Dave's Workshop #9: My Multipurpose Router Station

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 01-21-2015 05:57 PM 3364 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I built the router table as an extension of my table saw I had in mind using it as more than a router station. For starters it allows me to make wider rips on my table saw, but it does a few more things and I’m not done yet.

[Above and below] Like others of its brethren, my router station can be used with or without the fence. I have a vacuum port set in the fence as well as one for the cabinet depending on which one I think will work best.

[Below] The router is mounted to a wooden base plate that sits in a rectangular hole in the table. I can also take it out for changing bits or to remove it completely.

[Above and Below] Before building this base, I simply clamped my belt sander to the bench to do sanding on smaller work. This base adds an advantage aside from the work surface. In the edge sanding position the vacuum from the router station takes away most of the resulting dust. When used in the flat on its back position, the dust extraction doesn’t work very well.

[Below] I also made a small disk sander from a spare drill. This one also benefits from the vacuum in the router station. Both of these sanders can be used just clamped to a work bench if I don’t want to remove the sander.

I have one more thing I want to build for this station. I plan on building a scroll saw from a spare jig saw I’ve got laying around. I’ll get to it eventually.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 01-21-2015 06:50 PM

Looks like you are pretty self contained there about your TS. You are giving me pause to rethink my router table configurement.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 07:04 PM

Nice setup, and your thinking ahead has made it all the more productive. Enjoy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 01-21-2015 11:01 PM

HI Dave,

I have my router table situated along side my table saw similar to the way yours is. Except my router table is not really integrated with the table saw like yours is. Mine is on wheels and just happens to fit between the rails and be at the same height as the table saw. The sanding “attachments” are pretty clever. I especially like the dual purpose of the dust collection.

Really I bought a used homemade router table and just placed it by the saw. With my set up I have a separate fence for the router. The fence on my ts is much better than the one on the router. Your set up makes me think it really is about time for me to integrate my router table with the ts. I will do it right after I finish all the other projects I am working on!


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