Hey guys, I need some ideas....... I am trying to move my table mounted router to my table saw extension table. I use the same basic system as Bob & Rick, but don't have enough shop space. I really like their methods of work and want to keep them. I also have several of the Oak-Park fixtures and have their router table. In order to make this work, I need to replace the "C" clamps with something else to clamp the fence and fixtures to the table since there is no way to use "C" clamps on the extension table. I'm trying to replace the "C" clamps with toggle clamps. So far everything looks good, but there is a small problem that I've not been able to solve. The fence moves.
Here is what I've done so far:
I set 2 HD "T" tracks into dados routed into the table top on the fence side, perpendicular to the fence. I made a couple of swivel "T" track slides from aluminium and mounted HD toggle clamps on top of them. The idea is to spread the clamping force of the toggle clamp over a large area in the "T" track so it won't be damaged by the usual small bolt head, and at the same time allow the clamp to swivel so the fence can be clamped at a skewed angle. These are working as planned.
I am using HDPE and UHMW Polyethylene for my fences. The problem is I can't get enough clamping force out of the toggle clamps to prevent the fence from walking while the router is running. The poly won't stay put on the formica top. I don't have that problem using "C" clamps, but I cannot use "C" clamps on this table top.
I thought of inlaying a non slip material into the fence, but I can't think of what to use. I don't want to use sandpaper or anything abrasive that will scratch up my table top.
I'm open for suggestions and ideas. I'm about a micro inch away from abandoning this project and figureing out somewhere to set up my original table. Any and all thoughts on the subject are appreciated.