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Forum topic by hunth2ofowl posted 02-01-2019 04:16 AM 594 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hunth2ofowl

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02-01-2019 04:16 AM

I am in the process of designing a woodworking table. I have limited space and would like to incorporate a router table into the workbench. I know that Kreg makes an insert for $50-60. I can get a craftsman table (no router) that has a miter slot, fence, power switch, featherboards and miter gauge for about $75.

I am wondering if anyone has inset a whole router table top into your workbench.

For those with far more experience than myself, what advantages and disadvantages do you see of each?


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#1 posted 02-02-2019 08:54 AM

“I am wondering if anyone has inset a whole router table top into your workbench.”

Going this route, you only need to place the router plate in the bench, as the bench itself would become the “table”

You need to allow for room underneath so you can make adjustments to the router, even some of the lifts require you to do something with the router itself, especially the routers that contain through the table height adjustment.

You can make a fence, and can do it as wide as you want. BUT most people seem to get the itch for a fence they buy, and with most of them you would need a certain width of bench to fit the width the fence needs, or redo the fence. The easiest way to make a bench with pre-made parts is to have the parts prior to building the bench, or VERY studiously study all the technical aspects of the parts you think you want to buy

I’d Google for images. There are plenty of router tables both in benches, and the right side of table saws. Folks with small shops do this all the time.

Routers in worktables. A lot of them have a TS as well.

The important thing to factor in is where is it on the bench, in relationship to the rest of the shop, and/or, is it on wheels where that doesn’t matter so much. If you put it on the end of a narrow bench, and find you need to route something 6’ long, you may have trouble with a wall limiting the size you can route.

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WoodenDreams

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#2 posted 02-03-2019 07:03 AM

Sounds like this in a way, or could be made with aluminum or plexiglass. For hieight adjustment, use screws in the corners to raise or lower the plate level if needed.

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#3 posted 02-03-2019 12:21 PM

I’m contemplating dropping one in my table saw extension. Given the price of the pieces and the work involved i’m contemplating buying a complete table top router table like the bosh RA1181 then scrapping the provided base and mounting it on my table saw extension.

It shocks me that no one sells a good reasonably priced solution.

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#4 posted 02-03-2019 09:35 PM



I’m contemplating dropping one in my table saw extension. Given the price of the pieces and the work involved i’m contemplating buying a complete table top router table like the bosh RA1181 then scrapping the provided base and mounting it on my table saw extension.

It shocks me that no one sells a good reasonably priced solution.

Rocker sells the bench dog router insert for table saws. I put one on the left side of my sawstop. I got it on sale for about $250 – $280 can’t remember exactly.

- Surfhunter22


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