I'm building an extension table on my Jet table saw to house a router for
sake of space. I've seen some of the Rockler router table extensions, and
they use slots to guide and hold the fence. I have a 30" Jetfence, with
cast iron wings. If I buy the Rockler extension, I'd have to take out the
right cast iron wing, which I don't want to do. This is why I'm making my
own "smaller" version that will fill up the empty space.
My questions are:
1. Is there any advantage in somehow using the table saw fence as a router
2. If so, how can I go about doing it? I can't figure out any way to attach
another fence to it, without drilling holes in it. I've never used a router
table, but it seems like a clamped on fence would get in the way, so that
seems out of the question.
I've searched all over this newsgroup and can't find the answer to this.
I'm not an expert, so what I am asking may be stupid.
Thanks in advance,
I built the table extension in no time, but I had holes in the stamped wings
to bolt it to. You may have to get inventive. If you look close you'll see
two pieces of t-track inlayed into the table (they're blue). These are for
the t-bolts that lock the Rockler fence in place. I cut the "t" portion out
of one end of each piece so I can drop the fence in or remove it quickly.
The "box" looking thing below the table is one of two simple drawers I made
to hold bits/wrenches etc.
I have used the TS fance a couple of times, but rarely. I'd suggest a second
fence for the router table. I used it today as a matter of fact, and I'm
still glad I did it this way.
it's already there. it's probably stouter than a typical router table
fence. it has an accurate and repeatable adjustment mechanism.
if your fence has parallel vertical sides make a fence that straddles
the rip fence.
what the heck, drill some holes. it's a tool... it's there to help
you get some work done, not to look pretty sitting there.
it will be in the way for ripping operations. this is the nature of
having the router and the saw share the station- one will always be in
the way of the other.....
it will also restrict you to a fence that runs front to back, if you
want to use it while standing where you'd stand to use the saw. front
to back is less useful (imo) on a router table than a fence that runs
side to side, generally behind the bit. if you work at the router
table from the end of the extension wing the fence will be in the
right orientation, but adjusting the fence may mean walking back and
forth. since you are doing this to save space you may not be able to
work from the end of the wing.
if it was stupid you'd see it asked a _lot_.
; ^ )
I own a JET 10" contractors saw and have attached a "sacrificial" fence
to the JET fence with bolts (requires driling holes. Only problem I
found was that as I tightened the bolts, the sacrificial fence would
lean over (causing out of square condition).
You can avoid this through the use of double sided tape, or shim the
fence to maintain squareness. Double sided tape can be a pain when you
go to remove the sacrificial fence. If the tape has been on for a long
time it can be a real pain to remove...
One thing you have to be aware of, the JET fence unless "firmly"
tightened down will deflect over .020". Which when pushing items
against the fence can cause "wavey" cuts. This can be avoided by
ensuring that you have fully bottomed out the cam assembly, or by
putting a clamp on the outfeed end.
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