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Forum topic by christherookie posted 01-22-2020 06:47 PM 254 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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christherookie

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01-22-2020 06:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router space workshop

I’m in a shared space with my workshop…my wife’s car being the primary space hog. This means I have a small workbench and everything else is on a mobile cart (including portable table saw) or flip-cart so when I want to work, I pull her car out and roll out all my carts. So far, so good. The only thing I don’t have on a cart is my router table. It’s stored underneath my workbench and I pull it out when I need it. Well, after pulling a muscle taking the router table out recently, it got me to thinking there needs to be a better way to store it.

Based on my current space, my options are to build a very skinny cart with folding sides for the router table top, or do something else I haven’t considered.

For those who work in this sort of situation, what do you use?


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#1 posted 01-22-2020 07:01 PM

Take at look at my design, while I don’t share the space I am limited and needed a router set up for round overs. As such it doesn’t have a fence set up but could if I needed. It is designed as a drawer to go back when not in use and out when needed. Has DC and motor cooling vents as well as lift and lock ability and above the table bit changes. Could be adapted to a cart instead of a cabinet.

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#2 posted 01-22-2020 10:12 PM

Thanks, that’s a great idea! I can probably do something similar.

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 10:58 PM

This is the lift mechanism I used. You can easily adapt this to use a standard lift kit. I could not for this build the width of the available space was too small. Had to get creative.

https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel-Stand-Table-Laboratory/dp/B07KDXJGX9/ref=sr_1_3?hvadid=78065341707888&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=lab+lift&qid=1579733769&sr=8-3

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#4 posted 01-22-2020 11:28 PM

what saw do you have? A router extension wing saves lots of space and you can get double use out of the fence.

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 01-23-2020 12:15 AM

I agree with MrUnix. If your table saw has a 27” deep cast iron top, there are many router table saw extensions available. I have the Benchdog one from Rockler, and like it. It has dual slots to mount the fence on either side of the router bit. Its fence hangs on included hooks under the extension wing when not in use.

Andy – Arlington TX

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 12:27 AM

He said ‘portable table saw’

Old standby is to mount router plate in scrap sink cutout (usually free at your nearest cabinet shop). This, in turn, can sit on a stack of spare tires, a metal trash can, or even hinged to the wall for fold up storage.

Rockler, grizz, mlcs to name a few all sell small ‘clamp on’ router tables.

M

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#7 posted 01-23-2020 12:32 AM

He said portable table saw
- Madmark2

Yeah, the cast iron thing would be a bit much for that… but there are lots of ways to add a router table extension to portable saws as well. I made one for a cheap Craftsman plastic portable saw that pops in when needed, and is easily removed when not… sits on the extension wing rails and works flawlessly with the saws fence. Have seen plenty of other examples for other portable saws.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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