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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-07-2011, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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I am brand new to this forum and have a couple of questions about a project I am planning for right after the first of the year.

Let me start by saying that my workshop is actually also my two car garage. Actually, to be more precise, I have about half of a two car garage to use as the workshop. I currently have a Bosch benchtop router table (RA1181) with a Bosch 1617 series router. So far it has served me welll for the limited use I have gotten from it. The problem is that everytime I want to use it, I have to pull it out from where it is stored, set it all up and then take it all down when done and re-store it. That is a big pain and I am sure subconciously it discourages me from using it as often as I could/should on some of my projects.

So I plan to make some changes both to maximize the limited space I have and to make the router table more easily accessible and user friendly.

I have a Ridgid 3650 contractor saw that I love. My plan it to make a mobile workstation for it to include a router table extension to the right of the right extension wing. Below is a picture of what i am thinking of building:

I am looking at this table top and fence from MCLS:
Amazon.com: MLCS 2394 Extension Router Table Top & Fence with Universal Router Plate: Home Improvement

Lastly I just purchased this Triton router at a very good discount that I plan to put in the table:
Amazon.com: Triton TRA001/TRC001 3-1/4-Horsepower Precision Router: Home Improvement

I am just wondering if this is an acceptable combination of components. Does anyone see any issues about this type of setup that I should be concerned with? I am absolutely open to any and all feedback/suggestions. I want to make sure I get this as right as I can so that I can use the router and router table a lot more than I do now.

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Tom
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Just a quick bump to see if anyone would have any concerns with what I am thinking about doing here.

Thanks in advance
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Tom, what you plan to do will work. I prefer to have my saw and router table as individuals. Saws and router tables need to be at different heights for the most comfortable use. When combined you will often have to remove/change a set up on one or the other to complete a task. Many forum members prefer what you have in mind for their own reasons. As long as you are comfortable with this go for it.

PS: I think you would find much better deals on the Triton in January. Many sales for $200 in the past.

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Tom, what you plan to do will work. I prefer to have my saw and router table as individuals. Saws and router tables need to be at different heights for the most comfortable use. When combined you will often have to remove/change a set up on one or the other to complete a task. Many forum members prefer what you have in mind for their own reasons. As long as you are comfortable with this go for it.

PS: I think you would find much better deals on the Triton in January. Many sales for $200 in the past.
Hi MIke,

Thank you so much for your feedback. For now I am limited on space but when I get a full-blown workshop, I do plan to separate the tow.

I was very lucky with the Triton. I found it for 199 and had a 50 dollar gift card so it wound up costing me 149...plus free shipping to boot....I was very happy indeed
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Tom,
Here are a couple of links that may give you some ideas. I think if you hang that much weight from the aluminum rails it would need to be supported in some way or another.

I have some plans for a mobile workstation at home. I will try and post them this evening.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ion-table.html

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ay-w-pics.html

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"So I plan to make some changes both to maximize the limited space I have and to make the router table more easily accessible and user friendly"

You're absolutely right about that Tom. I started with a benchtop unit and got tired of digging it out and assembling it. Also a lot of things that should have been passed over the table to give them that little something extra... didn't. I finally scrambled around and put a full size table in and couldn't be happier. Hardly ideal as I have to fold up the table saw and roll it out of the way to get to the router table and roll the router table and table saw out of the way to get to the miter saw but everything is at least workable and reasonably convenient.

Nice score on the Triton by the way

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Tom,
Here are a couple of links that may give you some ideas. I think if you hang that much weight from the aluminum rails it would need to be supported in some way or another.

I have some plans for a mobile workstation at home. I will try and post them this evening.

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ion-table.html

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ay-w-pics.html
Hello Darrin,

Thank you. I would love to see the plans of the mobile workstation you have. I am very open to any ideas that can help me do this the right way.

Actually there will be a full cabinet under the table top to fully support the weight. The table top itself will not be attached to the rails or the saw itself.

Thank you.
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"So I plan to make some changes both to maximize the limited space I have and to make the router table more easily accessible and user friendly"

You're absolutely right about that Tom. I started with a benchtop unit and got tired of digging it out and assembling it. Also a lot of things that should have been passed over the table to give them that little something extra... didn't. I finally scrambled around and put a full size table in and couldn't be happier. Hardly ideal as I have to fold up the table saw and roll it out of the way to get to the router table and roll the router table and table saw out of the way to get to the miter saw but everything is at least workable and reasonably convenient.

Nice score on the Triton by the way
Thank you John, I was very lucky to get it at that price. I just could not pass it up. Sounds like you had some of the same challenges I had. I am hoping that this arrangement will help out quite a bit....

Thanks,
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Here is what I did with my Ridgid TS3650.
Router Table Extension on My TS-7-4-11-001.jpgRouter Table Extension on My TS-7-4-11-002.jpgRouter Table Extension on My TS-7-4-11-003.jpg

If you need anymore info or pictures let me know.
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I have a sketchup drawing of my mobile base but can't remember how to upload it. The cabinet is sized so that no shimming or additional support is required for the cast iron top extensions or the router table top.

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