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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Has anybody used an old table saw table and made into a router table? I have a table saw that the motor burned up and was going to use it. Any pictures or tips of what to and not to do would be good.

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Nothing?? Maybe I will be the first.
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I've heard of people thinking about doing it, but I can't recall any completed ones. I personally think it might be more trouble than it's worth. I prefer to mount my router to an insert plate, and modifying a cast iron table saw top to accept a plate might be a challenge if you don't have access to a fair size milling machine.

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Has anybody used an old table saw table and made into a router table? I have a table saw that the motor burned up and was going to use it. Any pictures or tips of what to and not to do would be good.

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Hi Kevin - seems I remember someone doing it about a year ago. They posted some pics of it but I haven't been able to find the thread. Seems I remember they mounted the router underneath with a throat plate insert. I also seem to remember that they were only able to get two bolts afixed there for some reason.
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HI Kevin

Nope , a new member posted some pictures about 30 days ago of doing just that.
I don't recall his name but he made a insert plate for the router bit to pop out of the table saw if I recall..maybe with some luck he will see your post and pop in..


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Thanks Doug, I have a knee mill and just might give it a try. Also the cast iron table saw top you are talking about is what I was wanting to try. Do you have one like this? I don't have a router yet, still shopping around. What is the insert plate you are talking about?

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We must all been typing at the same time. I can do the metal fab thing, sometime it is just a good challenge to see if it can be done..
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If you can mill a new receiver hole that would fit one of the typical router insert plates, it might work nicely. Otherwise, the size of the usual TS insert plate would be a problem, I'd think - too narrow to allow convenient access to the router. The webbing on the underside of the cast table might also present a challenge.

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Thanks Ralph, do you think putting the router where the blade was or move it off to the side a bit?
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I'm with Ralph on this one. I would try to avoid cutting out ribs, even partially. The top is cast as a unit and it would be hard to predict what stresses that might cause. If there is enough space where the blade was to mount the router that's where I would try to put it.
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