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At present Iv'e been using a Ryobi rc180pl router mounted on a Ryobi table saw.
The short commings Iv'e been experiencing are: The table saw has a sliding cross cut sled that continually needs adjustment (the plastic adjusters wearing out quickly).
There is no tract on the table for added fixtures.
The Ryobi router table saw extension isn't very flat and doesn't match up with the table saw very evenly.
When you lock the router, the bit shifts approx. 1/16".
I plan to get rid of both and up-grade to a better saw and router.

Ok, now that you’ve heard all my complaining, here’s what I'm looking for.
I would like to find plans for a more advanced router system.
The plans I've seen so far are fairly basic. But I believe that someone out there has built a better mousetrap. I know there are several commercial ones available but they're a little pricey for me. Besides it would be more fun building my own.
I don't need the cabinet plans, just the table system.
Is there any help?
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Check out this thread for ideas. You can also google router tables and click on the images tab for endless ideas. Thats where I started and how I found this forum. I like the dust collection on this one. Of course I'm partial to the one here as well.

Your only limited by your imagination. Happy building!

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At present Iv'e been using a Ryobi rc180pl router mounted on a Ryobi table saw.
The short commings Iv'e been experiencing are: The table saw has a sliding cross cut sled that continually needs adjustment (the plastic adjusters wearing out quickly).
There is no tract on the table for added fixtures.
The Ryobi router table saw extension isn't very flat and doesn't match up with the table saw very evenly.
When you lock the router, the bit shifts approx. 1/16".
I plan to get rid of both and up-grade to a better saw and router.

Ok, now that you’ve heard all my complaining, here’s what I'm looking for.
I would like to find plans for a more advanced router system.
The plans I've seen so far are fairly basic. But I believe that someone out there has built a better mousetrap. I know there are several commercial ones available but they're a little pricey for me. Besides it would be more fun building my own.
I don't need the cabinet plans, just the table system.
Is there any help?
I would suggest a different and more cost effective approach.
I too have a Ryobi BT 3000 and the Ryobi RC 180 PL.
Instead of using the Ryobi mounting kit for the table saw I got a set of rail extensions from ebay. Built a support for them at one end...made a router table to mount to the extensions. You might want to look into a the miter tract accessory for the BT 3000..again ebay..the seller is in Indiana.
I'm now on revision 6 mod. 5 (building another table). I seems that no matter how I build it there is always something I wish I hada done..
Unless your in the business of woodworking the BT 300 will do all that you ask of it...For any problems try going to the Ryobi BT 3000 forum...I post phots of my project when I get some film for my digital camera..Wal Mart stocks it........

Good luck..
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Russ, for my money the Router Workshop table is the best design. You will find many postings with the reasons for this choice. Plans are available for $4 and include a base cabinet. Visit Oak Park to order.

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