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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    39.92*N x 86.01*W

    In which we add a new router table to the chaos

    The ongoing evolution of my Shop has achieved another milestone.

    Quite some time back, like I dunno, a year and a half or something, I posted some pics of a stand/cabinet I built for my little Ryobi benchtop Table Saw.

    This past January, I finally upgraded that toy to a "Real" table saw, the new Ridgid Granite Top Saw:

    At the same time, I had a little (also Ryobi) benchtop router table, that I have been wanting to upgrade.

    I had saved the big chunk of countertop that I had cut out to fit the table saw, if you notice, that is what the router table is bolted to, that is clamped to the workbench, there in the last pic. So, having acquired a router lift, and yet another Hitachi M12VC router, I figured a way to re-attach that chunk back into the cabinet, cut out an opening for the lift, plowed out a fitting for a miter channel & T-track, and bolted the whole mess together, so that big table saw cabinet has now become a big router table.

    I also added a fence positioner - looks like one of the Incra gadgets, but is actually Pinnacle brand, which Woodpeckers makes as a Woodcraft house brand.

    The next step in the project, is to build a couple of drawers to fit either side of the lift, into that big open area below the counter top, and add a door directly in front of the router, so as to help channel all the sawdust down & out to the dust extraction port.

    All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the new toys I've built for myself.

    -Kevin in Indy
    "Heroic? He fell off his bloody Aeroplane!"

  2. #2
    Nice upgrades mate
    daiku woodworking

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Great progress. You will notice a big difference in your routing.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    A router table with a lift is on my "to do list", but I need to plan it carefully, not for the table but for the router and lift needed.

    Looks like a great table Kevin, and I'm sure that your routing is far safer and precise now
    Best regards,

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's a couple of very nice upgrades to the shop. Well done.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Sweet upgrades Kevin. I like the table saw!
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Kevin you will get lots of use out of both upgrades, and I'm sure you will really enjoy using the both too!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Those look great Kevin.

    Your old setup inspired me to do similar things with my benchtop TS and router table...maybe I need to follow you again and upgrade.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    That is one great re-use of that cabinet! Great job!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Very nice - congrats!
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