o Do plates come with lifts? Hard to tell exactly what I’m actually buying.
• Any insight on where to locate the router in the extenstion wing? Dead center? Any advantages in offsetting it right, left, fore, aft?
• Can I just use my table saw fence as the router fence if I build an auxiliary fence around / on top of it?
• Any insight about dust collection. I really don’t care if I have to sweep up chips, but I want to get a handle on the fine dust (the chips wont sensitize me, but the dust will). Unfortunately, all I’m using now is a shop vac and a dust deputy.
Suggestions /opinions etc are greatly appreciated. Would especially like to hear if you tried something similar and what you’d do differently if you did it again.