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Project by SplashMaster posted 07-07-2019 12:38 PM 2354 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After obtaining an old Craftsman Table Saw (113.298750) and wrestling the 200 lb beast just inside the shop door I made it a priority to build a mobile base to set it on. Also, I had been wanting to build a router table for a few years now for my Craftsman 2.5 hp Router with a ½” collet so I decide to combing the two project together.

The cart is just a plywood box on 5” swivel caster wheels that made the saws height the same as it was when it was no the metal stand. Directly under the saw is an open box to allow saw dust to collect in. The front door can be removed completely as it is only held in place with wooden clips to allow the saw dust to be cleaned out. The router table top is made from a few pieces of an old work bench I removed from the shop that already had the countertop laminate on it and the insert plate is the Rousseau 3509 9-Inch x 12-Inch.

The Smaller opening router table fence is held in place on the right by a single pivot bolt and clamped on the left with an F style clamp. I also made a fence with a larger opening that can be clamped to the table saw fence or to the router table with clamps. I didn’t really want the main fence attached to the table saw so I could maintain each tools independence of one another.

The router is variable speed and it is easy to lift the router and insert plate out to change the speed, but slightly difficult to change speeds with everything set up in the table. Soon, I plane to add a paddle on-off switch to the outside of the router table, as cutting the router on and off is somewhat challenging at times.

Lastly, I added the drawers into the cabinet opening. The drawer fronts were more of the old work bench I removed form the shop. This was a fun build as it was made entirely from scraps of other project. I even got the drawer slides from an old desk that was being thrown away. The only parts I had to buy were the wheels and the router insert plate.

Overall, I have been pleased with this combination build. In the future if the table saw get upgraded I would like to have a dedicated router table though…

Thanks for stopping by,

Matthew Stillwell





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Ivan

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#1 posted 07-08-2019 09:05 AM

Very well made. It’s always good to have it mobile.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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granite

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#2 posted 07-09-2019 03:35 PM

Great Job!
I really like the router table addition.
I’ll have to figure out how to add it on to my mobile table.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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rbrjr1

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#3 posted 07-10-2019 05:43 PM

looks great.
I like the simple chip collector under the table saw. I don’t think it would be complicated at all if you ever wanted to enclose the motor and add dust collection to the table saw.

good job.

-- only an idiot dismisses an intelligent statement because they dont know anything about the person delivering it.

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SplashMaster

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#4 posted 07-10-2019 07:14 PM

Thank you, I have actually been thinking about getting some 8 X 11 magnet sheets to cover the openings. I have also seen people make wooden covers plates as well.


looks great.
I like the simple chip collector under the table saw. I don t think it would be complicated at all if you ever wanted to enclose the motor and add dust collection to the table saw.

good job.

- rbrjr1


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rbrjr1

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#5 posted 07-12-2019 12:58 PM

if you build a shroud, epoxy in some rare earth magnets every couple inches, they’ll probably just fasten to the back of your saw cabinet..

most of those “brown magnets” (sheet or otherwise) you can find at an office supply place aren’t very strong..

-- only an idiot dismisses an intelligent statement because they dont know anything about the person delivering it.

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DiverJon

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#6 posted 04-10-2021 12:36 PM

Just wondering how the mobile base has stood up and if you would do anything different or what if any updates you would do to it? I ask as I am about to build one for my contractor saw. I am thinking of placing the router on the left wing rather then right side. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Jon

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SplashMaster

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#7 posted 04-10-2021 03:59 PM

Hey Jon,
I’m glad you asked. I have actually updated it quite a bit over the last year. So I just posted an in-depth up date in my projects for you to check it all out. in short the base has held up great (no sagging or anything strange). As for left or right on the router table, it mostly comes down to personal preferences as it will been in the way at some point no mater what, but having it on the right side doses increase the chances of being able to use the table saw fence for routing operations. But check out that in-depth post and let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing what you build!


Just wondering how the mobile base has stood up and if you would do anything different or what if any updates you would do to it? I ask as I am about to build one for my contractor saw. I am thinking of placing the router on the left wing rather then right side. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Jon

- DiverJon


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