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This post is relocated from the "newbie" section, as it really belongs here.

Recently, courtesy of a freind of a friend of my wife (yes, that's 3 people away) I obtained a large collection of woodworking equipment (table saw, 2 router tables, band saw, jointer, etc, etc), some of which I am keeping and others I am selling since I don't need two (table saw, for instance). One item I received is a brand new (still in the original box) Incra Jig Ultra (IJU) (along with some other related goodies). I've come to learn that this device, which has been replaced by the Incra LS Positioner System, works great for lots of things, but is best applied to an offset router table, which I do NOT have.

I own what I consider a real nice router table - a Bench Dog ProMax RT, a cast iron monster that has the insert plate esentially centered in the table. I would like not to invest in another router table, stand, etc, but instead do something that would alow me to utilize the Incra tool on the Bench Dog.

Now is where the question comes in. Do any of you have any suggestions for adding an extension to the Bench Dog that would allow me to take full advantage of the IJU? My thoughts, although not fully and properly thought out, would be to attach an 1 1/2 inch MDF surface (or perhaps a double layered 3/4 inch plywood) covered with some left over Formica that cantilevers off the back of the existing table and be supported by bracing to the legs on my existing router table frame. As I write this, I fear that this "may" be "side heavy" and wish to tip (especially if I were to lean on it, or place something heavy on it) - so legs would probably be a good idea. Continuing my wacky thinking - my existing router table is on wheels, so the new legs should be also. But....we're talking about a garage floor - not the flattest surface around - so my guess is one or two wheels may not be touching the ground. Ugh - the more I think of this, the harder it gets.

So, back to you - any ideas out there?
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I think pictures may help members here determine the best scenario. Just saying

I was kind of in the same predicament but put the kibosh on the jessem table before I got that far
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Thanks. Will do.
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Cast iron? I doubt you're going to tip it.

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Hi Rick,

Can you attach the plywood base to a piece of 2x2 angle steel and bolt that to the side of the router table?

The fence itself rests on the router table, so there should not be much weight extended out the back?

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