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I am starting a new thread because the picture did not seem to attach to the reply. Ah!! I think I forgot to "upload" the picture.

I have the Benchdog cast iron extension with a prolift on my Delta Unisaw. I find it to be extremely useful for some of the work I do. I have built some fairly large curved plastic parts that are made with a pattern and routed to shape. See the attached picture. The white plastic part is rough sawn to shape on the band saw and then attached to the brown MDF template with double sided tape and routed to final shape with a flush trimming bit. Without the support of the large tables of the saw, it would be difficult to rout this part. The large outfeed table of the saw and the saw table are very good for supporting this large pattern (approx. 4 ft. long).
With the prolift, the bit is easily lowered below the surface for using the saw and the router fence is easily removed and stored below the table on supplied hooks. In addition, the table saw fence can be used with the router when the distance between the fence and bit is large.

I also have a recently completed stand alone router table. See pictures at previous post "Two new router tables".
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Hi Gary,
what, may I ask, is the curved piece for?
(very curious!)

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Question Another Question for you Gary

The last statement in your post threw me a litte: "In addition, the table saw fence can be used with the router when the distance between the fence and bit is large." This seems to suggest that you may end up placing the work piece between the bit and fence....Oh, Oh "Flying Wood" in a post, by our friend Barry found out. If that is not the case..Whew!
This possibly could be used for routing dados, but that's the only thing I can think of and I very much like that idea. When building cabinets there is often a need for a dado cross the width, for a shelf or center support, sometimes up to 24". This saves setting up the dado blade and all the necessary adjustments in the table saw, a great time saver! Congrats on the router cabs! Can you explain or maybe I'm missing an operation that is not known to me. Bill
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Yes, my thought was for dadoes, although I would probably put the dado blade in the saw instead. I don't like flying wood either.
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Don't really know. Customer brought a sample and said "can you make a few of these. I believe it is a rail for a conveyor in a bottling plant.
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Had me going for a bit, it sort of looked like sub-roadbed for a model railroad!

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i have my router in the table saw extension and dont really like it. after watching a ton of router workshop videos i think using something similar to what they use is the way to go so im planning a stand alone router table based on a cabinet i found at a garage sale. the table top will be about 24x42 so it should have plenty of extra support
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If you have the room, Mike, then go for it!
Mine is on an extension because I don't have the room and it's easier to wheel one piece out where the wife parks her car.

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i guess im lucky in that respect, i use part of a two car garage as my shop but i dont have to move anything out of the way to get a car in

it looks like you have a pretty well thought out system there.

the main thing i dont like about having the router in the table saw extension is having to share the fence with the table saw. seems every time i need to use the saw i have to disassemble the router setup which if i only need to use the saw for a second while using the router becomes quite a pain
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