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I have a fairly new cabinet saw with a 52" fence. It has two cast extension wings and one particle board/formica wing that is about three feet long to reach the outer limits of the rip capacity.

I'm trying to figure out where to cut the hole for the router plate in the extension wing. It seems like it ought to go as far away from the blade as possible, to minimize the change of having to tear down a router setup when using the saw to cut wood.

Before I cut a hole in the extension wing, I thought I'd solicit some opinions.
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OK. I will confess to being impatient. I cut the plate into the extension table just now. lol!

It's a Jessem M-R-L 2 and I used the Kreg levelers designed specifically for the purpose. That way, I could cut the hole with the Jessem template, screw on the levelers, and I was good to go. To be fair, it's the lazy man's way but it worked and looks nice.
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I was going to point out that particle board/chip board isn't the most stable structure around in terms of stress from a heavy router pulling downwards. Maybe brace the underside with angle iron or else the board will either sag or the router will eventually pull out. A single drop of water will start the rot so don't drink and drive :-)
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Thanks, cagenuts.

I intend to build a new extension with storage. This one is only a few days old and it is already sagging under it's own weight, just slightly.

I will heed your advice and install a couple of braces. The wing has a piece of angle in the middle of the surface to brace it but it's pretty light.
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Hello Tom! I just read Your post, and needed to say that many home built, along with industrial built are made from partical board! The same stuff used in cabinets, but I have the correct name wrong. In order to have them stand up to the weight, 2 pieces of material are glued together giving You a 1&1/2 in thick board. The boards are checked for crown, and such and glued together so the crowns are setting out the outside and pulled together to make a perfectly, (or almost flat surface. When dry, and after checking for flatness, Plastic laminant is glued to both sides of the table, or what I call skinning. The laminet does not streach , giving You a table that can hold the heavy routers and be able to stay flat. By the way, Welcome! I notice that You have three post, so injoy the forums and most of all, enjoy the forum!

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Thanks for the info and the warm welcome, Dutchman 46.


By the way, I put it out at the very end of the extension wing. It's weird to be working so far away from the saw but I thought it might increase the likelihood of being able to use the TS without having to tear down the router setup.

I'm going to re-build the extension wing so I'm not that worried about it. If it can work this way for a couple of years, I'll be happy enough.


Thanks again for the welcome. I've been enjoying this site for quite a while. I just didn't have any reason to post until recently.

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The boards are checked for crown, and such and glued together so the crowns are setting out the outside and pulled together to make a perfectly, (or almost flat surface.
Howard,

I'm confused by your wording. If you check the crown (^ and ^) and put them to the outside ( <> ), then you'll have a bubble in the center (unless you had a heck of a press to clamp them together until glued).

If you put the crowns towards each other ( >< ), then then crowns will be in the center with the edges lifted up... when you clamp the outside edges, it glues out flat-ish... right? Isn't that what you meant? (Although mdf usually lays fairly flat compared to boards.)

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Howdy Tom Brown - I would welcome you also but I'm new as yourself. Its an interesting thread because I have been thinking about building a router table on an extension to my Grizz G0478. I dont see problems with saw/router conflict. Just trying to decide which type of material to use for table. Also, somewhat confused about different templates to cut out for router install. I'll have to look this site over!!! Welcome anyway.
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