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Forum topic by jtritz posted 133 days ago 557 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtritz

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133 days ago

A lot of you have been following my Powermatic Refurbish project and although this is part of that saw refurbish, I really thought it needs to be a different thread as it pertains to what is the best plan for a router table on the extension of this saw.

Basically, I have a 28×36 space to work with to have it fit between the extension rails of the saw. I am not as concerned about the length as I can retrofit with a number of options. I have looked at cast iron extensions and many other tables offered by Rockler, woodcraft etc. Nobody really makes one 28” wide to fit my rails (I have found some 27” wides that will work). I am not opposed to making one. I am considering spending my money on a good lift kit and building the table to fit my saw. The other part of this equation is I need a new Router. I have an old 1.25 HP craftsman.

Here is where I want help:
1.) Buy a ready to go table and router that I can make work with my 28” between rails set up
2.) Buy a lift kit, custom build the table to fit the lift kit, and my saw and buy the appropriate router.
3.) Buy a router that doesn’t need a lift kit (Triton maybe? any other suggestions?) and build a table to fit the router and my saw.

I know I am all over the map on this. I have spent a ton of time refurbishing this table saw which is turning out beyond my best expectations. I have to rebuild the extension on this saw to complete the refurbish and make it look as nice as the rest of the saw (we are a particular and picky breed Yes?) So to me, getting the extension end of the saw right is as important as the rest of the refurbish. I want a first class functional router table on the end of a really cool old table saw to bring this thing full circle.( For those of you following the table saw refurbish, I got the motor remounted, the top will attached tomorrow as will the rails and it will be ready to go as soon as I receive my splitter I ordered. So stay tuned on the other thread for the final pictures and a test run video!)

Help me with this guys. I am really torn as to which way to go and what is the best option for the router table and the router itself. Just for guidelines, my budget for this portion of the saw is about $500-$600 for the router table top and Router.

Thanks


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Paul

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#1 posted 133 days ago

With the attention to detail that you have put forth to your saw refurb I see no reason that you shouldn’t design and built the router table that you really want yourself.

Any of the highly touted 3hp+ routers are work horses and will work.

The real cost your looking at is a router lift kit if you choose to buy one. I personally don’t mind a static fit router in a table.

To me this saw seems like it’s a lifer to you. If you have a dedicated spot for it build a router station with storage that will butt up against the saw with some self leveling legs and have the best of both worlds.

Look forward to seeing what you do with it again.

Paul

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Shawn Masterson

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#2 posted 133 days ago

I am always a fan of the stand alone router table. I am also biased towards the old porter cable 7518. they are time tested and proven worthy in an industrial setting. If a lift is an absolute must have then I would really investigate the triton. for me I just can’t justify the cost of a lift, so I use the standard base and spin the router up.

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Adcolor

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#3 posted 132 days ago

Not sure what your needs/wants/wishes are, but I have had a router table as part fo my table saw for the last 3 years.
I am selling that set up (minus the router) for two reasons—one, unrelated to this post is that I wanted a more powerful saw. The second reason, I was always fighting over the fence for the router or the table saw. Reminded me a bit of my early days owning a Shopsmith. I also had infeed/out feed table issues as I was making a lot of trim/moulding.

I would look at the long table that Bosch makes as inspiration, and make the table the same height as the table saw table. You could make it break down too, just to save space. I have been satisfied with the Bosch 1617xxx router (2 1/4 hp, fixed and plunge base). I had to buy a modest part kit to adjust it above the table top (you rough adjust it at the time you change the blade, then use the fine tune from the top).

Look at the accessories and the pricing before you jump—sounds to me like this might do double duty out of the table too. You could also buy a 2nd machine of the same type down the road and already have the accessories that way (and have a back up in the event of a failure). The Dewalt routers formerly made by Elu are considered very nice for router tables, and I think the Milwaukee is another one that can be easily adjusted without extra parts.

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