Now that I am about done with my workbench I have a few other choices
setting up my shop.
Any comments one way or the other about putting a router lift in the
extension table of my unisaw, or building a stand alone table.
I had one mounted on my contractors saw and kinda liked it because it
had a fence already. It didn't have any slots though, but I will be
adding them this time.
Any advantages or disadvantages mounting it on the extension table?
There has to be something that I haven't thought of.
Aside from saving space (and a few dollars), I can't think of a single
reason it is batter to have the router in the table saw extension instead of
a custom made stand alone table.
Ever had to break down a setup to use one tool over the other? Dust
collection will be easier in a stand alone, as will be better fence setup.
I tend to whack together oddball router table arrangements as needed
for a particular project. sometimes I use the saw table, just because
it's easy to drop a board in there and bolt a router to it. I'd never
go to the trouble to permanently mount a lift there.
I also have a dedicated router table. no lift there either- just a big
honkin' plunge router.
I have mine in my TS because I really have no other room.
Before I bought a jointer, planer, sander... I had a separate router table.
It was oh so much better. But you have to do what you can with the room you
If you have the room, the choice is obvious.
On Sun, 27 Aug 2006 19:14:56 -0700, Larry Blanchard
Grizzly has one that's a lot cheaper, but it doesn't have an insert
plate, just a hole for the bit. Router clamps to the underside. Also
doesn't come with a fence, but having two fences on your saw would be
a PITA anyway.
I was dead set on putting mine in the wing, but then I realized I had
a 4'x2' cabinet that wasn't really being utilized very well, just had
the benchtop spindle sander sitting on it, and a pile of crap next to
it. I will have to do some reconfiguring to make it happen, but still
less work than building an extension that won't sag.
Standalone, on good, locking wheels. Mine is normally parked out of the way,
against a wall. To cut small pieces, I just have to hook up the shopvac and
go, and for longer pieces, I wheel it into the middle of the shop. If you
build it as an extension to a bench, you are automatically limiting
I use two locking wheels, but the kind that lock both the wheels themselves
as well as the rotation of the casters. This gives me a very stable setup
and allows me to take big bites out of hardwood without having to balance on
one foot and stop the table from running away the table with the other...
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