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Forum topic by rantingrich posted 12-11-2014 03:23 PM 2015 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2014 03:23 PM

After much thought about making a router table using my new DeWalt router, I have decided to set it on the right outside extension of my Ridgid R4512 table saw….

Major reason why?
1) Save Space. VERY important. Don’t have room for a full fledged router table

Some special considerations..
1) Must be as light as possible. The R4512 mobile base which I love, is taxed at its max for the weight of the saw. “What would be the best material to use” I an not fond of MDF

2) Would like an outboard switch to turn it on.

3) Do I need a mounting plate? Would I need one specifically for the DeWalt 618 Router

-- Rich

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 03:40 PM

I built one for the right side of my Grizzly table saw. I made a frame of 2×4’s, then used MDF with hard board on top for the top. I used an insert plate, aluminum, from Rockler. It works quite well. It doubles as general work area, thus the hardboard, so that I could replace it after it got too messed up. Others are very fond of torsion boxes or what have you. Mine took me all of an hour or two to build and has been going strong for close to 5 years.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 04:25 PM

I made one for mine… It is MDF, with a Hardboard Top, and a Rockler router plate. With the Weight of my Dewalt 625 router and the new MDF, I have noticed a sag in the aluminum fence rails. I was prepared for the sag in the table itself over time, but not for a sag in the actual table rails… If hasn’t created a problem yet, my 4512 fence still slides across, and will lock down at full width, but it is alarming…

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 05:31 PM

For light and sturdy, you could also repurpose the tabletop from the Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table. It’s got an aluminum tabletop sized to fit in a table saw wing, and since you only need the top you may be able to find a good deal on a used model (especially if it’s discounted due to damage to the base/switch assembly). I was going to mount it in my R4512, but then I got a new saw and now it’s mounted in my G1023.

And if your DeWalt isn’t covered by the mounting place, it’s really easy to drill out new holes – I did that last night to mount a Triton TRA001 and provide access for above-table depth adjustment.

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

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#4 posted 12-11-2014 07:45 PM

Tool Box Buzz posted an article about adding a router wing to their R4512

-- paxorion

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