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My Incra (woodpeckers) router table top kept sagging over time because of the weight of my router and lift (PRL) Its an awesome table, but this sagging has been bugging me for some time, I want it to remain truly flat, so I have come up with a solution… use a torsion box and a router cabinet for added support. Here is my design so far.

The tablesaw in the sketchup is an inch taller than mine in real life, so the table looks short because it is. Also I'm going to be putting adjustable feet on it, so it will be a bit shorter than my table saw so I have some room for adjustment.


Without the drawer fronts and the door you can see the construction… I plan to use 3/4 ply for the majority of the project. The two right side top drawers are not structural, they slide in and out using a 1/4 inch dado. They will hold bits (though I can't see me ever having enough bits to fill them both)


The top will remain flat because I will use 3/4 MDF to build a torsion box type support structure under the table. All the cross members will use half lap joints where they cross.


I've seen some cabinets with holes in the door to allow air to flow across the bottom removing sawdust. I'm only using a 4 inch duct, so I am not sure that the three half inch holes on the front of the door will hinder dust control or not. I'll have to plug them if they don't work.

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Very Nice. Looks like it would work well.
 

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Nice table. I'm waffling on building something similar to utilize the space to the right of my saw as well. I like the torsion box top idea. Isn't SU just great for planning these things out?
 

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Looks good. Let us know how it works
 

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Great design….Cool Sketchup work.
 

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Good for you. Nice modeling too. I hope you blog about this with your progress. That is a good use of space, using the router table as a table saw wing. Are you going to be able to share the saw fence with the router?

The torsion box is the way to go. Remember to glue both the top and the bottom completely on all the ribs. That is where they get their strength. Going to skin it with laminate?

About the size of the air inlet holes, good question. I can't wrap my head around whether they should be bigger or smaller. It will be interesting to find out how it works out in real life.

Steve
 

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A torsion box might be a good idea. Let us know how it turns out.
 

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Bullet Proof…
 
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