The plunge mechanism is controlled by a couple of springs trapped in
the plunge mechanism. It is not too big a deal to remove the springs
if you want to mount the router in a table. The trick then becomes
how to "dial in" a specific bit height. You may be better off saving
your pennies for one of those Triton (made in Australia?) routers that
come with the "above the table" bit height crank knob. There are also
good plans online for bit height adjusters that are basically a chunk
of all-thread and a plywood disc.
Make sure to invest in some hearing protection... routers really
The best router table I have ever had was a replacement wing for my
table saw... I can use the table saw fence for the router, and I
save a whole bunch of space in my shop. The wing was kind of pricey,
but then again so is buying/building a good standalone router table.
Good idea. I did something similar with a RAS, just drilled holes under the
table for the base of a non-plunge router. No rip fence, but c-clamping a
guide on the table was no biggie. Used it mebbe once. :)
I screwed a sabre saw to the underside of a table saw leaf, for a diy jig
saw. Controlled the speed with a variac. THAT was handy!
A diy drop-leaf of 3/4 ply on a workbench would do well, also, and serve
other purposes when another cupla square feet of bench are needed.
Well, mebbe not 3/4 ply for a sabre saw -- 1/8" alum sheet or steel would
be better for under-mounting a sabre saw, altho the 3/4 wood seemed OK for
Get yourself a good book on routers, or visit the library and check
out a couple. Keep a good grip while using it, they are deceptively
In Craftsman routers of that vintage, beware the ARHA feature. It might be
the reason the router was almost new. It doesn't take very long to get
tired of the feature.
(arha=automatic, random height adjustment)
No offense intended. The arha feature is something of a running reference
in another newsgroup about that particular routers tendency to have bits
slip in the collet and therefore automatically (and randomly) change the
depth of cut. Here's hoping yours doesn't do that. To answer your
question, yes, it can be mounted in a router table. I had mine in one for
years in addition to using it handheld. You definitely want it in a router
table if you plan on spinning any larger diameter bits.
IIRC the Craftsman routers are not thought of well by woodworkers as the
collets tend to loosen when they should stay tight and as a result gain the
nick name carbide ejectors or something like that.
You might want to ask about them on rec.woodworking those guys seem to know
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