Table saw/router workstation

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Blog entry by mtnbikr933 posted 08-13-2015 01:20 PM 3000 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After renovating our kitchen, basement and outdoor play area/pool I’m close to finishing my first woodworking project for my basement workshop. It’s a table saw/router workstation made using a Craftsman portable table saw (I know…not the best however it works for my needs right now) and a Craftsman router. I made it mobile with an adjustable universal mobile base that I can lift the front feet off the floor with a lever and lower back down to lock it securely to the floor. The workstation surface is about 73” by 29”, and made using a ton of pocket joints/screws and the exterior is skinned with 1/4 plywood. I like the portability of the table saw to bring to friend’s houses or different sites so I decided to make the table saw be able to lift off the base. I’m currently researching the best fence and rail system to use as the old one is no longer able to be used inside the top surface frame work…and is really only adequate when moved to jobsites. I would also like the new fence system to be able to utilize the full work top. I have found 2 of the aluminum extrusion fences I like but didn’t know if anyone had any experience with them or if they would even work with this application. One of them is made from aluminum extrusion for other things that I’ve seen adapted for this use and the other is from Mule Cabinetmaker ( Any advise would be much appreciated. I have seen the one from Very Super Cool Tools, but it’s a little out of my price range and I think the others would suite my needs fine. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-13-2015 03:26 PM

Looks like a super multi-use set up ,nice job.


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#2 posted 08-13-2015 05:22 PM

I’m a few steps behind you on a similar build. My research has lead me to (with accompanying hardware)

The upshot of going with CNC hardware, I figure, is it is easy to order some extra hardware to make various jigs as needed.

Also, how do you lock your bench in place?
I’m still not sure I’ve found the best way to do that.

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#3 posted 08-18-2015 03:13 PM

Woodworkerguyca, I used an HTC2000 adjustable tool base I bought from Amazon. It has a steel gusset built in to each corner that the workstation rests on and then I just screwed the base to the workstation through the adjustment holes. It’s really solid and easy to move. I did need to get the extra steel pieces for the HTC2000 base to make it be able to adjust to the larger size of the workstation.

Thanks for the info for the rail system. It seams like it would be really solid with the 4 wheels on the front rail side and you might not need the rear rail. Have you contacted the company to see if they had any ideas on a fence system already. I first saw the aluminum extrusion style on this blog ( and thought it would be nice but not sure I like having to have the rear rail to keep it square. How would you attach the style you found to the workstation? Do they have some kind of locking device compatible? How would you attach the fence to the rail with the wheels being on the sides of the rail?

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 04:38 PM

I’ve got my work bench to the point of needing the fence and I’m about to put in an order. (see

I’m planning on getting a number of extrusions to play with soon. I figure I’ll use them somewhere in any case.
I’ll attach a smaller extrusion to the front of the bench, probably just drilling a hole through, or sliding t-slot bolts through the extrusion and mounting to the side of the table. I’m thinking a 4×1 wide extrusion to attach the end of the fence to the rollers.

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