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I started building my new router table this week, so I thought I'd post some pictures as I progress through the build. The original plan was for it to be attached to my table saw to save space in my small shop. That's still going to happen, but I modified it a bit from the original idea. Now it will be attached, but by removing a dozen bolts, it will become a free standing table. The top has four bolts through the cast iron extension of the table saw. I drilled holes in the cast, then drilled and tapped the top. Since it won't be carrying any weight, I opted for just tapping the wood and MDF rather than installing metal fasteners. The weight of the table will be carried by two poplar 1"x4" boards that are attached to the saw via four 1/4" x 1" aluminum straps. The table top sits on these boards which will also attach to the carcase with 5/16" bolts through the poplar and into tee nuts inside the cabinet. The cabinet will attach to the top with pocket screws. I had originally planned to attach to the fence guides with tee bolts, but doing so would have made removing the table from the saw nearly impossible, so the holes and slots in the bottom of the table will be for naught.

This will be sort of Norm's ultimate cabinet, but as you can see, I added a drawer below the router. The back will be open behind the router. I just haven't gotten to that yet. The area where the router will hang is 12" x 12" x 18". I'm sure this is smaller than Norm's, but it is about the same size as the area under my Craftsman aluminum topped router table. I never felt that was too small to get at the router when I needed to. Since I'll be installing a plate, the size should be even less of a factor. I had to squeeze this area because the width is restricted by my table saw dimensions. I wanted to have realistically sized drawers on the sides for bits, etc. The open area for the drawers is 5 1/4" wide, so though they will be narrow, they should be usable. This is just a dry fit at this point. I have a lot to do before any glue hits the wood. The good news is what I have so far seems to fit pretty well.

My wife picked the laminate for the top...big mistake! I guess it's "pretty," but pencil lines just disappear on it. Oh, well, I guess there's masking tape.

I'll post more pictures in this thread as the project progresses. I tend to forget to stop and take pictures, so some of the steps went by without pics...sorry.
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Hi Russ.
Nice project. Keep the pics coming.

James
Whittier, CA.

Have a nice & safe day!
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Nice one, looking very good so far.

How are you planning to fit the draws? On wooden runners , shop bought metal runners or some other way. I'm not sure how to do my draws but My carcass is planned to be built just how yours looks.

Keep coming with the photos. I know what you mean about forgetting to photo each step, I just seem to get so involved and then remember several steps later on.

Cheers Si
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Nice one, looking very good so far.

How are you planning to fit the draws? On wooden runners , shop bought metal runners or some other way. I'm not sure how to do my draws but My carcass is planned to be built just how yours looks.

Keep coming with the photos. I know what you mean about forgetting to photo each step, I just seem to get so involved and then remember several steps later on.

Cheers Si
Thanks, Si. As to the drawers, they are still kind of evolving in my mind. The small ones will obviously slide wood on wood. I think the one just below the router and the two left hand lower ones will probably slide on wood as well. The deep one on the bottom will probably have to be on a store bought runner since it will probably house a router and a base. That could change yet. I woke up this morning with another design change on the cabinet. Since I'm screwing the back to the cabinet (no glue), I think I'll add another cleat at the back for another way to attach the cabinet to the top. The nice part of building your own table is that you can customize it at will. The bad part of building your own table is that you can customize it at will.
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Interesting that you are building a router table for your table saw and I am wishing my router table was not a part of my table saw.

I have a 10 inch Craftsman saw with the router cutout and holes for mounting the router as a part of the table.

I made many hundreds of feet of molding while building my house over the course of the last couple of years. I found the router and fence were always in the way when I wanted to make a crosscut or rip a larger piece of wood.

I have many other saws including a drop saw and a circular saw so there was always a way around it but I always thought about getting a table for the router with locking wheels.

Let me know what you think of the arrangement when you get it made.
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I forgot to mention, looks like you are doing a really nice job and not skimping on the screws either. Are you gluing the joints as well?
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Hi Russ,
Very Nice.
2 Questions:
1. Did you laminate both sides of the top?
2. How did you fasten the RT top to the TS top? I can see the bolt heads at the edge of the TS top, but, did you lag them into the edge of the RT top, or are they "carriaged" with a blind slot?

Just curious because I'll be making a similar deal for my Ridgid TS2424. I really like you idea of making it convertible from TS mount to console mount. I may do that too.

What's the dust collection strategy for when it's on the table saw? (I know, that three questions-I'll ask one less next time - lol).
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Nice looking job Russ!

I will be following this because I have the same table saw and was thinking about building a router table attached to the right side as you are doing. Couldn't (didn't...gave up on it) figure out how to get around the complexities of having it match up with the tablesaw surface and still attach it to the side rails, so I just gave up and built Norm's with a few mods to fit me and my needs/desires.

Building a table is a fun thing to do and well worth the effort. By the way, I did all three of my big drawers with side-mounted slides and it wasn't all that difficult to do. (First time I ever did it.) I'm happy I did it that way because I have some weighty items in them and I think using wood glides like I did with the bit drawers would probably not work out as well.

Keep the pics coming please...and never let your wife pick out woodworking stuff!!
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Your table looks good, I think you will regret having it on the end of the saw. I started out this way and quickly realized that something was always in the way when I needed the router, had to move everything before I could start. I built a free standing table and have no regrets.
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Yup, I chose pure white laminate for that very reason. Looks a lot like mine!
Having it attached to the TS worked OK for me although I used the TS Fence as the router fence too so that I didn't have to remove it to crosscut or rip large panels.
When I rebuild the top (and one day I will) I WILL laminate both sides.
I used 3/4" MDF with holes for the bits in laid the bottom of the bit drawers, 6 drawer all told.
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