New router bench

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 10-09-2017 01:34 PM 835 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was working this weekend, I decided I needed to finally do something about my router bench.

It has been siting on the floor for some time unused, but, not any more. I toyed with a few ideas. I have a SKIL router bench that I purchased to make some L trims for a cabinet I was building for my kids bathroom after the flood. I had an old Ryobi router bench that I used a lot. My shop is pretty small and big table top tool can take up a lot of space. I am looking around wondering what I could do when I looked at my new table saw. It has a support space and it is just dead space for the rails.

I kept coming back to that space and wondering if would make a good router bench substitute. All that metal there is heavy and sturdy and I figured lets give it a try. So, I disassembled the router bench and removed the top. I placed it on the table saw and it was a perfect, I mean perfect fit.

The table top is at the exact height it needs to be. The sheet metal wing has some holes already cut in it, so I scavenged some nuts from the old bench table assembly to hold it.

I had to remove the handles from my router to make it fit under the saws. I took the power switch and mounted it on the grey bar and plugged it all up. Everything worked like a champ.

The rip fence on my saw is perfect, it slides right over that piece as if it is not even there. I tried to use that rip fence for the router, but decided it was to dangerous. So I mounted everything back on the table top and now I have a table saw, router table combo that takes up the same footprint in my shop.

I have finally pulled all tools into my shop over the past week. I will probably spend this week cleaning and rearranging the shop. I have been thinking about removing the setup I have on the long wall and redoing the entire miter station to be more efficient.

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