I have a Rockler router table that I modified to use in a B&D Workmate. I simply added a 2 x 4 about 4" from the back edge and going all the way across the table, with glue and screws (thru the top). It was the 2" dimension that meets the underside of the router table.)
I hang the table & the Workmate off the wall when I'm not using them. I can supply a picture if you need one but I'll have to chase down my kid, he's got the digital camera in the family. I'd guess this would work with any (flat) router table.
thanks again guys (look forward to the ShopNotes link), y'all have set me thinking and what I really wanted was something similar to the D2655 which replaced the removable top on the workmate. I think I could purchase a router table top as suggested and then fit the appropriate lugs underneath, anyone see a problem with that
One more thought...
if you opened the jaws of the Workmate a router would probably fit in the opening. So almost any router table could be used if you clamped it to the top of the WM and let the router hang in the opening.
I wouldn't say it was "designed" to fit on a workmate table, but I have a benchtop Craftsman router table and I use it on my workmate quite often. I just open the table enough to provide adequate support for the table, and then use a couple of "C" clamps to hold it in place.
I am in the process of building my 4th router table since discovering this forum in december. The 1st was very simple. I got a phenolic plate from MLCS and used a piece of melimine board wraped in pine for the table. On the underside I made a frame of 1x2s around the router cut-out so it could be clamped into my workmate with the router extending down the middle. It worked fine but was kinda low and I was starting a kitchen project and wanted a slightly larger table surface. So #2 was a little bigger with about a 10" tall base still designed to clamp on to the workmate. Table #4 is being built for two reasons.
Reason 1 - Table #3 is a horizontal table mainly built for raizing panels. So I no longer need a large table surface.
Reason 3 - My router now gets used more than any other tool so the table never comes off the workmate. So the new table incorporates its own rolling base with storage for bits,jigs,and accessories. And I will get my workmate back to use as a folding,clamping,portable workbench.
The best way to purchase any of the Shopnotes plans is to buy the magazine. Each issue ofers more than one plan and there are always helpful tips included. If you are in a rush then you can purchase and download the single plan as a PDF file. Woodcraft stores have a good selection of back issues and an index of all plans. Back issues can often be ordered if they are out of stock. Rockler also carries some issues but my local store falls short in this department.
The complete router table is the first table I built using a Rousseau mounting plate. It has proved an excellent value over the years. I am building 2 more at the moment for friends. This is an easy to build table, and it will adapt to using the Oak Park jigs very easily. I highly recommend it.
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